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Psychology Schools in Georgia

Many of Georgia’s colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate psychology degree programs to help prepare graduates for careers in a wide range of psychology-related fields, such as clinical psychology and forensic psychology. The following guide is designed to give you an overview of psychology programs offered in Georgia and to help you make an informed decision on the best program for your career goals. In addition to the many traditional psychology programs in Georgia, online schools offer an affordable, flexible alternative to earning a psychology degree.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 49 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Georgia.
  • 12 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate: Emory University 88%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Brewton-Parker College 51%1
  • Highest net price*: Spelman College $29,5621
  • Lowest net price*: Macon State College $5,2081
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Georgia with psychology and counseling programs*: $8,815 – $38,0362
  • 3 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Georgia (15), Georgia Institute of Technology (30), and North Georgia College & State University (96).
  • 3 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Emory University (20), Georgia Institute of Technology (36), and University of Georgia (63).
    We found four highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Emory University (47), Georgia Institute of Technology (70), Georgia State University (76), and University of Georgia (84).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs. Transfer-out rate is the percentage of students who started as a freshman in 2005 and transferred to a different school without earning a degree at the initial institution.

Continue reading the following profiles of several popular psychology programs in Georgia to give you an idea of the different psychology degree options available in the state.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Georgia

University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia’s Master of Arts (MA) in Humanistic Psychology gives graduate students the option of pursuing a thesis track or a non-thesis track. Graduate students planning to move on to a doctoral program are encouraged to opt for the thesis track. Students in the thesis track must complete 33 credits and those in the non-thesis track must complete 45 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Non-thesis track students can take a maximum of 12 credits in another discipline. All graduate students must take two required “gateway” courses in the foundations of humanistic psychology and human growth and potential. The university’s graduate program sets itself apart from traditional masters programs in that it focuses on a holistic approach with extensive study of the thinkers – such as Freud – of the field. Students, regardless of the track, may participate in a practicum, which generally focuses on psychotherapy.

Augusta State University
Augusta State University features a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology. The full-time program requires graduate students to attend classes all year around, which allows for completion of degree requirements in five semesters. Classes are only offered during the day. Graduate students will take a full range of psychology courses in such areas as social psychology, learning psychology, and developmental psychology. Graduate assistantships are available on a limited a basis and provide graduate students with a stipend and a discount on tuition. Graduate students can become involved in on campus activities, such as joining Psi Chi, attending the annual fall lecture series, and supporting the annual Yancey Mental Health Golf Tournament.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Georgia

strong>Columbus State University
Columbus State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program that provides students with a solid foundation in psychology preparatory to entry level careers or graduate study. Required courses in the program include Research Design/Methodology; Learning or Cognitive Psychology; Biological Psychology or Sensation and Perception. Students select additional psychology courses from a register of electives that includes study in comparative psychology, behavioral psychology, evolutionary psychology, and a variety of courses in other clinical and research areas. During the final term students take a major field assessment course which includes a baccalaureate examination in psychology. The Department of Psychology hosts a chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, in addition to its own Psychology Club. These student-driven organizations provide peer support, networking, and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that supplement the learning experience. Student learning is further supported by the program’s experienced faculty, who represent diverse specializations in psychology, as well as the school’s dedicated research labs and facilities.

Georgia Gwinnett College
Psychology majors at Georgia Gwinnett College, which offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology, may opt for one of four concentrations in clinical and personality psychology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience, development and educational psychology, and social and applied psychology. All psychology majors must complete 60 credits of general education requirements and three credit hours of physical education and wellness in addition to 60 psychology credits. Psychology majors are permitted to complete up to two internships, one of which can be in lieu of the senior capstone project. Internships generally take place at a community facility, in a research laboratory, on-campus, or by shadowing a practicing professional.

University of Georgia
The University of Georgia allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. The 121-credit undergraduate program requires students to complete general college requirements in math, science, English, physical education, and history in addition to psychology core and elective courses. All psychology majors must take research design and research analysis and choose one course from those offered in biological psychology and social psychology. The psychology department offers both internship and research opportunities within the department and encourages students to join the campus chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students, and the Neuroscience Student Association.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Georgia

Ashworth College
6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500
Norcross, GA 30092
(404) 990-3751
https://www.ashworthcollege.edu/

Student Review: “Studying psychology at Ashworth College has been an enjoyable experience for me. The curriculum and class format is easy to follow and the staff are helpful and easy to communicate with. I have especially enjoyed learning about social psychology in such classes as Multicultural Psychology and Social Problems. Even classes like Cultural Anthropology have really made me change how I view my own and different cultures and societies. However, I feel that the program focuses too much on statistics and math. I chose psychology because I am interested in the human mind and society but there is too much emphasis on statistics, psychological testing and experiment designs. I hope that in the future they will change the program to either focus on social psychology (my preference) or clinical psychology (statistics and experiments).” -Student at Ashworth College
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Georgia Southern University
1332 Southern Dr
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 478-4636
http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/

Student Review: “Overall, I enjoyed my time with the Georgia Southern Psychology program. The department was large enough that there were many classes offered on a variety of interesting topics, and it was small enough that I was able to get to know my professors and work in multiple labs. I doubt I would have had those opportunities if I had gone to a larger school. Being able to work with professors allowed me to see how real research was conducted so that I could first work with professors and graduate students and then move on to my own independent projects. I ended up presenting posters and giving a talk at different local conferences, which prepared me very well for my graduate-level work.” – Student at Georgia Southern University
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Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 681-2800
http://www.morehouse.edu/

Student Review: “My school psychology program seemed very generic. We read the standard texts that we were supposed to read, but I never felt I got a firm grasp on psychology as a holistic field. What I mean by that is I was never interested in pursuing anything beyond the textbooks. We occasionally had labs where we did surveys and analyzed data, but our work never seemed to be groundbreaking in any meaningful way. The psychology program at college was dwarfed by other programs (biology and business) so we were likely one of the more poorly funded programs on campus. What I did like about my program was the faculty. They were young, and despite their curriculum limitations, tried to engage us in the subject matter.” – Student at Morehouse College
stars-3

University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597
(706) 864-1400
http://ung.edu/

Student Review: “At the University of North Georgia, I have had a wonderful experience. I am a psychology major and each professor is extremely nice and always open to help out when needed. In-fact, I haven’t had one bad professor at this school. I will admit that some of the classes can be boring, but that is the subject matter, not the professor. I also love the campus. The faculty is always very helpful and there are always things to do. There is a great psychology club on campus where you can mingle with other people in your major. You will love it here, I promise!” – Student at University of North Georgia
stars-5

Wesleyan College
45 Wyllys Ave
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-2000
http://www.wesleyan.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Wesleyan College consisted of small student to teacher ratio class size, where there would be a maximum of ten students in one class. The classes were always three credit hours that contained massive amounts of readings. These readings often were selections taken from textbooks and journal articles, and many had the reading comprehension level of a graduate student. The program not only enhanced my communication and critical thinking skills, but also taught me how to effectively conduct a literature review, design and conduct a study, and analyze results. One aspect that I felt could be improved in the program is the types of tests given to students. The majority of tests were always essay format, but there were few multiple choice options. This led many seniors in my graduating class to fail to perform well on major standardized multiple choice tests. If more of these tests are given, then students can gain expertise in how to take these tests.” – Student at Wesleyan College
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References:
1. College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: http://colleges.niche.com/search/st-ga/m-psychology-and-counseling/t-traditional/