Psychology Schools in Missouri

The following guide to psychology schools in Missouri, which includes profiles of several undergraduate and graduate programs in the state, provides essential information designed to make choosing the right psychology program for your career goals easier. The many colleges and universities in Missouri feature a range of psychology programs ranging from general psychology to behavioral neuroscience. Those students who require flexibility and convenience when earning a degree may want to consider a college or university that offers partially or fully online undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 38 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Missouri.
  • 14 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Washington University in Saint Louis 93%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Lincoln University 52%1
  • Highest net price*: Saint Louis University – Main Campus $33,5721
  • Lowest net price*: Missouri Southern State University $8,1431
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Missouri with psychology and counseling programs*: $7,016 – $44,8412
  • 3 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: Truman State University (19), University of Missouri—Columbia (66), and Missouri University of Science and Technology (100).
  • 3 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Washington University in St. Louis (14), St. Louis University (92), and University of Missouri (97).
  • We found 4 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Washington University in St. Louis (18) University of Missouri at Columbia (54), University of Missouri at Saint Louis (125), and University of Missouri at Kansas City (146).

*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.

Keep reading to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at the top universities in Missouri.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Missouri

Missouri State University
Missouri State University allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology in the traditional four years or in an accelerated three-year program. Psychology majors pursuing a bachelor of arts must complete six fine arts credits, 12 credits in a foreign language, two history courses, and a philosophy class, in addition to psychology and general college requirements to fulfill degree requirements. Students, who maintain a 3.25 or higher GPA, may be considered for the Honors Program, which requires participants to complete additional academic work in such areas as writing, research, or practical experience.

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Psychology majors at Missouri University of Science and Technology may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Students opting for the BA program will complete a combination of general college requirements and courses in the liberal arts, including a foreign language while the BS program focuses more on math, computer science, and physical science. All psychology majors must take the same core psychology courses. Psychology students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship to gain hands-on, real-world experience while eligible students may want to join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Missouri

University of Missouri
The University of Missouri at St. Louis confers the Master of Arts (MA) in General Psychology with students able to specialize in behavioral neuroscience or industrial and organizational psychology. Graduate students opting for the behavioral neuroscience specialization must complete 32 credits to fulfill degree requirements while industrial and organizational psychology majors will undertake 45 credits. Psychology students, who may only begin the program in the fall, may complete their studies on a full-time or a part-time basis. The neuroscience program requires students to take such courses as psychopharmacology, cognitive psychology, and quantitative methods. The psychology department admits a maximum of two terminal master’s students each year with the possibility that no students may be admitted in a year.

University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri features a 37-credit graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) in Psychology. The program, which requires a thesis, is designed to prepare students to continue on to doctoral study. Psychology students must complete between 28 and 31 credits in core requirements, which encompass such topics as biological bases of behavior, personality, social bases of behavior, thesis preparation, and ethics and professional issues in psychology. Students may also participate in a clinical or a research practicum with past students working at Missouri’s Veterans Home, Royal Oaks Hospital, and Blue Springs Police Department. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required before students can graduate from the program.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Missouri

Columbia College
1001 Rogers St
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-8700

Student Review: “Columbia College’s psychology program was well worth my time and my money. The curriculum was challenging and rigorous. Each course that was required for the degree designed to educate the student on the various fields of psychology. Each of the professors I had the pleasure of learning from were very well-educated in the field and I felt comfortable with what they were teaching me along the way. I really appreciated the time they took to prepare for our sessions. I really felt that the program prepared me for the field of social work and psychology.” – Student at Columbia College

Evangel University
1001 Rogers St
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-8700

Student Review: “The psychology program at Evangel University was well structured. The professors that I had in class were easily relatable to and provided a healthy learning atmosphere. One thing I enjoyed was the fact that so many of them were personable. I remember one week where there was a test coming up the next day, and the professor text all the students asking to meet her at McDonalds to review the study guide together for the upcoming test. The difficulty of the work was fair. I did not find it too overwhelming, but neither did I find that one could easily procrastinate. I would not recommend taking any classes online for this program just because there is such a disconnect between what the style and method of delivery in class, and the way information is presented online. Overall I would suggest to anyone else looking to enter into a psychology program at a university to consider Evangel University.” – Student at Evangel University

Missouri University of Science and Technology
1870 Miner Cir
Rolla, MO 65409
(573) 341-4111

Student Review: “My experience with the psychology program at Missouri University of Science and Technology has been reasonably good. It is a small department on an engineering campus consisting of a close-knit group of students and professors. I was able to do research work for several of the professors throughout my undergraduate studies, and I believe this experience was useful because I learned skills I wouldn’t have otherwise. I was also rather pleased with the course options available, and there were often more specialized courses aside from your typical general psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and abnormal psychology. For example, I was able to take a course specifically regarding Adolescent and Teen psychology as well as educational psychology. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my courses, and I think the relationships I made with my professors definitely contributed toward this. The only downside is that I was unable to determine a career path with my degree. My interests were (and still are) so broad in the range of psychology that I’m unsure what I can actually do with my degree. I feel the department let me down in this regard.” – Student at Missouri University of Science and Technology

Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr
Parkville, MO 64152
(816) 741-2000

Student Review: “The main thing I loved about my school psychology program is that they always were informed on the latest psychological research. Because they were always informed in the latest research, it made the main courses that much more engaging. Even when I opted to take online courses in the department, I never felt as though I was receiving a lesser education than those students who attended the more traditional format of the class. However, the one thing I did dislike about taking the majority of my classes online was that my teachers were located all over the country, so it made it difficult to ask important questions and receive a quick response, but overall I would recommend the program as a whole.” -Student at Park Universitystars-4

Saint Louis University
221 N Grand Blvd
St Louis, MO 63103
(800) 758-3678

Student Review: “Saint Louis University’s Bachelors in Psychology program gave me a solid foundation in my field, as well as the opportunity to take more advanced classes on a wide array of interesting topics. My introductory classes were well-taught, usually by experienced professors, which was surprising to me. Some classes utilized TAs, but they were not the primary instructors. When I began higher level classes, the quality as well as style of instruction was more varied. I still enjoyed and learned a lot from the majority of my classes, but I wish there had been more oversight on some of them. Some upper-level professors were clearly more suited to research and did not always have an interest in (or aptitude for) teaching. On the whole, though, I felt my program was well-structured. There were also plenty of opportunities to attend lectures and special events, and an active chapter of the psychology honors society. Though not a member, this meant that I was always surrounded by intelligent and passionate people. That was what I valued most- being part of a challenging and vibrant community, students and professionals alike.” – Student at Saint Louis University

Truman State University
100 E Normal St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4000

Student Review: “My experiences at Truman State University and the psychology program there were, on the whole, rather negative. Many professors seemed distant from those students not attached to their various sponsored professional organizations or research teams. There were definite exceptions, and several of my professors provided me with some of my most enjoyable academic experiences through their interactivity and enthusiasm. But many professors seemed more intent on following syllabi and parsing needlessly through laborious texts, outdated historical information, and assignments that amounted to busy work. Falling in love with one’s own content rather than finding ways to make the subject accessible to everyone devalues the subject and makes learning for someone like myself frustrating. As a result, I still ended up with a completely acceptable GPA upon graduation, but that masked the lack of value I found from my time in the program.” -Student at Truman State Universitystars-2

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121

Student Review: “The University of Missouri psychology program was wonderful. I feel like my professors were competent and confident. They brought a lot of insight into the program and took their profession seriously. The professors were all well-known in the psychology world for their accomplishments. Office hours were readily available and professors were willing to meet outside of office hours if necessary. The students in this program also took their studies seriously which aiding in what was taken from my course work. I feel like the psychology community at the University of Missouri of Columbia is a great program. There is no opportunity for online studies but they do have night studies.” – Student at The University of Missouri

William Woods University
One University Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251
(573) 642-2251

Student Review: “As long as you’re willing to make your own road-map in terms of where you want to go after your undergrad program, the professors will most certainly work with you to make it possible. William Woods has the LEAD program, which makes it particularly easy to get an audience for presentations or subjects for research or experiments. As students in the LEAD program must attend so many LEAD events for points for scholarship money, you may register to make any research event or any presentation of your research a qualified event. Also, because it’s a small school teachers are very willing to schedule classes based on what special needs your graduate program may require, and teachers can even tailor courses to what students need or want. It’s very personal, in a way that benefits you directly as if it were a completely personal school.” – Student at William Woods University

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=MO&major=psychology&sort=best