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Psychology Schools in West Virginia

The following guide to psychology schools in West Virginia, which includes several profiles of specific graduate and undergraduate psychology programs, is designed to help you make an informed decision on the best program for your academic goals. West Virginia’s colleges and universities feature programs in general psychology as well as in clinical psychology, media psychology, and social psychology. Students, who want to earn a psychology degree but who require flexibility, may also want to consider a bachelor’s or master’s psychology program as offered partially or fully online.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 16 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in West Virginia.
  • Three schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate: Wheeling Jesuit University 62%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Concord University 47%1
  • Highest net price: Bethany College $21,0331
  • Lowest net price: West Virginia State University $6,8741
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in West Virginia with psychology and counseling programs: $10,784 – $25,6402
  • 0 schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013.
  • 0 schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100).
  • We found 0 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking.

*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 below to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered in West Virginia and online.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in West Virginia

West Virginia University
West Virginia University awards both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Approximately 75 percent of students opt for the BA degree. Both programs require students to complete 128 credits in general college coursework and core and elective psychology courses. In addition to traditional psychology classes, psychology students can gain practical experience through a teaching practicum, in which students serve as tutors, or a field experience at a local clinical facility. Psychology majors may also create and complete an independent study and eligible students may want to apply for the honors psychology program, which requires students to write a thesis. The program culminates in a capstone project. Students may also join the Psych Club or Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling Jesuit University offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health Sciences, Behavioral Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Advanced Statistics and Data Management. Graduates of the BS in Psychology program will be prepared to pursue graduate study or enter the field in an entry-level position. Coursework includes General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, History & Systems of Psychology, a selection of electives, and seminars. A minor is also offered in Psychology. Students at Wheeling Jesuit will have access to over $250,000 worth of equipment to support them during the program.

Psychology Graduate Programs in West Virginia

Marshall University
Marshall University features a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology program with students having the option of specializing in clinical psychology. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits to fulfill degree requirements, although many students complete more than that. All graduate students create a plan of study, in which they identify the courses they will take in accordance with their career goals. Required courses encompass biological bases of behavior, statistics, developmental psychology, ethical and legal issues in psychology, and a research seminar. A thesis and a comprehensive exam are mandatory. Prospective students must fill out an application and provide three letters of recommendation.

West Virginia University
West Virginia University offers several options for graduate programs in psychology, including five doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Life-Span Developmental Psychology. The Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology PhDs are based on the scientist-practitioner model, with equal emphasis on research and practice. All students in the program must complete a one-year full-time APA-approved internship, which will be completed in year five or six for students who enter with a bachelor’s degree and in year four or five for those students who enter with a master’s degree and approved thesis. Most students take an average of just over five years to complete the program, and 87% of graduates between 2005 and 2015 went on to become licensed psychologists. Courses in the Clinical Psychology program include Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, Child Behavior Therapy, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology, Biological Aspects of Behavior, and Seminar in Life-Span Development.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in West Virginia

American Military University
111 W Congress St
Charles Town, WV
(877) 755-2787
http://www.amu.apus.edu/

Student Review: “American Military University is by far one of the best college experiences I’ve ever had. Being in the military and dealing with deployments and permanent change of stations makes it a little bit harder trying to attend a school on campus. Hence, this is why I love American Military University! The psychology program can be demanding at times but when you have great teachers that are willing accommodate their military students with extra help and flexibility around deployments schedules. Their online courses are easy to navigate throughout the classrooms and the coursework/deadlines are clearly stated throughout syllabus. Each course is only 8 weeks long but several courses can be extended to 16 weeks. Their online tech support is always up to par and teachers are readily available through email and discussion boards. American Military University also provides forums and conferences to enhance your knowledge on several topics such as career fairs and bring in psychological experts to discuss specialized topics dealing with psychology. The counselors are great and are willing to review your progression and see what exactly your educational goals are to provide you a greater educational path. But overall, being a busy mom, service member and wife, American Military University was the way to go!” – Student at American Military University
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West Virginia University Morgantown
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26506
(304) 293-0111
http://www.wvu.edu/

Student Review: “I attended the master’s degree program at West Virginia University in counseling/guidance, part of the psychology department. It was a three-semester program. Our class was very small, only about 28 students, so we received very individualized attention. All areas of the field were covered; we took “field trips” to different institutions to get a feel for what working would be like in those areas. We also did clinical rotations through various clinics and institutions. All in all, it was a great experience with a lot of one-on-one help and assistance.” -Student at West Virginia University
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WV Wesleyan College
59 College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201
(304) 473-8000
http://www.wvwc.edu/

Student Review: “Attending the WVWC psychology program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The small class sizes and department faculty were two of the most important factors to my success. Classes were usually no more than 20 students and the professors really took the time to connect with each individual in order to facilitate the best learning experience. With the option of Track I or Track II, my peers and myself were given the opportunity to gear our learning and classes towards what best suited our individual goals. There was also support from faculty when needed and there seemed to be endless different opportunities that were challenging, but always worth the effort. The Track II thesis project was also a great experience. I was given the opportunity to develop and conduct an experiment using the group of lab rats that the department housed. Overall, my experience with the WVWC psychology department was 5 stars!” – Student at WV Wesleyan College
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References:
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=WV&major=psychology&sort=best