Psychology Schools in Arizona

Choosing a psychology program can be daunting, especially with the many choices available. Psychology programs in Arizona generally allow students to focus on general psychology or to concentrate on a specific area, such as cognitive psychology. The following guide to graduate and undergraduate psychology programs in Arizona features essential information that will help you make an informed decision as to which psychology program is the best for your career goals. Students looking for a flexible, affordable alternative to a traditional psychology program may opt for an online program. These types of programs afford students the opportunity to earn their degree on campus or to complete their degree entirely online.

Quick Facts

  • There are 16 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Arizona.
  • 11 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Arizona 61%1
  • Highest net price*: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott $30,9562
  • Lowest net price*: Arizona State University $12,1912
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Arizona with psychology and counseling programs: $9,920 – $27,8292
  • No Schools in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013
  • No Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100)
  • We found two highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: University of Arizona (30), Arizona State University (31).

*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.

Read further to learn more about several specific psychology programs offered in Arizona, including profiles of several popular programs at the state’s leading universities.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Arizona

Arizona State University

Arizona State University features a two-year graduate program leading to a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology. The 31 credit program prepares students for doctoral study and to work in research-based psychology fields upon graduation. A broad range of psychology electives is offered in such areas as affective science, developmental psychology, legal psychology, and abnormal psychology. Psychology students are required to complete a thesis (recommended for those who plan to earn a doctorate), or an applied project during the second year of the program. Research and teaching assistantships may be available to qualified second-year students. All applicants must submit GRE scores and must have completed research methods and statistics courses at the undergraduate level.

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona introduced an Accelerated Master of Arts in Psychology program in 2012. The program, open to undergraduates during the junior year, allows students to complete undergraduate studies and earn the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology during a fifth year. The 30 credit graduate program provides students with the necessary foundation to pursue doctoral study or to seek positions in the research industry, science journalism, pharmaceutical companies, or government organizations. Graduate students are required to attend psychology colloquium and to complete a six credit master’s report. Only current students at the University of Arizona are eligible to apply. Psychology majors are encouraged to apply to the program in the junior year.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BA) in Psychology. Students opting for the BA must provide evidence of proficiency in a second language. The undergraduate psychology programs, which consist of 120 credits each, generally take four years to complete with 41 credits in the psychology major. Psychology majors, who plan to pursue graduate study, are encouraged to take research-oriented courses and to undertake a summer research internship. Students may also want to join the on-campus Psychology Club and the campus chapter of Psi Chi. Short and long-term study abroad opportunities, including in Peru, are also available for psychology majors.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott offers a few undergraduate programs in psychology, including a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Psychology & Safety, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Factors Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Forensic Psychology. The BS in Industrial Psychology & Safety combines physiology and applied psychology and teaches students hands-on methods of creating systems that will increase safety and decrease human error in a variety of fields. One hundred and twenty credit hours are required and courses include Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research, Human Factors and Ergonomics I, Sensation, Perception, and Cognition, Management of Production and Operations, and Human Reliability and Safety Analysis.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Arizona

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Arizona State University
411 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Student Review: “The Arizona State University psychology program was a great experience. Even though I was an online student I felt that I had a great connection to all of my professors. They were all very quick to respond to emails and message boards for any students who needed help or wanted to discuss the material. I also felt that there was a wide variety of classes that were available to me that were interesting and that would help me in my career. I loved that the teachers did their lectures through a PowerPoint with a personal voice recording. It allowed me to listen to particular slides as often as I needed to and it was a fantastic study tool. I would definitely recommend ASU’s online psychology program.” – Student at Arizona State University

Student Review: “Overall ASU has had a reputation of being a “party school” with its great weather and emphasis on having fun, but they have a number of programs that are actually very strong – and psychology is one of them. I was on the five-year program plan (as were many of my friends, unfortunately) and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up deciding on psychology because it seemed like an interesting field and I thought I might continue on to become a therapist one day. When I went to ASU, Robert Cialdini was the social psychology professor, and he was well known in the industry as being one of the best researchers in the field. I ended up taking my social psych class with Gregory PM Neidert, which turned out to be a very difficult class (I’ve never met anyone that would write a multiple choice test with over 9 options!) but ended up passing with flying colors. For those that are interested in graduate study, and frankly just to graduate, statistics are a must, and there are ample opportunities to get experience by volunteering to help with graduate research tasks. Overall I think ASU has a fine psychology program and is a great program if you are interested in pursuing the field.” – Student at Arizona State University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott
3700 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
(928) 777-6600

Northern Arizona University
S San Francisco St
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
(928) 523-9011

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211

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