Psychology Schools in Arkansas

The following guide to psychology programs in Arkansas is designed to help you find the school and psychology degree that is right for your career goals.

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Arkansas Psychology School Facts

Nationally Ranked Top Psychology Programs in Arkansas

Our curated list of third-party and proprietary rankings can be useful in measuring the overall value and reputation of a program. Lists include College Factual, Psychology Degree 411, The Princeton Review, and Times Higher Education. Note if one of these lists is not present below, no schools in the state were named on it. Generally, schools and programs ranked on multiple lists tend to be stronger in academic quality.

Schools Ranked on Multiple Lists

  • Arkansas State University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Central Arkansas

College Factual’s Best Psychology Schools 2024

  • University of Arkansas (#84)2

Lowest-Priced Schools With a Bachelor’s in Psychology

The following Arkansas schools with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have the lowest average net prices. Please note that we grouped regional campuses together and included a range for the net price of these schools. We have included each school’s graduation rate, a key quality metric.

  • University of Arkansas Regional Campuses ($9,959-$12,693 / Grad rate: 39%-42%)
  • Arkansas State University ($12,011 / Grad rate: 53%)
  • Arkansas Tech University ($12,016 / Grad rate: 49%)
  • Southern Arkansas University Main Campus ($14,056 / Grad rate: 45%)
  • Williams Baptist University ($14,488 / Grad rate: 45%)
  • University of Central Arkansas ($15,456 / Grad rate: 50%)
  • Philander Smith University ($15,634 / Grad rate: 30%)
  • University of Arkansas ($16,208 / Grad rate: 69%)
  • University of the Ozarks ($16,319 / Grad rate: 41%)
  • Ecclesia College ($17,497 / Grad rate: 27%)1

Top 7 Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs in Arkansas

This table compares the top seven bachelor’s in psychology programs from not-for-profit schools in Arkansas based on a graduation rate of 50% or above and an annual net price below $23,000. A high graduation rate is a top indicator of student success, and affordability is a key consideration for prospective undergrad students. Programs in bold text offer hybrid or online options.

SchoolGrad Rate*1Accept Rate1Median Debt*6Median Earnings*6Full Price In State1Full Price Out of State1Net Price*1
Arkansas State University53%70%$20,500$39,824$17,556$23,412$12,011
University of Central Arkansas50%91%$20,346$43,712$18,028$24,978$15,456
University of Arkansas69%79%$21,500$54,417$22,024$39,778$16,208
Harding University69%45%$26,500$50,273$31,132$31,132$19,558
John Brown University71%57%$21,250$54,964$39,640$39,640$20,997
Ouachita Baptist University65%72%$21,050$46,670$39,980$39,980$21,677
Hendrix College69%60%$26,688$48,230$48,700$48,700$22,626

*See Table Notes at bottom of page.

Comparison of All Graduate Psychology Programs in Arkansas

This table compares all of Arkansas’ graduate-level psychology programs from not-for-profit schools on multiple factors.

We’ve included accreditation status by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We also highlight the levels offered, 2020-2022 pass rates for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), and tuition information. Note EPPP scores are reported by degree type (clinical, counseling, or school psychology) and level (PhD or PsyD), so some schools may be listed more than once to include all pass rates. Schools in bold text offer hybrid or online options. Tuition per credit hour is more relevant for master’s and PsyD programs due to the fact that PhD students typically receive more program-awarded funding.

SchoolAccreditation7-10Levels OfferedEPPP Pass Rate 2020-2211EPPP # Taking 2020-2211Grad Tuition Per Credit Hour
University of ArkansasAPA, NASPMA, PhD100%11$438
University of Central Arkansas (Counseling PhD)APA, NASPEdS, PhD75%8$285
University of Central Arkansas (School PhD)APA, NASPEdS, PhD63%8$285

*Table Notes:
-N.Av. indicates data is not available.
-Metrics are institution-wide unless otherwise noted.
-Graduation rate is completion percentage within six years of start.
-Median (average) debt is cumulative federal loan debt for undergraduate completers in 2020-2021.
-Median earnings are from the 2020-2021 cohort 10 years post school entry.
-Net price is the average yearly price paid by full-time, first-year undergraduate students receiving financial aid. See NCES for more in-depth information.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. College Factual, Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Psychology (Nationwide): https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/psychology/rankings/top-ranked/#
3. Psychology Degree 411 Top Schools With Online Psychology Programs: https://www.psychologydegree411.com/degrees/online/
4. The Princeton Review. The Best 388 Colleges, 2023 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2022.
5. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 – Psychology: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2023/subject-ranking/psychology
6. Department of Education College Scorecard: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
7. American Psychological Association Accredited Programs: https://accreditation.apa.org/accredited-programs
8. Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, Directory: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
9. Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council Accredited Programs: https://mpcacaccreditation.org/accredited-programs/
10. National Association for School Psychologists, Approved Programs: https://apps.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/graduate-program-approval-and-accreditation/approved-accredited.aspx
11. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, 2023 Psychology Licensing Exam Scores by Doctoral Program: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.asppb.net/resource/resmgr/eppp_/doctoralreportoct2023.pdf