Psychology Schools in Idaho
Choosing a psychology program, especially with the many options available in Idaho, can be overwhelming. The following guide to psychology schools in Idaho is designed to provide you with important information about the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered in the state. Idaho’s colleges and universities allow students to focus on such areas as clinical psychology and general psychology. If you need a more flexible option to earn a psychology degree, consider completing an undergraduate or graduate psychology program at one of the many online schools.
Psychology Program Stats
- There are 10 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Idaho.1
- 3 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
- 7 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
- 2 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
- No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017.2
- 1 school ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018: University of Idaho.3
- Highest graduation rate*: The College of Idaho 57%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Lewis-Clark State College 26%, Boise State University 26%.1
- Highest net price*: The College of Idaho $24,747.1
- Lowest net price*: Brigham Young University-Idaho $8,344.1
*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs.
The following profiles of graduate and undergraduate psychology programs will provide you with important information on some of the top psychology programs in the state of Idaho and online.
Schools in Idaho with Psychology Programs
Traditional Undergraduate Programs
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Brigham Young University-Idaho offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology with three different emphasis options: General Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Health Psychology. BYUI’s BS in Psychology with an emphasis in General Psychology comprises a total of 120 credits, 40 of which are in foundational courses, 49 of which are in major courses, and 31 of which are electives. Internships are encouraged but not required, and each student may only do one internship during one semester in the junior or senior year of the program. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Health Psychology options also require a total of 120 hours. An ETS Major Field Test is required for each student in their last semester at BYU-Idaho.
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewis-Clark State College’s bachelor’s degree program in psychology can lead to the award of either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Typically, students pursuing the BS will take more courses in science and math, while students pursuing the BA will take more courses in a foreign language. Required courses for both bachelor’s degree tracks include Abnormal Psychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Developmental Psychology; and Research Methods. The psychology department also offers an addictions studies minor for those interested in careers in substance abuse treatment; certain courses for the minor are offered online as well as on campus.
Traditional Graduate Programs
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho is home to a PhD program in Psychology: Human Factors that is focused on experimental psychology. The doctoral degree requires 78 credit hours, a minimum of 39 of which must be completed at the University of Idaho. Courses in the program include Engineering Psychology; Human Factors in Engineering Design; Cognitive Neuroscience; and Human-Computer Interaction. Students will also complete a preliminary examination and a doctoral dissertation. For admissions consideration, students must have a bachelor’s and/or master’s in psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Those who completed a master’s degree at another institution may be required to submit a master’s thesis prior to admission.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology program and a PhD in Experimental Psychology. It also offers a Master of Education in School Psychology. Idaho State’s Clinical Training Program (CTP) was established in the late 1980s. Applicants are expected to hold a BA/BS in psychology or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Courses in the Clinical Psychology program include Psychodiagnostics, Advanced Psychological Measurements, Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology, Child Psychopathology and Treatment, Advanced Ethics and Professional Issues, and a Community Practicum. Students in the Experimental Psychology program must complete the same courses as the Clinical Psychology program, plus two courses in Special Problems.
Online Psychology Programs
Idaho State University
Idaho State University allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology online. Psychology majors must pass such major course requirements as Introduction to General Psychology, Careers in Psychology, Basic Statistics, and Experimental Psychology. Students also take courses in statistics and psychology research methods. Students must complete 38 credits in psychology to fulfill major requirements. Those who are considering graduate school are encouraged to complete a research-based senior seminar. Though most courses are available online, certain face-to-face courses may be required either on the Idaho State University campus or through another college or university that offers transferable equivalents.
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho confers the online Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with an emphasis in human factors to students who successfully complete the 30 credit program. Required courses include Engineering Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, and Ergonomics & Biomechanics. Graduate students may either opt for the thesis track or the non-thesis track. The thesis track requires students to research, write, and orally defend the thesis. Students who opt not to write a thesis must instead pass an oral examination based on coursework, develop an advanced research proposal, and pass an exam based on data analysis and research methods. To be considered for admission students must have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as a minimum score of 300 (under the new scoring method) on the GRE.
EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in Idaho
The table below is designed to help you compare not-for-profit psychology schools in Idaho on a variety of factors. Clicking on the arrows in the top row allows you to sort the table. In addition to factors such as focus areas offered and tuition costs, accreditation is an important consideration when researching psychology programs. Depending on the type of program and the ultimate career path you are considering, accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP), or the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) can make it easier to become licensed in your desired area of practice. For more information on these accreditations, see our overview of accreditation for psychology programs. You should also ensure that the program you are considering will meet the licensure requirements in the state where you wish to practice. The Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), is required in most US states in order to qualify for psychologist licensure. The EPPP results shown below are provided are for the exam period from February 1, 2015 to March 21, 2016.6 Only results from APA-accredited or ASPPB-designated doctoral programs with at least four test-takers during the exam period are included.6
|School||BA/BS Program||Graduate Program||Online Psych Programs||National Accred.*||Grad Rate**||EPPP Pass Rate6||Number Taking6||College Factual Undergrad |
|US News Grad Rank5||Net Price|
|Boise State University||Yes||No||No||CACREP||39%||—||—||—||—||$11,711|
|Brigham Young University-Idaho||Yes||No||No||—||56%||—||—||—||—||$8,344|
|Idaho State University||Yes||Yes||Bachelor’s||APA, CACREP, NASP||29%||—||—||—||202^||$13,301|
|Lewis-Clark State College||Yes||No||No||—||30%||—||—||—||—||$11,296|
|Northwest Nazarene University||Yes||No||No||CACREP||49%||—||—||—||—||$18,176|
|The College of Idaho||Yes||No||No||—||57%||—||—||—||—||$24,747|
|University of Idaho||Yes||Yes||Master’s||—||56%||—||—||—||—||$14,787|
Schools marked with a caret (^) in US News Best Graduate Psychology Programs ranked in a tie with other programs in their respective positions.
*See our guide to psychology program accreditation for more information on these accrediting bodies.
**The graduation rate is for first-time, full-time undergraduate degree- or certificate-seeking students in cohort years 2008 to 2010 and is calculated based on the percentage of students earning their degree or certificate within 150% of the normal time for program completion.1
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2017.
4. College Factual, Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Psychology (Nationwide): https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/psychology/rankings/top-ranked/#
5. US News & World Report Best Graduate Psychology Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/psychology-rankings
6. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Psychology Licensing Exam Scores by Doctoral Program: https://www.asppb.net/page/ScoresByDrProgram