Psychology Schools in Iowa

The following guide to psychology schools in Iowa contains essential information on the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered throughout the state. The colleges and universities in Iowa provide undergraduate and graduate students with the foundation necessary for a successful career in the field of psychology and feature concentrations in a variety of areas, including clinical psychology and educational psychology. A flexible, convenient alternative to a traditional psychology program is an online psychology degree offered at one of many online colleges and universities.

Quick Facts

  • There are 35 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Iowa.
  • 10 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Emmaus Bible College 99%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Waldorf College 39%1
  • Highest net price*: Drake University $26,0271
  • Lowest net price*: Iowa State University $13,4001
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Iowa with psychology and counseling programs*: $16,114 – $39,8102
  • 3 schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Iowa (49), Iowa State University (85), and University of Northern Iowa (95).
  • 1 school ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Iowa (72)
  • We found 2 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: University of Iowa (18) and Iowa State University (76).

*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 below to read the profiles of several of the popular graduate and undergraduate programs offered at Iowa’s leading universities.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Iowa

Iowa State University
Iowa State University offers psychology majors the option of earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Both programs require the successful completion of 120 credits and generally take four years to complete. Students can become involved on campus by joining the Psychology Club and the national psychology honor society, Psi Chi. Psychology majors who live on campus may opt to live in the Psychology Learning Community, which allows psychology majors to live on the same floor of a residential hall. Students, who do not live in the learning community, may still participate in community activities, such as study groups.

Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University offers a 120 undergraduate program in psychology that leads to a bachelor’s degree in psychology. The psychology major requires students to complete 36 credits in such courses as general psychology, research methods, personality, issues and ethics in the help professions, and elementary statistics. Psychology majors must also complete an internship or a special project to fulfill major requirements. The psychology program offers flexibility with students able to complete degree requirements at the main campus in Fayette, online, at various educational centers throughout the state, or through independent study. Psychology faculty members typically hold a doctorate degree in psychology.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Iowa

University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa allows graduate students pursuing a Master of Arts (MA) in psychology to concentrate in one of three areas: clinical science, social psychology, and individualized study. Students, whose interests do not fall into the first two concentrations, may tailor their graduate studies with the individualized study option. Regardless of the concentration, graduate students must complete a minimum of one major project and a thesis, which includes an oral defense, during the two-year program. Graduate students begin the program in the fall and may be eligible for an assistantship or departmental scholarship to help defray the costs of tuition.

University of Iowa
The University of Iowa features a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations with a concentration in educational psychology. Graduate students can complete the 30 credit program in four semesters full-time and in between two and three years part-time. A thesis is optional. However, all psychology students are required to complete a portfolio to showcase analytical and practical skills gained during individual courses and throughout the program as a whole. Graduate students must also complete such required courses as understanding educational research, educational psychology for effective teaching, child development, human abilities, and cognitive theories of learning. Two electives, generally outside the psychology department, are also required.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Iowa

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University of Northern Iowa
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
(319) 273-2311

Student Review: “The University of Northern Iowa had a great psychology program with very informed and educational professors. There was a broad spectrum of elective courses which I really enjoyed. I was able to not only hit all of the general classes that you would have with any other university but chose some psychology courses as an elective that were a focus I enjoy. I liked the sexual aspects of psychology and was able to choose three classes that were available. Since these were classes I was truly interested in, I was able to excel in those specific classes. The professors recognized this and encouraged me to be a teacher’s assistant which helped me with graduate school applications and work experience. I truly enjoyed my experience in the University of Northern Iowa psychology program and would recommend it to others.” -Student at University of Northern Iowastars-3

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