Best Online and Campus 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.

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Iowa Psychology School Facts

Nationally Ranked Top Psychology Programs in Iowa

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

  • Buena Vista University
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Loras College
  • Grand View University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa

College Factual’s Best Psychology Schools 2024

  • Iowa State University (#34)
  • University of Iowa (#35)
  • University of Northern Iowa (#181)
  • Loras College (#187)2

The Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors 2024

  • Coe College4

Times Higher Education’s Best Universities for Psychology 2023

  • University of Iowa (#176-200)
  • Iowa State University (#201-250)5

Most Affordable Schools With a Bachelor’s in Psychology

The following Iowa schools with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have the lowest average net prices. We have included each school’s graduation rate, a key quality metric.

  • Iowa State University ($15,310 / Grad rate: 74%)
  • Emmaus Bible College ($15,521 / Grad rate: 82%)
  • University of Northern Iowa ($15,782 / Grad rate: 64%)
  • Graceland University-Lamoni ($16,627 / Grad rate: 48%)
  • Buena Vista University ($19,204 / Grad rate: 58%)
  • University of Iowa ($19,587 / Grad rate: 74%)
  • Iowa Wesleyan University ($20,074 / Grad rate: 30%)
  • Grand View University ($20,236 / Grad rate: 52%)
  • William Penn University ($20,922 / Grad rate: 30%)
  • Coe College ($21,237 / Grad rate: 65%)1

Top 20 Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs in Iowa

This table compares the top 20 bachelor’s in psychology programs from not-for-profit schools in Iowa based on a graduation rate above 50% and an annual net price below $31,000. 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
Iowa State University74%90%$22,869$60,973$19,491$35,975$15,310
Emmaus Bible College82%100%$15,750$39,334$28,850$28,850$15,521
University of Northern Iowa64%95%$19,691$51,651$18,754$29,908$15,782
Buena Vista University58%77%$25,000$47,076$49,324$49,324$19,204
University of Iowa74%86%$22,500$62,670$21,829$43,792$19,587
Grand View University52%98%$22,500$53,256$43,024$43,024$20,236
Coe College65%N.Av.$27,000$54,115$61,584$61,584$21,237
Loras College68%90%$26,000$54,020$45,800$45,800$21,886
Simpson College67%89%$26,000$52,638$54,762$54,762$23,185
Central College71%79%$26,984$53,417$30,660$30,660$23,303
Saint Ambrose University64%74%$25,000$57,818$46,558$46,558$23,359
Wartburg College67%97%$27,000$55,659$59,470$59,470$23,683
Morningside University56%71%$26,028$54,118$47,330$47,330$23,947
Mount Mercy University57%75%$23,699$54,291$48,242$48,242$24,078
Northwestern College63%87%$23,249$49,445$44,450$44,450$25,198
Cornell College63%79%$27,000$51,898$60,030$60,030$25,686
Luther College74%75%$27,000$55,451$58,830$58,830$25,734
Clarke University58%85%$26,717$50,541$48,660$48,660$27,275
Dordt University67%88%$21,500$52,342$45,590$45,590$27,375
Drake University76%67%$23,000$73,451$59,312$59,312$30,333

*See Table Notes at bottom of page.

Comparison of All Graduate Psychology Programs in Iowa

This table compares all of Iowa’s 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
Iowa State UniversityAPAPhD100%14$611
Loras CollegeMA$745
University of Iowa (Clinical PhD)APA, NASPMA, PhD100%12$376
University of Iowa (Counseling PhD)APA, NASPMA, PhD83%18$376
University of Northern IowaNASPMA, EdS$539

Iowa Schools With Psychology Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and not everyone has the same results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews, and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

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 electives 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 at the University of Northern Iowa psychology program and would recommend it to others.” -Student at University of Northern Iowastars-3

*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