Psychology Schools in Maryland

The following guide to psychology schools in Maryland contains essential information, including several profiles of specific psychology undergraduate and graduate programs, designed to make choosing the best program for your academic and career goals easier. The universities in Maryland offer undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to earn a general psychology degree or to concentrate in a specific area, such as clinical psychology. A flexible and convenient alternative to a traditional degree is an online degree. Numerous online universities offer undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 23 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Maryland.
  • 12 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Johns Hopkins University 91%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Frostburg State University 30%1
  • Highest net price*: Loyola University Maryland $30,6031
  • Lowest net price*: University of Maryland, University College $10,9131
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Maryland with psychology and counseling programs: $7,920 – $41,0302
  • 5 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Maryland, College Park (5), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (41), Salisbury University (72), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (78), and Towson University (84).
  • 2 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Johns Hopkins University (13) and University of Maryland, College Park (58).
  • We found 4 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Johns Hopkins University (5), University of Maryland, College Park (81), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (102), and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (104).

*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.

Keep reading to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at a few of Maryland’s leading universities.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Maryland

Towson University
Towson University awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology to undergraduates who successfully complete the four-year program. Students must complete a combination of general college coursework and departmental requirements. Psychology majors may apply for the clinical concentration program, which allows students to gain real-world experience through internships and specialized classes. Applicants to the concentration must be a least a junior and meet academic requirements. The psychology department also features an Honors Thesis Program for juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.6 major GPA. Students may want to become involved on campus by joining the Psychology Club or, for eligible students, Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

University of Maryland at Baltimore County
The University of Maryland at Baltimore County allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Psychology majors may opt for a general psychology degree or to specialize in biopsychology, developmental psychology, or human services psychology. Concentrations are not noted on a student’s actual degree; however, the department provides a certificate denoting the successful completion of a concentration. The psychology department features an Honors Program, which allows academically eligible psychology majors to undertake research, which is often essential in earning acceptance into a graduate program. Eligible students may also join the campus chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Maryland

Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University Maryland features a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with graduate students choosing one of two tracks: the practitioner track and the thesis track. Graduate students pursuing the practitioner track generally graduate and find employment under the supervision of a PhD-level psychologist. The practitioner track also prepares students to work toward the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential or to move on to doctoral studies while the thesis track provides the foundation necessary for graduates to move on to a doctoral program. Prospective applicants to the program, who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology, must complete a handful of prerequisite courses, including introductory psychology and abnormal psychology, before being admitted to the master’s program.

University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore’s Master of Science (MS) in Applied Psychology program allows graduate students to concentrate in one of two tracks: the counseling psychology track or the industrial and organizational psychology track. All graduate students, regardless of the track, must take core departmental courses that encompass the biological basis of behavior, learning and cognition, and research methods. Track requirements include core and elective courses. Students pursuing a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology may take elective courses through both the psychology department and the business administration department. Successful candidates to either program must hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Those without a bachelor’s degree or who do not meet academic requirements may be considered on an individual basis.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Maryland

University of Maryland – Baltimore
620 W Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-3100

Student Review: “I was a undergrad student at UMBC going for a bachelor’s in psychology. This is a great college for someone pursuing a psychology degree. The professors there are very helpful and respectful of students. They give students a lot of time outside of the classroom as well as inside the classroom. Their career planning department is outstanding. This school is not a good school for parties though. People tend to be a little bit anti-social and quiet. On weekends, it is hard to find a good party on campus. However, there are many places nearby campus that are packed with college kids. All in all, this is a great school academically and they have great opportunities for students looking to be research assistants. This school provided me the education I needed to be successful in graduate school.” – Student at University of Maryland – Baltimore

Student Review: “The undergraduate psychology program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) provided me with the general skills allowing me to further advance my career in the psychological counseling career. Since it is an honors research university, I was able to perform undergraduate research during my last two years at UMBC. Performing academic research in a high engaging group with a wonderful mentor allowed me to get my feet wet, and interact with human research subjects and experience data entry. The only downside I would mention was the very large class sizes during my first two years in the psychology program. Since UMBC is a medium size school it is normal to attend classes of 300 people, however towards my last two years my class sizes were reduced significantly and the learning experience was more intimate and engaging.” – Student at University of Maryland – Baltimore

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?state=MD&major=psychology&sort=best