Psychology Schools in Montana

The following guide to psychology programs in Montana, which includes profiles of several undergraduate and graduate psychology programs in the state, is designed to provide you with essential information that will make choosing a psychology program easier. Montana’s colleges and universities allow students to pursue general psychology degrees or to concentrate in a specific area, such as psychological sciences. A flexible, convenient, and often affordable alternative to a traditional psychology program is an online psychology degree program.

Quick Facts

  • There are 10 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Montana.
  • 4 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Carroll College 59%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: The University of Montana—Western 33%1
  • Highest net price*: Carroll College $22,8251
  • Lowest net price*: Salish Kootenai College $8,5911
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Montana with psychology and counseling programs*: $13,779 – $27,3042
  • 0 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013.
  • 0 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100).
  • We found 0 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking.

*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.

Below are several profiles of the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs available at some of Montana’s top colleges and universities.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Montana

Carroll College
Carroll College offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Psychology majors will choose from a menu of electives, including health psychology, child psychology, brain and behavior, and theories of personality. Students are also encouraged to complete a practicum, an internship, or an honors thesis to gain real world experience and prepare for doctoral study. The Psychology Club welcomes all psychology students while academically eligible students may join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students. Study abroad opportunities are available, and former students have traveled to India, and students often travel to local psychology conferences.

Salish Kootenai College
Salish Kootenai College’s psychology program is offered in a “2+2” format. Students spend the first two years fulfilling degree requirements for an Associate of Arts (AA) in Psychology and the following two years working toward a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. Students must satisfactorily complete the AA program and complete several writing activities to move into the bachelor’s program their junior year. Psychology majors may choose between one of two BA tracks: the research track or the general track. The research track prepares students to continue on to graduate studies while students in the general track typically enter the workforce upon graduation.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Montana

University of Montana
The University of Montana confers the Master of Arts (MA) to students who successfully complete the 30 to 36 credit graduate program. Graduate students may tailor their degree by specializing in one of several areas, including animal behavior, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, general psychology, and school psychology. A minor in quantitative psychology and neuropsychology is also available. The masters program is not terminal and students generally continue on to complete a dissertation and earn a doctorate. Teaching, applied, and research assistantships may be available and students are automatically considered for such positions, which help defray educational costs. However, students may opt out of consideration for an assistantship.

Montana State University
Graduate students interested in honing their research abilities can opt for Montana State University’s research focused Master of Science (MS) in Psychological Sciences program. The two year program is dedicated to preparing graduate students for continued research at the doctoral level and does not feature any clinical or practical experience. Graduate students complete seven courses in addition to a thesis, which requires extensive research. Students work closely with an advisor on a thesis, focusing research on such areas of faculty interest as cognitive psychology, social psychology, and health psychology. Assistantships are generally available to eligible students to help offset educational costs.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Montana

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University of Montana
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-0211

Student Review: “The University of Montana’s psychology program was an okay experience overall. Like pretty much any program, it had both good and bad teachers. My least favorite part of the program was the advising. You have to sign up on a first-come first-served basis for advising every semester and often get someone who knows nothing about you. It isn’t consistent from semester to semester and was frustrating to have to re-explain everything to advisors who usually didn’t even seem to care. The program also seems to be behind in the amount of online courses offered. If not for a few very good professors, I would have probably rated my school experience lower.” – Student at University of Montana

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