Psychology Schools in Oklahoma
The following guide to psychology schools in Oklahoma contains essential information on psychology programs, including profiles of several graduate and undergraduate psychology programs, in Oklahoma, and is designed to make choosing the best psychology program for your academic and career goals easier. Oklahoma’s universities and colleges feature an eclectic range of concentrations, including forensic psychology, experimental psychology, and school psychology. A flexible and convenient alternative to earning a traditional psychology degree is to enroll in a partially or fully online bachelor’s or master’s psychology degree program.
Psychology Program Stats
- There are 33 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Oklahoma.1
- 11 schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
- 23 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
- 14 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
- 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: Oklahoma State University (#81 in-state, #85 out-of-state), University of Oklahoma (#52 in-state, #49 out-of-state), University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (#67 in-state, #60 out-of-state).2
- No schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018.3
- Highest graduation rate*: University of Tulsa 73%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Rogers State University 31%.1
- Highest net price*: University of Tulsa $27,264.1
- Lowest net price*: East Central University $6,853.1
*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs.
Keep reading to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at a few of Oklahoma’s leading universities.
Schools in Oklahoma with Psychology Programs
Traditional Undergraduate Programs
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University features a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Psychology majors may concentrate in one of several areas: art therapy, behavioral management, or pre-professional preparation. Psychology students must complete 50 major core credits to fulfill degree requirements, consisting of 43 credits in psychology and seven credits in philosophy. Required psychology courses encompass Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods and Analysis. Students may become involved on campus by joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness or, if academically eligible, Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University awards the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the four-year, 124-credit program. Psychology majors must complete general college coursework in addition to 64 liberal arts credits to fulfill major requirements. Core psychology courses cover general psychology, history of psychology, human lifespan development, and experimental psychology. Students may complete courses at the Alva, Woodward, or Enid campuses, though the Alva campus is the only campus that offers all classes required for the BS in psychology degree. Psychology majors may want to join the Psychology Club located on the Enid campus.
Traditional Graduate Programs
University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma confers the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology with concentrations in counseling, experimental psychology, general psychology, forensic psychology, and school psychology. Regardless of the concentration, all graduate psychology students must take such core courses as behavioral neuroscience, psychopathology, experimental design, social psychology, and cognitive psychology. Students will also undertake a capstone project. Students pursuing the general psychology concentration must complete 32 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Other concentrations may require the completion of more credits: school psychology majors must take 60 credits; the experimental psychology degree requires 40 credits; and the counseling major consists of 60 credits.
University of Tulsa
Graduate students at the University of Tulsa may pursue a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology or a Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The university also allows graduate students to earn a joint MA and JD. Students working toward a clinical psychology degree will complete 45 credits, which includes six credits of a practicum. A thesis is not required. The industrial and organizational psychology degree, a selective program that admits a maximum of 10 students each year, consists of 42 credits. Students may specialize in organizational development and effectiveness or selection and performance assessment. Students may complete the program on a full-time or a part-time basis.
Online Psychology Programs
Mid-America Christian University
Mid-America Christian University is home to an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology program that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding human behavior and common psychological issues. Graduating students will have a firm understanding of the intersections between psychology, family life studies, and sociology, and will also have completed a core of general and biblical studies education. The program aims to prepare students for lifelong, positive impacts on their communities in human service careers and volunteerism. Students will also be prepared to pursue graduate study. 122 credit hours are required to earn the degree, which includes such core courses as Child and Adolescent Psychology; Introduction to Drug and Alcohol Counseling; and Psychological Statistics.
Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University’s online psychology program leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The curriculum takes an empirical approach to the study of psychology with a focus on modern problems and provides a strong foundation for careers and for graduate school. Students pursuing the BA will take additional foreign language courses, while students pursuing the BS will complete a science cognate. Core courses include Psychology of Learning and Motivation; Psychology of Personality Development; and Research Design and Analysis. Students also complete a lecture and lab in experimental psychology as well as a senior paper. Courses are offered year-round, which allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree at an accelerated pace.
EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in Oklahoma
The table below is designed to help you compare not-for-profit psychology schools in Oklahoma 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 Program||National Accred.*||Grad Rate**||EPPP Pass Rate6||Number Taking6||College Factual Under-|
|US News Grad Rank5||Net Price|
|East Central University||Yes||Yes||No||CACREP||34%||—||—||—||—||$6,853|
|Mid-America Christian University||Yes||Yes||Bachelor’s||—||33%||—||—||—||—||$16,241|
|Northeastern State University||Yes||Yes||No||CACREP||27%||—||—||—||—||$8,365|
|Northwestern Oklahoma State University||Yes||Yes||No||—||26%||—||—||—||—||$8,778|
|Oklahoma Baptist University||Yes||No||No||—||57%||—||—||—||—||$18,968|
|Oklahoma Christian University||Yes||No||No||—||49%||—||—||—||—||$19,344|
|Oklahoma City University||Yes||Yes||No||—||59%||—||—||—||—||$26,002|
|Oklahoma Panhandle State University||Yes||No||No||—||24%||—||—||—||—||$13,150|
|Oklahoma State University (Counseling PhD)||Yes||Yes||No||APA, CACREP, NASP||63%||71%||7||—||148^||$13,951|
|Oklahoma State University (School PhD)||Yes||Yes||No||APA, CACREP, NASP||63%||50%||8||—||148^||$13,951|
|Oklahoma Wesleyan University||Yes||No||Bachelor’s||—||44%||—||—||—||—||$24,728|
|Oral Roberts University||Yes||No||Bachelor’s||—||57%||—||—||—||—||$21,595|
|Rogers State University||Yes||No||No||—||17%||—||—||—||—||$12,338|
|Southeastern Oklahoma State University||Yes||Yes||No||CACREP||25%||—||—||—||—||$8,482|
|Southern Nazarene University||Yes||Yes||No||—||33%||—||—||—||—||$12,982|
western Christian University
western Oklahoma State University
|St. Gregory’s University||Yes||Yes||No||—||31%||—||—||—||—||$19,328|
|University of Central Oklahoma||Yes||Yes||No||NASP||38%||—||—||—||—||$12,008|
|University of Oklahoma||Yes||Yes||No||APA||68%||100%||9||115||131^||$17,966|
|University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma||Yes||No||No||—||39%||—||—||—||—||$8,221|
|University of Tulsa||Yes||Yes||No||APA||73%||—||—||—||190^||$27,264|
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