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Psychology Schools in Pennsylvania

The following guide to psychology schools in Pennsylvania contains important information on the many undergraduate and graduate psychology programs in the state, including profiles of specific programs, and is designed to help you find the best psychology program for your academic and career goals. Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities offer a full spectrum of psychology concentrations, including school psychology and positive psychology. Students seeking a more flexible and convenient alternative to a traditional psychology program may want to consider an online bachelor’s or master’s in psychology degree program.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 114 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Pennsylvania.
  • 41 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Pennsylvania 96%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Bryn Athyn College of the New Church 45%1
  • Highest net price*: Drexel University $35,9481
  • Lowest net price*: Pennsylvania State University Abington $11,2981
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Pennsylvania with psychology and counseling programs*: $10,116 – $43,1602
  • Three Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Pittsburgh (38)3 Pennsylvania State University at University Park (48), and West Chester University of Pennsylvania (71).
  • 6 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Pennsylvania (8), Carnegie Mellon University (23), Lehigh University (38), Pennsylvania State University at University Park (46), University of Pittsburgh (58), and Drexel University (83).
  • We found 9 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Carnegie Mellon University (3), University of Pennsylvania (11), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus (12), Penn State University (21), Temple University (46), Drexel University (72), Lehigh University (162), Bryn Mawr College (170), and Duquesne University (228).

*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 in Pennsylvania.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Pennsylvania

Point Park University

Point Park University awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the 123 credit, four-year undergraduate program. Psychology majors will complete both general college and major requirements with psychology offerings encompassing clinical psychology, child psychology, community psychology, and forensic psychology. Psychology majors are encouraged to complete an internship with past interns working at locations including Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Operation Better Block, Mercy Behavioral Health, and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Students may join the campus organization, the Confluence Psychology Alliance or become involved in the school’s annual hosting of the Undergraduate Research Conference.

California University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate students at California University of Pennsylvania may pursue at Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. The four-year, 120 credit program requires psychology majors to complete a combination of general college courses and core and elective psychology requirements. Students may also specialize in one of four areas including cognitive and experimental psychology, social and applied psychology, educational and school psychology, or clinical and counseling psychology. Specializations require psychology majors to complete five courses in the specific area of psychology. Internships are also recommended for any student studying psychology. Psychology majors may join the Psychology Club or, if academically eligible, apply for induction into Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania confers the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) to students who successfully complete the nine-course program. Graduate students must enroll full-time as the program works on a hybrid format with classes commencing on campus for one weekend each month and through distant learning at all other times. The program admits students in September with the program taking one year to complete. All students will complete the same curriculum, which includes courses in positive psychology, research methods and evaluation, foundations of positive interventions, and humanities and human flourishing. The program culminates in a capstone project, which is completed in the summer semester.

Temple University

Temple University allows students to pursue a Counseling Psychology Masters of Education (EdM). The program, which can be completed full-time or part-time, consists of 60 credits with full-time students generally fulfilling degree requirements in two years; part-time students generally finish in three years. Graduate students opt for one of two tracks: the agency counseling track and the school counseling track. An internship, which allows for videotaping of all of a student’s counseling sessions, is mandatory. Students will also complete such core psychology courses as theories of counseling psychology, multicultural counseling, introduction to assessment, and concepts in human development. Limited assistantships may be available for qualified students.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Bucknell University
701 Moore Ave
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000
http://www.bucknell.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Bucknell offers a wide range of classes with a good student to teacher ratio. The professors are very involved in with the students and always available to discuss material covered in classes. Additionally, there are many opportunities to do research with professors, not only in the psych department but through biology as well. The department sponsors lectures with visiting faculty members in order to keep the students updated on research being conducted around them and help make sure they know the most recent information. The students are also very involved in the department and help each other with research and learning tough material. There are tutoring programs available and student clubs for different areas of interest.” – Student at Bucknell University
stars-5

Harrisburg Area Community College
1 Hacc Dr
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 780-2400
http://www.hacc.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Harrisburg Area Community College at the Lancaster campus was extremely valuable to me. The psychology professors were knowledgeable, experienced, and always able to help me after class or during office hours. My professors helped me start a group for students while I was attending. I was even able to contribute by suggesting texts the library could stock for the multicultural psychology course; the professor, librarian, and I worked together to decide on some new books, and some were ordered. If you are willing to work hard, the psychology professors are willing to go above and beyond their duties to help you. The program itself was fun, interesting, and challenging. There are a variety of courses, such as Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology. Another great thing about the program at HACC is that classes are held at a variety of times and online, so even if you are working full-time you can fit a class in. They are extremely flexible. All in all, a wonderful experience.” -Student at Harrisburg Area Community College
stars-5

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1011 South Dr
Indiana, PA 15705
(724) 357-2100
http://www.iup.edu/

Student Review: “The IUP psychology program was excellent in introducing research methods and statistics. The program and the professors really pushed the importance of graduate school and how to get in by improving research experience, grades, and internships. The honors program was particularly effective at slowly introducing me to graduate school work and getting accepted. I feel as if I know more about statistics than my entire current cohort. The introduction classes on each subfield of psychology was adequate, with my only dislike being that the program was very clinically oriented, with few professors outside of clinical, cognitive, developmental, or biological specialties. One who wishes to continue to graduate school in psychology should attend here first.” – Student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
stars-4

Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, PA 18078
(610) 799-2121
https://www.lccc.edu/

Student Review: “The Lehigh Carbon Community College psychology program was an overall positive experience for me. The courses were not difficult as long as I attended my classes, and the teachers were willing to work with me when my grades were suffering. My psychology professor was fair and offered numerous extra credit opportunities. I did not like that the introduction to psychology course was primarily centered online, as it made studying difficult and did not offer any student-to-teacher interaction aside from in class. In the classroom, we went over slides that were pre-made by Pearson, which often had mistakes and grammatical errors that made comprehension difficult. I went to the teacher and discussed the issue, and he replied that he did not enjoy that aspect of the course either, but his hands were tied as the college was the creator of the curriculum. The other teachers in the program were just as friendly and receptive to suggestions, and I found the rest of the program to be fair and structured.” – Student at Lehigh University
stars-3

Lehigh University
27 Memorial Dr W
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3000
https://www1.lehigh.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Lehigh University is very flexible, only about 48 credits. This allowed me to double major with Economics and to study abroad in my junior year. We have both the B.A. and B.S. allowing you to have one of the many concentrations. At the moment I am also doing an experiment lab group, where we help a professor conduct experiments and collect data to then be analyzed. The professors within this major have been nothing but helpful to me. They are almost always open for office hours. We also have the opportunity to do a thesis paper in the psychology honors class which includes a presentation to the psychology staff at the end of the year. The thing I dislike about this major at this school is that they do not really prepare us for the real world after graduation. Many other students after graduation do not have job offers and are unsure of what to do career wise.” – Student at Lehigh University
stars-3

Pennsylvania State
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700
http://www.psu.edu/

Student Review: “Studying psychology at Penn State has been a challenging but positive experience for me. I began the program in online study at Penn State’s World Campus program. Because it was self directed, I mostly learned from reading the textbooks and doing online quizzes. Sadly, there was very little interaction with the professors. One class I took, Cognitive Psychology, was really cool. The professor set up online lab tasks that were a lot like what a person would experience in a real testing lab, and we got to see how our brains process information. The school kept online learning interesting in that way. Eventually I transferred to Penn State’s main campus, and it was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. Being immersed in the college culture makes it easy to really get into your studies. The offerings and class settings are so diverse. I sat in a class of 300+ students in the Forum building, basically a rite of passage at Penn State, but I’ve also had classes of just 20-30 students getting to really interact with each other and the professor. I learned a lot, and it’s been knowledge that I can use in my career.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Student Review: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Penn State. The psychology program offered 5 different degree paths, one of which was a BS with a focus in biology and evolution which I chose. I had some great professors (a few not-so-great that were mainly there for research, but still were great people). I loved that on top of many psych courses available I also was able to take anthropology and biology coursework toward my degree. My favorite courses, however, revolved around neuroscience and developmental psychology; my interest in these courses led me to work as a research assistant in a related lab. Today I still value the experience PSU gave me as an assistant as I got to help run experiments and work alongside professors and PhD candidates. The way in which the program was set up was enough to allow an undergraduate to see what the future would hold for them if they chose to continue down the psychology path. At first I had thought it was terrible to have PhDs teaching courses when their main focus was research, but it really benefited the psychology research program as a whole.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Pennsylvania State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 949-5000
http://altoona.psu.edu/

Student Review: “I applied to Penn State in 2011 and was accepted into the psychology program. The first psych class I took was pretty rough. The professor was nice, but the material was just too much. However, I didn’t give up on the major. I took the same class with a different professor and she brought me into the world of psychology and now I’m in love. Everything about psychology program at Penn State is fascinating and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to major in psychology.” – Student at Pennsylvania State
stars-5

Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15108
(800) 762-0097
http://www.rmu.edu/

Student Review: “Robert Morris University, although a smaller private school, has a fantastic psychology program. Small class size allow for students to become close to the professors. This closeness often allows for many unique experiences. As a freshman, I participated in an event that allowed psychology majors to teach local high school students about areas in psychology. This event gave me first hand experience in applying what I had learned in the classroom to a real life scenario. The program also had a wonderful focus on preparing me for graduate school, making sure I had the proper grade, GRE scores, and contacts necessary to become accepted. The variety of part-time faculty allow for a diverse set of views and opinions from professionals in the field to be shared. One aspect that could be improved would be the Hybrid class, which are part online, part on campus. These classes don’t properly utilize the online aspect and simply feel like a waste of an opportunity.” – Student at Robert Morris University
stars-5

Student Review: “Robert Morris University, although a smaller private school, has a fantastic psychology program. Small class size allow for students to become close to the professors. This closeness often allows for many unique experiences. As a freshman, I participated in an event that allowed psychology majors to teach local high school students about areas in psychology. This event gave me first hand experience in applying what I had learned in the classroom to a real life scenario. The program also had a wonderful focus on preparing me for graduate school, making sure I had the proper grade, GRE scores, and contacts necessary to become accepted. The variety of part-time faculty allow for a diverse set of views and opinions from professionals in the field to be shared. One aspect that could be improved would be the Hybrid class, which are part online, part on campus. These classes don’t properly utilize the online aspect and simply feel like a waste of an opportunity.” – Student at Robert Morris University
stars-5

Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Dr
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-7447
http://www.ship.edu/

Student Review: “The psychology program at Shippensburg University for both the Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s of Science was a wonderful experience for me. While I was challenged to learn a lot, the professors also took an interest in their students and helped everyone to achieve success. The campus was beautiful and, for me, there was a perfect balance of things to do on campus and off. The CUB was perhaps my favorite as it had a variety of food choices and was a good place to either study or hang out.” – Student at Shippensburg University
stars-5

University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141
http://www.pitt.edu/

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my time at the University of Pittsburgh in the psychology department. The curriculum was engaging and I felt like I was introduced to more topics than I would have been in a program elsewhere. My professors really put in an effort to not only expose me to psychological concepts, but also the medical treatments for them where applicable. I found that there was plenty of academic support to be found around campus such as tutoring, group study sessions, and one-on-one assistance from professors during their office hours. Also, there were many opportunities to participate in research studies. Some research was on a small scale and independent, but professors were often looking for assistance on large-scale studies that frequently resulted in publications. The only thing I did not like about my time there is that the campus is spread out quite a bit around Pittsburgh. It would be nice if it was in one central location to make commuting much easier.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-5

Student Review: “At the University of Pittsburgh, I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. The program was varied, and covered many areas of psychology in the beginning to help students decide which area of psychology they were most interested in. I took classes in Child Development, Sense and Perception, Psychology and the Media, and many more, including classes that required hands on research and writing of lab reports. I appreciated that there were many elective choices within the program, allowing me to tailor my degree to my needs and plans for the future. Since I was thinking about going into education, I took mainly classes that dealt with child psychology and education. I had great professors in the program, and always felt that I could contact them with any questions or concerns.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-4

Student Review: “The psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh was a fantastic experience for me. My first classes were general psychology classes – Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods – and really build a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology for me. These first classes also allowed me to determine which area of psychology I wanted to look at in a more in depth way. I then moved on to my high level classes, such as Psychology in the Media, and Developmental Psychology. All of my professors in my major really seemed to understand and care about their subject matter, and taught me so much. The only part of this program I wished there was more of was practical field experience.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-5

Student Review: “I graduated from a psychology program that, unfortunately, mainly focused on research. I think this is the reason why I rated the program as a 3 rather than a 4. The requirements for the classes were very easy and thus had lots of people in the major that were just looking for an easy degree. This decreased the intelligence of the classes because every class had to teach and reteach basic psychological definitions like “x variable” and “freudianism.” However, if a student was willing to put in the extra effort, the school offered many out-of-class experiences for the student to excel. This included opportunities to assist in research or a clinical trial or conduct their own research under the guidance of a professor. It was a relatively large major but the advisors were not professors and were hired to specifically help the students with their studies therefore it made the major much easier to go through. All in all I think it was a great experience.” – Student at the University of Pittsburgh
stars-3

Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4500
http://www1.villanova.edu/

Student Review: “The Villanova University psychology program was a wonderful experience for me. The courses were challenging but very interesting. The professors made the classes enjoyable to sit through and created an atmosphere where students enjoyed learning and fully understood what they were being taught. The professors were all very relatable which I believe was the key to how the psychology material was absorbed by students. The topics and courses offered within psychology included abnormal psychology, cognitive, social, developmental and organizational psychology. The psychology department also offered many courses at night, taken once a week in a three hour sitting. I enjoyed this option and felt that it was a more beneficial atmosphere to learn the material as opposed to two or three 1-hour classes over the course of a week. My psychology classes taught me so much that I was able to carry with me and apply in the real world, post-graduation.” – Student at Villanova University
stars-5

Widener University
1 University Pl
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 499-4000
http://www.widener.edu/

Student Review: “I would recommend Widener University’s psychology program to anyone pursuing a career in a psychology related field. The courses offered are interesting and challenging which keeps you engaged throughout the semester. The professors in the psychology department are qualified in their field, with many who currently do research. Widener also offers you many opportunities for career growth, such as internships and practicums. In addition, there is a graduate program for students who wish to obtain professional degrees. The learning experience at Widener is very personal. Class sizes are relatively small and professors make an effort to not only know your name, but also know you as a student. They often make themselves available to help students even outside of office hours. The only complaint I have for the Widener’s program is that classes fill up quickly to maintain small class sizes. My advice to any prospective students is to register in a timely manner. Overall this is a great program, I would choose it again if I had the chance.” – Student at Widener University
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=PA&major=psychology&sort=best