Psychology Schools in Rhode Island

The following guide to psychology schools in Rhode Island, which features profiles of several graduate and undergraduate psychology programs in the state, is designed to make choosing a psychology program less stressful. Rhode Island’s colleges and universities allow students to earn a psychology degree in a full range of areas, including forensic psychology and clinical psychology. An online bachelor’s or master’s degree program in psychology offers an affordable and convenient alternative to a traditional degree.

Quick Facts

  • There are 7 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Rhode Island.
  • 5 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Brown University 95%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Providence College 4%1
  • Highest net price*: Roger Williams University $34,2271
  • Lowest net price*: Rhode Island College $8,4261
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Rhode Island with psychology and counseling programs*: $17,554 – $42,808.2
  • 0 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013.
  • 1 School ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Brown University (15).
  • We found 2 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Brown University (9), and University of Rhode Island (155).

*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 leading undergraduate and graduate psychology programs in Rhode Island.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island confers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology to students to successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program. Students will complete major requirements and electives encompassing such topics alcohol and drug counseling, clinical psychology, child development, and school psychology. Students must complete at least one internship. Psychology majors, who live on campus, may want to live in a Living Learning Community with other psychology students. Study abroad opportunities are also available, and psychology majors may find a graduate student or faculty member mentor through the Psychology Club or Psi Chi, both on-campus organizations open to psychology majors.

Providence College
Undergraduate students at Providence College may pursue at Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. In addition to core college requirements, psychology majors must complete 12 psychology courses to fulfill degree requirements. Core courses cover topics including biopsychology, health psychology, learning, cognitive psychology, and psychological testing and analysis. Students are encouraged to assist faculty members with research to gain the skills necessary to continue to graduate study. Psychology majors may become involved by contributing to Analyze This, the newsletter of the psychology department or, if eligible, by joining Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College features a 30 credit graduate program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology. Graduate students may complete the program full-time or part-time, and both day and evening classes are available. Specializations are available in health psychology, organizational psychology, or psychology and the law. Students will complete such core course requirements as research and design analysis, child and adolescent development, personality theory, and social psychology. A directed research project is also mandatory. Assistantships and scholarships may be available for qualified students to help defray educational costs. Prospective applicants must submit GRE scores and may be required to complete a personal interview.

Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University offers Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology. Both programs span two years and can be completed full-time or part-time. Students pursuing the clinical psychology degree choose between the non-thesis practitioner track and the thesis track. Regardless of the track, students must complete such core requirements as Research Design, Clinical Assessment, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Professional Ethics in Psychology. Forensic psychology majors also choose between a non-thesis and thesis track with non-thesis students completing a practicum to gain real world experience. Students can pick electives from an eclectic menu of courses: forensic report writing, family violence, law and mental health, child assessment and vocational training.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Rhode Island

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Roger Williams University
1 Old Ferry Rd
Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-1040

Student Review: “I greatly enjoyed being a part of the psychology program at Roger Williams University. I enjoyed that certain classes were challenging, and enjoyed how they really encouraged you to think deeply about certain issues. One thing that I enjoyed most was the small class sizes, giving me a way to connect with each professor. This became a great tool so that I was able to have a professor who knew me by name to come to with any problems or struggles. Other than class time, there were a lot of panels and fairs to allow us to really get our names out and connect with people working in the psychology field. Overall, it was an excellent experience!” – Student at Roger Williams University

University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000

Student Review: “I was satisfied with the education I received while working towards my bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. The best part of the experience for me was that I attended the satellite campus of the university, allowing for smaller class sizes and more professor availability. The one thing that I would change about the program would be to condense some of the courses, especially the higher level major-specific ones. I feel that I spent too many credits rehashing the same information, just under a different course title. Another thing I appreciated about my education experience was the quality and level of qualifications of all my professors. I was always confident that they were the best teachers I could have had.” – Student at University of Rhode Island

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