Psychology Schools in Utah
Choosing the best psychology program for your needs can be a challenge. The following guide to psychology schools in Utah provides you with essential information, including profiles of several undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, to make your decision easier. The colleges and universities in Utah allow students to earn a general psychology degree or to specialize in such areas as clinical psychology and school psychology. A flexible, convenient alternative to a traditional degree is an online degree. Numerous universities offer partially or fully online undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.
- There are 11 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Utah.
- 5 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
- Highest graduation rate: Brigham Young University – Provo 78%1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Dixie State University 42%1
- Highest net price: Westminster College $24,0441
- Lowest net price: Snow College $7,8161
- Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Utah with psychology and counseling programs: $4,290 – $26,7122
- 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): Brigham Young University – Provo (68).
- We found 3 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: Utah State University (130), University of Utah (132) and Brigham Young University (215).
*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.
Continue reading below to learn more about a few of the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at several of Utah’s colleges and universities.
Psychology Graduate Programs in Utah
Utah State University
Graduate students interested in working as a school counselor can earn a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology School Counseling at Utah State University. The program requires 48 credits and includes 35 core and elective psychology courses, a 200-hour practicum (50 hours devoted to a practicum course and 150 hours working in a school), and a 600-hour internship. Teachers who have taught for three or more years only need to complete a 400-hour internship. Coursework covers group counseling, psychometrics, career counseling, developmental psychology, and psychological and educational consultation. Students who successfully complete the master’s program will be eligible for licensure as a school counselor by the Utah State Office of Education.
Westminster College confers the Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Psychology to students who successfully complete the three-year program. Graduate students generally fulfill degree requirements during the fall and spring semesters. During the first year, students take such courses as ethics, stats and research methods, individual psychotherapy, infant and child development, and tests and measurement. The second year includes a mandatory practicum, with students beginning the mandatory thesis and required to pass comprehensive exams prior to completing two internships in the third year of study. Prospective candidates must submit GRE scores, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation prior to the mid-March deadline.
Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Utah
University of Utah
The University of Utah features an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Psychology majors must complete 41 credits of core and elective classes to fulfill degree requirements. Classes focus on general psychology, psychology as a science and a profession, abnormal child psychology, cognitive psychology, and health psychology. Psychology majors are also encouraged to apply to become members of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students, and the Student Advisory Group. Eligible psychology majors may apply for acceptance into the psychology department’s honors program. Students in the honors program complete an honors thesis, and as with all psychology majors, have the opportunity to work in research with faculty members. Undergraduate research assistantships are available through the psychology department.
Brigham Young University
Students at Brigham Young University may pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. The 53-credit major requires students to complete a combination of core and elective courses spanning such topics as the psychology of gender, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and language development. Psychology majors are encouraged to be proactive and seek out faculty members with whom they would like to work on research projects. Students often intern for academic credit and independent studies are allowed. Psychology students can become involved on campus by contributing to Intuition, the undergraduate psychology journal on campus, and by joining the Psych Association and Psi Chi.
Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Utah
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Student Review: “My experience as a psychology major at Brigham Young University (in Provo, UT) was mixed. Some of my professors were very helpful in helping me get ready for graduate school. I was able to work with more than one professor on research projects and eventually I presented one research project as a poster at a professional conference. But I had some professors who were not very current in their knowledge and taught in a rather biased way. One professor in particular taught about gender issues in psychology by assigning conservative magazine articles to students instead of scientific articles from journals like Sex Roles, Psychology of Women Quarterly, etc. We learned early on in the major that psychology is a behavioral science, so it was quite a surprise when a professor ignored the science and just taught opinions that made a lot of the women (and a few men) in his class uncomfortable. Also, most of the psychology majors in my classes were nice people, but I found some of them to rather uneducated about controversial issues like the heritability of intelligence, personality and sexual orientation; determinism vs. free will; and the cognitive origins of stereotyping and prejudice.” – Student at Brigham Young University
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