Psychology Schools in Vermont
The following guide to psychology schools in Vermont provides you with essential information on the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs, including profiles of specific programs, available in the state. Vermont’s colleges and universities feature concentrations in general psychology, clinical mental health counseling, and neuroscience. Some universities offer a viable, flexible alternative to earning a traditional psychology degree by offering psychology degrees partially or fully online.
Psychology Program Stats
- There are 14 not-for-profit colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Vermont.1
- No schools offer an associate’s degree in psychology.1
- 14 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in psychology.1
- 5 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.1
- 1 school ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: University of Vermont (#80 in-state, #93 out-of-state).2
- No schools ranked in the Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors for 2018.3
- Highest graduation rate*: Middlebury College 93%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: College of St. Joseph 41%.1
- Highest net price*: Champlain College $38,370.1
- Lowest net price*: Johnson State College $14,923.1
*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs.
Below you will find several profiles of the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs offered at Vermont’s top universities and colleges.
Schools in Vermont with Psychology Programs
Traditional Undergraduate Programs
University of Vermont
The University of Vermont’s Department of Psychology allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology. Students are encouraged to pursue the degree that most closely matches their interests. A student interested in the humanities, therefore, would typically work towards the BA degree as it includes more liberal arts courses; students interested in research and applied psychology would typically pursue the BS. Students must complete general college coursework and psychology courses to fulfill the degree requirements of 120 credits. Psychology majors have plenty of opportunities to become involved on campus, volunteering in research studies, conducting research studies, attending psychology seminars, and engaging in service learning projects with fellow students.
Southern Vermont College
Southern Vermont College awards the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology to students who successfully complete the 128 credit program. Psychology majors must take 16 credits of core major courses covering the introduction to psychology, social research, abnormal psychology, and a mandatory practicum. Electives focus on such topics as family dynamics, child growth and development, biologic basis of behavior, schools of psychology, human sexuality, chemical dependency, and interviewing and case management skills. Psychology majors must complete a practicum, which is enhanced by a weekly seminar, and study abroad opportunities are available. Prospective students can apply for admission online.
Traditional Graduate Programs
Goddard College features two low-residency graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology and the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students in the low-residency program spend eight days on campus in Plainfield, Vermont, each semester followed by 16 weeks of distance education. Regardless of the psychology track chosen, all students will complete such core psychology courses as ethics and professional orientation, human lifespan development, psychopathology, and research methodology. Graduate students must also complete a 600-hour clinical internship to fulfill degree requirements. Elective courses are determined by the student’s career goals with the aid of an academic advisor.
College of St. Joseph
The College of St. Joseph is home to a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology that trains graduates to work as master’s-level mental health practitioners in the counseling field. The curriculum emphasizes the scientific method and a developmental model of intervention that focuses on client strengths while addressing behavioral issues. Courses include Advanced Theories of Psychotherapy, Advanced Abnormal Psychology, and Psychological Appraisal. Full-time students are provided with an academic year charge for tuition, while part-time students will pay per credit hour. For admissions consideration, students must provide a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and a current resume. The College of St. Joseph also offers master’s degree programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, and School Counseling.
Online Psychology Programs
Johnson State College
Johnson State College offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas in mental health and social services, as well as to pursue graduate study. The credit hours dedicated to the psychology core include such courses as Social Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Probability & Statistics. Students also take 15 credit hours of electives in psychology, with options including coursework in organizational psychology, addictions psychology, and clinical skills. An internship or advanced research project is included in the curriculum to give students hands-on, real-world experience that prepares them for work and for graduate school. Note that in summer of 2018 Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will merge to become Northern Vermont University; students who enroll in the psychology program before the merger will become NVU students in the new school’s online division.
EPPP Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Psychology Programs in Vermont
The table below is designed to help you compare not-for-profit psychology schools in Vermont 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|
|College of St. Joseph||Yes||Yes||No||—||31%||—||—||—||—||$16,836|
|Johnson State College||Yes||Yes||Bachelor’s||—||35%||—||—||—||—||$14,923|
|Lyndon State College||Yes||No||Bachelor’s||—||38%||—||—||—||—||$15,587|
|Saint Michael’s College||Yes||Yes||No||—||79%||—||—||—||—||$31,264|
|Southern Vermont College||Yes||No||No||—||29%||—||—||—||—||$24,235|
|University of Vermont||Yes||Yes||No||APA, CACREP||74%||81%||11||169||66^||$17,816|
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
Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Vermont
Northern Vermont University (f/k/a Lyndon State College)
1001 College Rd
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Student Review: “Lyndon State College’s psychology program was very good for a state school in Vermont. The faculty was extremely helpful, frequently staying much later than their scheduled office hours just to help me. We were isolated in northeastern Vermont, but most of the faculty were from very well known schools. During my final year at Lyndon State College, I had to do a portfolio. My professors helped me tremendously and actually helped me land my first job. Overall, my experience was very good at Lyndon State College. The only thing that was lacking was the atmosphere and that has nothing to do with academics.” – Student at Lyndon State College
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