Top 5 Online Psychology School Programs

Here are U.S. News and World Report’s picks for top psychology programs.

top-online-psychology-schoolsU.S. News and World Report recently included a list of online education programs in its annual top college rankings. Though it didn’t rank psychology schools specifically, a number of online psychology school programs made its top list for 2013.

Comparing that list to industry lists of top programs brought these five schools to the head of the class.

(Do note that there are dozens of solid online psychology programs, so not appearing on this list doesn’t necessarily mean a school is not worthwhile.)

The following rankings are based on online bachelor degree programs, but many schools also offer advanced degrees in psychology as well. The factors weighed include graduation rates, new graduate debt and academic and career support services.

1. Pace University

U.S. News Rankings for Pace University:

  • #5 for student engagement and assessment
  • #3 for student services and technology

Programs Offered: 

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s of psychology degrees
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Human Relations

Program Statistics:

  • Maximum class size: 20
  • 2012-2013 enrollment: 212

2. Regent University

U.S. News Rankings for Regent University:

  • #22 student services and technology
  • #32 Student engagement and assessment

Programs Offered:

  • Associate’s degree
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • M.A. in Human Services Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Education and Supervision

Program Statistics:

  • Average of online teaching experience: Five years
  • General psychology is one of the five most popular majors

3. Westfield State University

U.S. News Rankings for Westfield State University:

  • #41 for student engagement and assessment
  • #11 for student services and technology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology

Program Statistics:

  • 2012-2013 enrollment: 75
  • Founded in 2008

4. Brandman University

U.S. News Rankings for Brandman University:

  • #12 for student services and technology
  • #19 for student engagement

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Program Statistics:

  • 2012-2013 enrollment: 951
  • Founded in 2008

5. Bellevue University

U.S. News Rankings for Bellevue University:

  • #11 student engagement
  • #54 student services and technology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Counseling

Program Statistics:

  • 2012-2013 enrollment: 6,190
  • Founded in 1996

Source: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings?int=851316

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