Find the Right Psychology Program for You

Read about the various psychology programs and degree types available to you.


Finding the right psychology program can be a study in itself.

With so many psychology specialties to choose from, it’s not always easy to know which degree you’ll need.

Using our guide to the different psychology degree programs that are available can help you understand the differences between them and find the right psychology school for you.

Bachelor’s Psychology Programs

Intended for students who have a high school diploma, GED or an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree programs in psychology generally emphasize the sciences in addition to psychology. Most psychologists have a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Master’s Psychology Programs

A master’s psychology program requires at least two years of full-time graduate study. Coursework generally includes the following:

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Social sciences
  • Biological and physical sciences
  • Complete a clinical internship
  • Complete a thesis based on original research

Psychologists with a master’s degree in psychology may work in the industrial-organizational field or as psychological assistants.

Doctorate in Education (EdD) Psychology Programs

The EdD is likely to be a preferred qualification for mid-career employees, many of whom will already have master’s degrees but wish to pursue studies at the doctorate level, which are based on research in addition to the application of that knowledge in professional practice. The EdD is designed for the professional practitioner.

Graduates are qualified to work as administrators, superintendents, teacher educators, as well as other educational leadership positions.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) Programs

Psychologists with a PhD qualify for a wide range of teaching, research, clinical, and counseling positions in universities, healthcare services, elementary and secondary schools, private industry, and government. A PhD places an equal emphasis on research and clinical training. Entrance into PhD programs is highly competitive. A master’s degree in psychology is often a prerequisite to a PhD program.

Post-Doctoral Certificate Programs

Post-doctoral psychology certificate programs are for professional psychologists with a PsyD or PhD who wish to expand their knowledge and training in a specialty psychology area such as academic, clinical, counseling, health, or organizational psychology.

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