Psychology in the US – Ranking, Specializations, Short Courses, Application Process, Cost and Salary

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    QS World Ranking – University wise

    Based on the graduation rate, psychology major is famous in the US with 116,000 students graduating per year. Mentioned is the QS World Ranking of top institutions offering psychology as major in the US.

    Psychology School QS World Ranking
    Harvard University 1
    Stanford University 2
    University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 5
    University of California, Los Angeles =7
    Yale University =7
    MIT 9
    University of Michigan 10
    New York University 11
    Columbia University 12
    University of Pennsylvania =13

    The best universities for psychology in the US come under top 15 QS list which proves the ability of the prestigious US schools.

    After arts and humanities, engineering and technology, psychology ranks 3rd in the QS subject ranking 2018 under the category of life sciences and medicine in the US.

    Psychology is an upcoming field in the US attracting numerous international students. It persuades the students for self-awareness, their actions and personalities.

    One of the reasons, why psychology in the US is well-known is that it covers almost all major specializations in bachelor’s and master’s program.

    APA (American Psychology Association) accredits 850 doctoral programs in school counselling and clinical psychology out of 1,900 psychology graduate programs in the US. 

    QS World ranking proves the status of the US psychology schools in the world. A degree of psychology in the US earns a respectable job anywhere in the world, it is possible due to the state of art teaching methods and advanced knowledge base provided to the students.

    Top Psychology Specializations in the US

    Mentioned are the psychology programs, well-known in the US.

    1. General Psychology
    2. Clinical Psychology
    3. Child Psychology
    4. Counseling Psychology
    5. School Psychology
    6. Cognitive and perceptual psychology
    7. Social Psychology
    8. Forensic Psychology
    9. Addictions
    10. Sports Psychology

    Eligibility of Psychology Degrees in the US

    Bachelor’s degree – A high school graduate or have completed GED

    Master’s degree – Bachelor’s degree

    Ph.D. – Master’s in psychology or related field

    Short Courses in Psychology (Full-Time)

    1. Introduction to Cultural Psychology
    2. Introduction to Psychology of Emotion
    3. Psychology of Bias - Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
    4. Introduction to Statistical Methods – Precalculus
    5. Genes, Memes, and Behavior
    6. Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
    7. General Psychology
    8. Options in Mind, Brain and Behavior
    9. Psychology of Human Behavior
    10. Introduction to Neuroscience

    Application Process for Psychology Course in the US

    Admission Requirements

    • Filled admission form
    • Application fee
    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution along with official transcripts
    • Related field of education is preferred or an aptitude for work in counseling through suitable experience.
    • GPA score
    • SAT or ACT score (not necessary at some institutions)
    • Letter of Recommendation – 2
    • Personal statement
    • Interview may be required for admission
    • Financial documentation is required for the proof of enough funds required by the authorities
    • English proficiency test results for the students who don’t have English as first language
    English Proficiency Test Minimum score required

    Paper-based – 550

    Computer-based – 213

    iBT - 79

    Alternative to TOEFL exam

    Exam Minimum Score Required
    ACT 21
    SAT 29
    IELTS 6.0
    PTE score of 53 with no sub-scores lower than 47

    Note: Requirements may vary depending upon the university

    How to Apply?

    Applicants may fill the application form of the required universities directly or through application portals and submit required documents for further processing.

    Who Should opt for MA Psychology?

    Students who have good analytical and critical thinking skills and love for what they have learned may choose to opt for this course. They need to have compassion and patience towards the patients. Also, problem-solving abilities and sense of responsibility are other traits required in a student.

    With excellent communication skills, students who have the passion to help people coming over their mental illness are completely fit for the course.

    Cost of Studying Psychology in the US

    The expenses of education at different levels in the US varies for resident and non-resident students. The education may not be expensive for residents while for international students the education might be hefty.

    The average cost of studying in different programs at different levels is generally different. The cost of studying bachelors in the US institutions may be around 40,000 USD.

    In master’s, it may appear to be around 35,000 USD per year. Finally, Ph.D. costs approximately 30,000 USD and around 35,000 USD for private not-for-profit colleges.

    The most affordable degree in the US is offered by United States Military Academy with 0 USD per annum, this provides 100% discount from the national average program cost.

    Fact: the University of Central Florida offers the nation’s most famous general psychology bachelor’s program with 963 degrees awarded per year.

    Click Here Tuition cost for 4-year bachelor’s program in general psychology in the US

    Scholarships for International Students

    Curated Psychology Scholarships by American Psychological Association (APA)

    Scholarship Amount
    Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CIA) 18,000 USD
    APA Student Travel Award 300 USD
    Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship 25,000 USD
    Roy Scrivner Research Grants 15,000 USD
    National Register Credentialing Scholarships Amount subject to cost of credentialing fees

    Other Scholarships

    Scholarship Amount
    American Psychological Foundation Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship 10,000 USD
    Merit Scholarship 10,000 USD
    The Dr. Michael Horowitz/Dr. Jeannie Gutierrez Immigrant/First Generation Scholarship 10,000 USD
    President's Scholarship 7,000 USD
    The P.E.O. International Peace scholarship 12,500 USD

    Average Salary of Jobs under Psychology

    If the students are not sure about the career they can opt after doing psychology, here are the answers:-

    Job Profile Average Salary
    Psychologist 65,000 USD
    Social Worker 45,000 USD
    Counselor 40,000 USD
    Human Resources Manager 100,000 USD
    Educationist 60,000 USD
    Psychiatric Technician 55,000 USD
    Correctional Officer 45,000 USD