10 Best Colleges for Online Psychology Degrees of 2013
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for psychology related careers is expected to grow at a faster than average rate, making psychology degrees a worthwhile investment for the future. Among the fastest growing fields for psychology degree graduates include career counselors, special education teachers, school psychologists, industrial/organizational psychologists, genetics counselors, forensic psychologists, sports psychologists, clinical psychologists and engineering psychologists.
Increasingly people are choosing to pursue college degrees online because of the greater flexibility and affordability of online degrees. For those looking to earn an online psychology degree, we’ve put together a list of the best online colleges and universities offering online psychology programs in 2013. Our online psychology degree rankings are based on several factors, including school reputation, student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, and overall affordability. Only fully accredited online colleges and universities were considered.
Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian university, came in #25 in our list of the top 25 online colleges and universities of 2011 and #2 in our list of the top 10 online Christian colleges and universities. Liberty University Online offers an Associate’s degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, as well as a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and both master’s and doctoral degrees in Counseling.
Ranked # 24 in our list of the top 24 online colleges and universities of 2011 and #3 in our list of the top 10 online Catholic colleges and universities, Saint Leo University Online has established itself as a premier online school. St. Leo University Online’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is designed to prepare graduates for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines as well as employment in entry-level professional positions in human service settings and mental health facilities.
Recognized for its online programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2010 and ranked #14 by the Online Education Database, Walden University Online is known not only for its quality online degree programs, but also for its commitment to social change. Walden University Online currently offers Master of Science degrees in Psychology with 12 distinct concentrations, including Social Psychology, Health Psychology, and Media Psychology among others.
Ranked #7 by the Online Education Database, Grand Canyon University Online is one of the fastest growing online Christian universities. Grand Canyon University Online currently offers a Bachelor of Science and two doctoral degrees in Psychology.
Arizona State University ranks #5 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of schools favored by employers for job recruiting and #2 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 list of “Up-and-Coming Schools.” ASU Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development designed to prepare students for careers in human services or further study in the psychological sciences.
#5. UMass Online
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Massachusetts among its top 100 universities for 2011 and our editors gave UMass Online the #13 spot in our list of the top 25 online colleges and universities of 2011. UMass Online currently offers Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, one of its most popular undergraduate degree programs, along with a number of master’s level degrees in therapy and counseling.
#6. Ohio Christian University Online
Ranked #8 on our list of the top 10 online Christian colleges and universities of 2011, Ohio Christian University approaches all of its classes from a distinctively Christian perspective. Ohio Christian University Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that prepares students to conduct their own research in psychology or do counseling from a Christian perspective.
#7. Brandman University Online
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review as one of the top universities in the Western U.S., Brandman University has quickly established a strong reputation for its online programs. Brandman University Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology designed to prepare students for a future in social work or graduate study in psychology.
#8. Northcentral University Online
With a #37 ranking in the Online Education Database’s list of top online schools, Northcentral University Online is known for its faculty mentored approach to online education, allowing for greater individualized attention for students. Northcentral University Online currently offers several online master’s and doctoral degrees in General Psychology, Gender Diversity Studies, Health Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
#9. Southern New Hampshire University Online
A U.S. News & World Report tier 1 university and GetEducated.com “Best Buy”, Southern New Hampshire University Online has established a reputation for quality and affordability in online education. SNHU Online currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development.