A career in the practice of psychology is one that begins at the undergraduate level and often progresses through the doctorate level. In some cases, students look to online courses in order to complete their degree while working full-time to cut down on the amount of student loans upon graduation. Choosing an accredited program is key, and can mean the difference between being able to practice as a psychologist and having to start over from scratch to earn a degree from an accredited school.

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the nation's oldest and largest school of graduate studies focusing solely on the field of psychology. The school's online blended program combines online courses with campus courses; however, the majority of the university's online programs can be completed entirely online.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers degree programs at the master's and doctorate levels, as well as certificate programs for continuing education. APA-approved degree options include Ph.D. studies in either international psychology or organizational leadership; and Master of Arts degrees in either industrial/organizational psychology, applied forensic psychology services or psychology. Certificates are available in child and adolescent psychology, post-masters BCBA, applied industrial and organizational psychology and applied forensic psychology services.

As of 2010, tuition costs for the MA program begin at $855 per credit hour, while the Ph.D. program costs are $1,070 per credit hour. Certificate program fees vary by program and are available upon request. Financial aid options are available.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 325 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654 800-721-8072 thechicagoschool.edu

Capella University

In 2000, Capella University became the first online degree program in psychology to earn approval from the APA. The Harold Abel School of Psychology offers a wide variety of degree programs at the graduate and doctorate levels. Courses are taught by professionals in the field of psychology, providing students with the real-world experience of working professionals.

APA-approved degree options include doctorate degrees in the fields of clinical psychology; educational psychology; general psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. Approved master's degree programs include clinical psychology; counseling psychology; educational psychology; evaluation, research and measurement; general psychology; industrial/organizational psychology; leadership coaching psychology; organizational leader development; school psychology and sport psychology.

Tuition at Capella University averages $812 per course for graduate-level classes and $1,500 per course for the doctorate classes, as of 2010. Financial aid options are available.

Capella University Capella Tower 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55402 888-227-2736 capella.edu