Obtaining a master’s in psychology can result in a number of career opportunities, from health care to government jobs. The top psychology programs in North Carolina are ranked according to several criteria. For instance, U.S. News & World Report uses peer assessment surveys -- sent to department heads -- about the academic quality of the college. Other indicators used by organizations such as the National Research Council include graduation rates, faculty expertise, test scores and awards, or honors given to students and faculty.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
As the top-ranked graduate psychology program in the state, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill provides students with extensive classroom and clinical learning opportunities. The master’s program includes courses in behavior, psycholinguistics, research methods and psychological assessment. Several practicum courses focus on advanced clinical practice in all areas of psychology, as well as specialized experiences in working with children, adolescents and different segments of the adult population. Like most master’s programs, UNC-Chapel Hill also requires students to compose a thesis before the degree is awarded.
The psychology and neuroscience department at Duke University is another top-rated program, where the human brain, mind and behavior are examined in depth. The graduate program offers different areas of training in psychology, including clinical, developmental and social psychology. Classroom and lab work are utilized in all training areas, along with clinical experiences or collaboration with faculty and students. Internships are also an option for students on the clinical psychology track.
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
At the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, graduate students can pursue a master’s in general experimental psychology. Clinical, developmental, cognitive and social psychology are options for students in the doctoral program, who earn a master's degree during the course of study. Students just seeking their master’s in the general experimental psychology program will explore all major areas in the field, along with psychopathology. Quantitative and biological psychology are other options for study. A thesis based on original research done in the lab is required in this master’s program.
Appalachian State University
Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University awards master of arts degrees in the following areas of psychology: general experimental, school, clinical health, industrial-organizational and human resource management. All students, regardless of their chosen track, must complete 12 credit hours of a core sequence of courses in general psychology and research methods. The school also uses mentorship and professional development programs to enhance learning outcomes for students. Practicum courses and internships are also required components for some areas of study.
- University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: Department of Psychology
- Duke University: Psychology & Neuroscience
- The University of North Carolina – Greensboro: Graduate Program
- Appalachian State University: Department of Psychology
- Social Psychology Network: NRC Ranking of U.S. Psychology Ph.D. Programs
- The National Academies Press: A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States
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