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The following is a list of Masters in Psychology programs throughout Arkansas. 

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Arkansas Tech University
Administration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Arkansas Tech University has designed a Master of Science in psychology degree that promotes advanced studies through a varied selection of training tools and methods. The program is based around the importance of research within the many facets of the psychology world. Each student will be assigned a faculty member to advise and mentor throughout their time at ATU, and a thesis must be completed during this time. Applicants to the program must already hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 18 hours of Psychology including statistics and research methods. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous studies is also required for entry into the MS program. [full profile]
Master of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities Master's Campus
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences PhD/Doctorate Campus
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational PhD/Doctorate Campus
University of Arkansas
Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Two degree programs in psychological science are offered at the University of Arkansas. These are the experimental psychology and clinical psychology pathways. The first two years of the degrees are the same and are designed to teach you how to become a psychologist. The university strongly believes that this is a necessary foundation before you study towards a specialization such as clinical or experimental psychology. In order to maintain the quality that the university is known for, you will be expected to have at least a B grade point average during the entire course, or above if at all possible. [full profile]
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - Cognition and Neural Systems (CNS) - Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology (EEP) PhD/Doctorate Campus
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) PhD/Doctorate Campus

Arkansas Psychology Requirements

Arkansas is famous for the production of rice, its beautiful forests and some of the country's most mesmerizing natural parks. It is also a fantastic place to work in as a psychologist, with high demand and various great employment opportunities. In fact, Discover Arkansas has stated that the field is expected to grow by 10% between now and 2018, which is a very significant growth. This means that the need for licensed and properly educated psychologists is growing rapidly and this, in turn, means higher salaries and various far more interesting opportunities for those interested in a career in psychology.

Arkansas is committed to high quality health care, including mental health care. As a result, the requirements in place for psychologists are incredibly stringent. This ensures that clients receive the best possible care and that they are only treated by professionals who are competent and fully qualified. Only once you meet all the different requirements will you be able to have a license to practice psychology in Arkansas.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Arkansas

All psychologists in Arkansas must hold a doctorate degree. This can be in psychology, or in a field that is very closely related. Additionally, the program must be accredited by an institution that is recognized nationally or regionally. According to the Arkansas Psychology Board, the best programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). If not accredited by the APA, the program should still meet some specific and stringent educational requirements. A program should be at least 80 semester hours in length. In Arkansas, you have a choice of 19 different schools that are fully accredited and offer doctorates in psychology. This means that it is reasonably straightforward to find a good quality program.

To take part in a doctorate degree, students must complete a four year bachelor's degree first. It is recommended to then also take part in a two year master's degree. At this point, it should only take around two years to complete a doctorate. Those who do not hold a master's will need around four years to finish their doctorate.

Furthermore, individuals must take part in an internship of at least 2,000 hours, equating to one year. This internship must also be APA-accredited. This year can also count towards the supervised professional experience that is also required in order for someone to become a licensed psychologist in Arkansas.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Arkansas

After the internship and completion of the doctorate program, graduates must obtain supervised professional experience. This must be at least one year in length on top of the one year internship already completed during the degree program. During this experience, graduates must be fully supervised by a licensed psychologist. The experience must be completed full time, working a 40 hour week for an entire year. Although it is possible to be slightly more flexible than this, a graduate cannot take more than four years to complete this requirement.

Arkansas Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Psychologists in Arkansas must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a 225 multiple choice question exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). Out of the 225 questions, 50 are pre-test items and 175 are actually scored. To take the examination, students must request approval from the Arkansas Psychology Board. Additionally, they must pay the necessary fee, which currently stands at $600, although this can change each year. The Board will be informed of the score of the test and they will send the results through to the aspiring psychologist.

The Career of a Psychologist in Arkansas

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects information on psychologists and other industries across the country. At their last count in May 2013, there were around 650 psychologists employed in the state. Salaries, salary growth and job growth vary greatly depending on the field of psychology someone is employed in. As such in May 2013,

  • Clinical, counseling and school psychologists, of which there were 580, enjoyed an average annual salary of $62,500, which is a 5.6% growth since the last count. Jobs have grown by 9.3% in that same period.
  • All other psychologists, of which there were 70, earned an average annual salary of $83,270, representing a 4.8% growth. Employment opportunities had grown by 3%.

It is important to understand that an average salary means that half earn less, and half earn more than that. Some factors of particular importance on salary include their location in the state, their experience, their education and who their employer is. Interestingly, no count was made for industrial and organizational psychologists, although this is the fastest growing area of psychology and it is believed that, at the next count, this will be included by the BLS.

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