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

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Plymouth State University
17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
Plymouth State University, College of Graduate Studies offers a 69 credit Master of Education (MeD) in School Psychology. This program allows students to achieve both national and state certification in school psychology and is designed for students with strong personal skills, a professional attitude, and a vast understanding of human development. Candidates who have already completed a master's degree in another field can continue their education by enrolling in a professional certification program or investigating post master's Certificate of Advanced Graduation (CAGS). The National School Psychology Certification Board can grant national certification to students who successfully graduate from this program. [full profile]
MEd in School Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Cognitive Science Master's Campus
Rivier University
420 South Main St, Nashua, NH 3060
Rivier University offers graduate psychology programs with a strong base in bio psycho-social behavior and revolve around research, analysis, and evaluation of data collected. Classes provide a practical experience with many hands on activities and the ability to work closely with the standard for psychology industry software. Rivier offers Psychology Master's programs that help ready students for further education or professional opportunities such as doctoral programs or employment in human service and academic fields. The Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) allows students to apply license to practice in public service opportunities or to continue in the education field by teaching at a university level. [full profile]
Masters of Science Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science Experimental Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Applied Psychology Master's Online
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045
Southern New Hampshire University's graduate psychology degree offers students the ability to evolve their skills into a set of advanced expertise that can be utilized to create success in a future profession. SNHU gives students the capability of an online learning experience that combines the art of research with cognitive and social psychology, as well as training in ethical practice, personality, and learning theory. The online Psychology Master's degree is a four year program that requires students to complete 36 credits online through eight foundation courses that are paired with electives in psychology or other scientific or arts categories. In order to apply to this program, a Bachelor of Arts or Science must already be completed successfully. [full profile]
MS in Psychology Master's Online
Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology (Masters of Science) Master's Campus

Psychology Education In New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of our country's smallest states but the market for psychologists is very large. Indeed, according to the New Hampshire Employment Security Department, the industry can expect a growth of 14.7% between 2012 and 2022. This means that there will be many new positions and that, due to the high demand, pay and benefits offered will be highly competitive as well.

New Hampshire has put some stringent requirements in place in terms of education, experience and examination. This ensures that only people with the right skills and knowledge can be responsible for the mental well being of the people of New Hampshire. In many cases, going to a psychologist is a last hope resort, which means they are experiencing very significant difficulties and really place their trust in a professional. Only those who are properly trained are able to ensure they can assess, diagnose and treat their patients and actually make a positive change to their overall mental health and well being.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in New Hampshire

In order to become a psychologist in the Granite State, you must be educated to doctorate level. The degree must have accreditation either from the American Psychological Association or the Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Additionally, this program must be at least three years in length on a full time basis.

Before you do this, however, you will need to complete a four year bachelor's degree, which will allow you to move on to your master's degree. This takes two years to complete. Once you hold your master's, you will be ready to choose either a Ph.D. in psychology program or a Psy.D. program. There are significant differences between the two programs, including in how long it takes to complete them and the focus of the degree. The real difference will be noticeable after you have graduated and have started to get into work, however.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice has also determined that all graduates must complete a period of supervised professional experience before they can become licensed. This period must be at least two years in length, with one year equating to at least 1,500 hours. The 1,500 hours of supervised experience have to be completed in no less than 12 and no more than 24 consecutive calendar months. The internship completed during a doctorate program can count towards a maximum of one year of this professional experience.

New Hampshire Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, you must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) examination. This is a test that is nationally recognized and it is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It is a 225 multiple choice question test and you must answer at least 70% correctly in order to earn a pass rate. You have 3 hours and 20 minutes to do so. The test is nationally recognized, in part because it touches on all eight core elements of psychology, being:

• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
• Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
• Growth and Lifespan Development
• Assessment and Diagnosis
• Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
• Research Methods and Statistics
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

At the minute, the test costs $600. However, this changes regularly and it is advisable to check first.

The Career of a Psychologist in New Hampshire

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were some 350 psychologists in the state as of May 2014. These all fell into the "clinical, counseling and school psychology" category. The BLS has reported that their average annual salary currently stood at $69,150 per year, which was a rise of 4.6%. The industry has grown by 10.4% since the last count.

An average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, whereas the other half earns more. There are a number of factors of importance when it comes to variations in salary. Firstly, the specific employer you work for is of importance, as is the number of years work experience you have. Another important factor is whether you chose to complete the Ph.D. and work in research or as a lecturer, or whether you completed the Psy.D. and work directly in patient care.

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