How to Become a Psychologist
Why Become a Psychologist?
Where Do Psychologists Work?
- Universities or four-year colleges
- Other schools (e.g., high schools, elementary schools)
- Medical schools
- Independent practices
- Hospitals or other health services
- Government or Veterans Association medical centers
- Businesses or nonprofits
Psychology Career and Job Growth
Finding an Accredited Psychology School
Psychology Degrees and Studies Online
Different Psychology Degrees
Master’s Degree in Psychology
PhD in Psychology
PsyD in Psychology
EdD in Psychology
EdS in Psychology
Choosing a Psychology Career Track or Specialty
Counseling vs. Clinical Psychology
What Education Is Needed to Become a Counseling Psychologist?
What Education Is Needed to Become a Clinical Psychologist?
Non-Psychology Counseling Career Paths
Licensed Social Workers
Marriage and Family Therapy
Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist
Psychology Licensure Requirements by State
To become a psychologist with a master’s degree requires four years of an undergraduate degree and another two years to complete a master’s degree. To become a psychologist with a doctorate degree, which is typically necessary to receive a license, requires an additional four to six years beyond the master’s for a PsyD or an additional five to seven years beyond the master’s for a PhD.
Courses needed for a master’s degree in psychology include theoretical psychology, developmental psychology, ethics and psychology, research, and communication.
Courses needed for a doctoral degree in psychology might include psychopathology, developmental disabilities, basic emotional processes, prevention and intervention, and quantitative analysis.
Undergraduate majors that lend themselves well to higher psychology degrees and specialized pursuits of study within psychology include psychology, biology, neuroscience, education, social work and sociology.
California (16,900), New York (13,470) and Massachusetts (5,660) are the states with the most licensed psychologists. The states with the fewest licensed psychologists are South Dakota (160), Wyoming (170) and Alaska (170).