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Which South Carolina Universities Offer Degrees in Psychology?

Learn about psychology degrees in South Carolina. See program and specialization options, degree requirements and courses, and get tuition info for the region.

Several four-year institutions in South Carolina offer psychology degree programs. Compare the different available specializations, undergraduate and graduate level programs, and school information to help you find a school that works for you.

What You Need to Know

Universities in South Carolina offer psychology degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Bachelor's degree programs may award either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. These programs take four years to complete. Master's degree programs take between two and three years and often include a practicum or clinical experience. A thesis may also be required. Ph.D. programs can take between three and seven years, depending on previous education, and often include research, an internship or a dissertation. Read on to learn about some of the psychology programs offered at South Carolina universities and to see if any will work for you.

Psychology Bachelor's Degree Programs in SC

Clemson University

Located in Clemson, SC, Clemson University offers both B.A. and B.S. degree programs through the Department of Psychology. The B.A. program requires more foreign language courses and fewer math and science courses than the B.S. degree program. You might encounter topics in human behavior, child development, personality studies, psychological testing and theories of psychotherapy. You may also be able to participate in an applied psychology summer program and assist graduate students and faculty with psychology-related research projects.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology
  • Program Length: Four years (full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $15,374 per year for residents, $37,128 per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: High School diploma
  • Requirements: ACT or SAT scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 24,951 students (19,669 undergraduate)

University of South Carolina - Columbia

The Department of Psychology at Barnwell College is located on the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus and offers two bachelor's degree programs in psychology. You will need to complete 120 credit hours to earn the B.A. or B.S. degree, including 32 hours of psychology coursework. The B.S. program also specifies that you must complete one upper division psychology lab class. As a psychology major, you might benefit from attending psychology lectures at the university's Hard Data Cafe.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Program Length: Four years (full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $12,618 per year for residents, $33,298 per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Requirements: ACT or SAT scores; 3.5 GPA; high school courses in English, math, lab science, social studies, foreign language, fine arts and computers
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 34,795 students (26,733 undergraduate)

Psychology Master's Degree Programs in SC

Francis Marion University

Situated seven miles from Florence, SC, Francis Marion University offers an M.S. in Applied Psychology with a clinical counseling concentration. This concentration requires the completion of 51 hours of psychology coursework, including a practicum. Although the university doesn't offer a terminal master's degree program in school psychology, you have the option of pursuing a Specialist in School Psychology degree. Graduates are prepared to apply for licensure in SC as Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Psychoeducational Specialists.

  • Program Name: Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Psychology
  • Specializations: Clinical/counseling, school psychology
  • Program Length: 2.5-3 years (clinical/counseling); 3 years (school psychology)
  • Tuition and Fees: $11,388 per year for residents, $22,000 per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; coursework in psychology and behavioral statistics
  • Requirements: Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 3,940 students (3,482 undergraduate)

University of South Carolina - Aiken

The University of South Carolina's Aiken campus is 55 miles from Columbia and offers an M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree program. You must complete 51 hours of psychology courses in learning and behavior, research methods, counseling practices and ethics. You will also be required to obtain 700 hours of clinical experience and present a master's thesis. Some of your clinical training may occur at the Aiken Psychology Clinic, located in the university's psychology department.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
  • Program Length: 2-3 years (full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $14,012 per year for residents, $29,558 per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, 15 hours of psychology courses
  • Requirements: GRE scores, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 3,699 students (3,344 undergraduate)

Psychology Doctorate Programs in SC

Clemson University

Human factors psychology is the study of the interaction between people and technology and how human behavior is affected by the design and functionality of devices and equipment. The industrial-organizational program focuses on the study of psychological issues in the workplace. Both programs require extensive research and the presentation of a dissertation. The university operates an extensive research laboratory with simulators that re-create stressful situations people may experience in airplanes, cars and work environments.

  • Program Name: Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology or Human Factors Psychology
  • Program Length: Five years (without bachelor's degree), 3-4 years (with master's degree)
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,602 per year for residents, $20,992 per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's or master's degree in psychology or related field or 15 hours of psychology courses
  • Requirements: GRE scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 24,951 students (19,669 undergraduate)

University of South Carolina - Columbia

The University of Columbia offers three doctoral degree programs through the psychology department. In the clinical-community and school psychology programs, you will be required to complete a pre-doctoral internship and dissertation, in addition to approximately 88-92 credit hours of coursework. The experimental psychology degree program requires the completion of only 60 credits and does not necessitate an internship. By joining the department's Psychology Graduate Student Association, you can network with other graduate students, share your ideas about department curriculum and receive help with research projects.

  • Program Name: Ph.D. in Clinical-Community, Experimental or School Psychology
  • Research Areas: Behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology
  • Program Length: 5-7 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $14,050 per year for residents, $29,596per year for nonresidents (for 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree
  • Requirements: GRE scores, letters of recommendation, current immunizations, health insurance
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 34,795 students (26,733 undergraduate)

Prospective students can work towards their bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degrees in psychology and specialized sub-fields at several public schools throughout South Carolina.