Cognitive psychologists work with people who have problems related to cognition, which includes memory, perception, attention, and language processing. Patients with attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities, brain trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease may find that their mental health professional is a cognitive psychologist. These psychologists also work in research, medical, and university settings.

On your journey to becoming a cognitive psychologist, it is important to choose accredited degree programs. Always check to make sure a program has this qualification since not all programs are properly qualified – even at some state-level universities. Accreditation is typically provided by the American Psychological Association and is required by most employers and licensing boards.

Choosing the Right Online Cognitive Psychology Degree Program

Which online degree is right for you depends on your career goals. A license is required to be a clinical practitioner, but many positions in this field do not call for licensing. You can work in research positions without licensing, and many non-doctoral positions exist in medical or even mental health facilities.

Bachelor’s Degree

There is no specialist degree at this level. Instead, most will get their bachelor’s in (general) psychology. The coursework will be heavy on psychology classes, but a few math, English, and history classes will be peppered into the mix. It usually takes four years to get this degree online.

Master’s Degree

Specialization begins at this level, and it is also possible to get cognitive psychology-specific careers at this point. Research work, certain teaching positions, and some clinical positions are available to master’s degree holders. A doctorate-level professional will typically supervise the team or facility. Getting this degree online can take as little as two years beyond your bachelor’s, so it’s a fairly quick step up.

Doctorate Degree

This is required to become licensed as a clinical psychologist. Licensure lets you work on your own, or be the boss over a team of other practitioners. The amount of credit hours for a doctorate isn’t very arduous, but there are other requirements for earning a doctorate. A specified number of practicum hours, as well as a dissertation, are common to these programs. The number of practicum hours depends on the university as well as the state it is in. Since you’ll be studying in an online format, you’ll be performing these internship or practicum hours within your own community.

Which Cognitive Psychology Degree is Right for Me?

Bachelor’s DegreeMaster’s DegreeGraduate CertificatePh.D. or PsyD
I am interested in gaining entry-level experience in cognitive psychologyx
I want to get started in my cognitive psychology career before I pursue more educationx
I want to pursue a non-patient-facing role in cognitive psychologyxx
I want to pursue or switch to a niche psychology specialtyxx
I already have a psychology degree and want to gain specialized knowledgexx
I want to conduct research in cognitive psychologyxx
I want to become a licensed psychologist and treat patientsx
I want to work in academiax

Cognitive Psychology Degree Program Curriculum

As should be expected, online courses in a cognitive psychology degree program focus on subjects related to the field. The bachelor’s degree has more of a focus on general psychology and underlying theories, and also includes several classes in unrelated subjects like history and math.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – This will usually be a general psychology degree. It takes 120 credit hours to complete and is set up so that if you take 15 credit hours each fall and spring, you’ll get it in four years. Because of this, institutions that offer it are known as “four-year” universities.
  • Master’s Degree – The specific credit requirement depends on the university, but is typically about 30. Depending on the program, a dissertation may also be required.
  • Doctorate Degree – Credit hour requirements range from 85-95, with some possible outliers, depending on the university in question. Most of the work of getting this degree comes in the form of practicum experience. You will also have to do a dissertation. How much practicum experience is involved varies widely; many schools base it on their state’s requirements for licensure. Licensure requirements range from 1,500-6,000 hours of experience.

Cognitive Psychology Degree Program Clinical Requirements

Clinical practice requirements are typically set according to what the state’s licensing board demands. This lets you get all of the needed experience to apply for a license as part of your doctorate degree study, rather than doing it separately.

States require between 1,500-6,000 hours of practicum experience, so it’s important to check with the state where you intend to practice before choosing a doctorate degree program. The experience can come in the form of an internship, externship, or other such placement.

Normally, this part of the online program will involve you being placed in a real-world clinical situation under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist in your own community. At first, you’ll only get to observe the doctor as she or he interacts with patients, and then ask questions once sessions are over. As time goes on, you’ll get to be more hands-on. Finally, you’ll be allowed to practice on your own, with the licensed doctor giving you pointers and commentary after your sessions are done.

List of Cognitive Psychology Degree Programs

Looking for an online or campus-based cognitive psychology degree program near you? Browse our state-by-state school listings below.

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7440 East Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117-3596
(334) 244-3000

PhD Programs
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0100
(205) 348-6010


1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
(520) 621-2211


150 E Tenth St
Claremont, CA 91711-6160
(909) 621-8000

Bachelor's Programs
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
(310) 825-4321

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
(858) 534-2230

PhD Programs
1156 High St
Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1011
(831) 459-0111


PhD Programs
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100
(970) 491-1101

Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309-0017
(303) 492-1411

2199 S. University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208
(303) 871-2000


Bachelor's Programs
83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226
(860) 465-5000


PhD Programs
105 The Green, Wolf Hall 108
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2271


777 Glades Rd, Administration Bldg., Room 339
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

PhD Programs
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2000

Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-3261


201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-6123

1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(678) 407-5000

33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000


North and School Streets
Normal, IL 61790-1000
(309) 438-2111

Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-4512
(618) 453-2121

PhD Programs
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 996-7000

Bachelor's Programs
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820-5711
(217) 333-1000


107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
(812) 855-4848

400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-5000


PhD Programs
1750 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2103
(515) 294-4111


PhD Programs
919 Mid-Campus Drive, Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6011


South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
(859) 257-9000


156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750
(225) 578-3202

6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118-5698
(504) 865-5000


PhD Programs
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2000

Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000


Bachelor's Programs
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-1817


Bachelor's Programs
South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1866


PhD Programs
Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-2323

118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000


Master's Programs
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
(314) 935-5000


Bachelor's Programs
Missoula, Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-0211


Master's Programs
6001 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68182-0225
(402) 554-2800


North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

New Jersey

Bachelor's Programs
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-7718
(609) 771-1855

New Mexico

PhD Programs
1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 277-0111

New York

PhD Programs
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850-6000
(607) 777-2000

PsyD Programs
West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754

310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701
(631) 632-6000

North Carolina

Graduate Certificate Programs
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000

PhD Programs
1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000


220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(418) 372-5526

501 East High St
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-1809

PhD Programs
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6446

Bachelor's Programs
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-1000


PhD Programs
1500 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-0123


3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

PhD Programs
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000

PhD Programs
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1503
(814) 865-4700

PhD Programs
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500

South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000


527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-1000

2101 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 322-7311


Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-2011

Bachelor's ProgramsPhD Programs
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
(972) 883-2111

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000


201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9008
(801) 581-7200

Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1400
(435) 797-1000


PhD Programs
1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2628
(434) 924-0311


2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-1122


Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121

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