How to Find a Psychology Program in Texas

One of the key things to look for in any psychology program is accreditation. This lets you know that the program has met specific criteria meant to ensure the quality of your education. Also look at basics like tuition cost, which degrees are offered, whether the program is online or in-person, whether or not there are specialty programs of interest, and reviews.

Psychology Degree Pathways in Texas

There are several psychology degree types in Texas. Normally, an associate’s degree in psychology takes two years, a bachelor’s takes four, and a master’s takes another two years. While an associate’s degree can be a great place to start, most careers in the psychology field will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and many more require a graduate degree such as a master’s.

A doctorate degree in psychology, such as a Ph.D. or PsyD, can take between four and seven years. You will need a doctorate if you wish to become a licensed psychologist.

Choose a Psychology Specialty

There are seemingly infinite psychology specialties. You can be a school psychologist, an engineering psychologist, a general psychologist, and many more. Some psychology programs have tracks that focus on these and other specialties, while others are more general.

If you wish to specialize in a particular area of psychology, searching out programs that offer these concentrations is a good idea. Most programs at the master’s level and beyond include specialization options, but some bachelor’s degree programs offer concentrations as well.


To be accredited, psychology programs must meet or exceed the standards set by the accrediting body. This basically guarantees that the education will be worthwhile – if the accrediting body itself is reputable. Diplomas from such programs are worth more because they are respected by employers. Texas’ licensing board also requires applicants to have taken an accredited doctoral program.

In Texas, the main accrediting bodies for the doctoral level are the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Online vs. Traditional Psychology Programs in Texas

There are online programs that not only have accreditation but are offered by big-name universities. However, you should check each one to be sure, because not all online programs are reputable.

Traditional programs require you to physically attend classes. Checking accreditation is also important with these, but such programs are more likely to have it.

Convenience is usually the biggest selling point with online programs, while social interaction and a more personal learning experience are a draw for traditional ones.

Becoming Licensed As a Psychologist in Texas

Getting a license as a full-fledged psychologist requires getting a doctorate degree from a program accredited by an agency such as the APA. Prior to earning that degree, though, you must first work at least 1,750 hours in a formal, supervised internship.

After this, you can apply for a provisional license. This license lets you work another 1,750 supervised hours (for a total of 3,500 supervised work hours), which you will need to do before you get your full license. These hours must be documented.

Once you do all of this, you are eligible to take the two required licensing exams. If you pass, and you’ve met all of the other requirements, request your license and submit a fee. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has more information on licensing requirements.

List of Psychology Degree Programs in Texas

Are you looking for a psychology degree program in Texas? Browse our list of psychology programs offering both online and on-campus instruction. Follow the links to learn more about what each school’s psychology program offers.

Arlington, TX

701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-2011

Austin, TX

Associate Programs
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-7000

3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704-6489
(512) 448-8400

1912 Speedway, Stop D5000
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-4161

College Station, TX

JKW Administration Building, Suite 200
College Station, TX 77843-1248
(979) 845-3211

Commerce, TX

2200 Campbell Stree
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(888) 868-2682

Dallas, TX

Bachelor's ProgramsMaster's ProgramsPhD Programs
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000

Bachelor's Programs
7300 University Hills Drive
Dallas, TX 75241
(972) 780-3600

Denton, TX

Edinburg, TX

1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-2011

El Paso, TX

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

Fort Worth, TX

Bachelor's ProgramsMaster's ProgramsPhD Programs
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000

Houston, TX

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1002
(281) 283-7600

1 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000

Huntsville, TX

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 294-1111

Laredo, TX

5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
(956) 326-2001

Lubbock, TX

Nacogdoches, TX

Bachelor's ProgramsMaster's ProgramsGraduate Certificate ProgramsPhD Programs
2008 Alumni Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 468-2011

Odessa, TX

Prairie View, TX

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, TX 77446
(936) 261-3311

Richardson, TX

San Antonio, TX

Bachelor's ProgramsMaster's ProgramsPhD ProgramsGraduate Certificate Programs
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
(210) 458-4011

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000

San Marcos, TX

Bachelor's ProgramsMaster's Programs
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-2111

Stephenville, TX

1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
(254) 968-9000

Tyler, TX

Victoria, TX

Waco, TX

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