South Dakota Psychology Programs
(found 9 schools)

Overview

If you've ever wanted to earn a degree in a field that allows you to help people and explore different career paths, psychology may be the field of study for you. With psychology, you may get the education and skills you need to work in industries like business, counseling, mental health, and human resources. South Dakota may be the place to go if you want to work in the field of Mental Health. KSFY reports that mental health cases are on the rise in this state, leading to a strain on the state's mental health system. By getting a degree in psychology, you may be able to do your part in alleviating this strain.

The South Dakota Psychological Association may be an excellent resource for psychology students and professionals in this state. By joining, you may be able to build a network of psychology contacts and learn about the psychological community of South Dakota.

If you're ready to learn more about psychology classes and careers, start by contacting the schools that offer psychology programs in South Dakota.

Psychology Education in South Dakota

The courses you take and the amount of time you spend in school depend on which degree you choose to earn. An associate's degree may be the shortest option; this degree typically requires two years of full-time study and may lead you into a bachelor's degree down the road. A bachelor's degree in Psychology in South Dakota typically requires four years of study. After you've earned a bachelor's degree, you may earn a master's degree in about two years or a doctoral degree in about five to seven years.

Regardless of which psychology careers interest you and what specialty interests you, you may have to take the same core courses as other psychology students. Core courses often include Principles of Learning and Memory, Introduction to Research Methods, Research Methods in Experimental Psychology, and Statistics in Psychological Research. These courses may prepare you to take more specialized classes like Psychology of Human Performance, Cognitive Psychology, Applied Psychology, and Sensation & Perception.

Scholarships and grants may go a long way in making your education more affordable. The Sioux Falls Community Foundation funds awards in many different fields of study, including psychology. The South Dakota Department of Education is a good resource for state-funded financial aid. Many awards are funded by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Outlook for Psychology in South Dakota

Different psychology degree types lead to different career paths. Some careers are a good fit for those with undergraduate degrees. Social service assistants, who earn an average of $23,870 per year in South Dakota, often work for government agencies or non-profit businesses. You may also find openings in human services agencies or clinical settings.

If you complete a doctoral degree or a master's degree, you may be ready to teach at the university level. Psychology professors in South Dakota earn an average salary of $65,140 per year (BLS, 2013). Specialists in the field of clinical psychology earn an average of $65,580 per year (BLS, 2013).

A career in psychology may help you make a difference in South Dakota. Learn more now by contacting the schools with psychology programs in South Dakota you find below.