Psychology Programs in Indiana
Psychologists pursue different types of doctoral degrees depending on their chosen career paths—typically Ph.D.s for research and academia and Psy.D.s for clinical work treating patients. Indiana stands out for its two-tiered licensing process, which recognizes that some psychologists want to treat patients and others do not. It’s also home to some of the most prestigious schools in the Midwest and in the country—including Notre Dame, Taylor, and Butler. These psychology schools in Indiana are connected to university hospitals and research facilities offering impressive internships and career placements.
How to Become a Psychologist in Indiana
To become a psychologist in Indiana, you have to fulfill all the educational requirements and also satisfy the standards of the state’s licensing board.
In order to earn the title of “psychologist,” you must successfully complete a doctoral program.
You’ll have to earn a bachelor’s degree to be admitted into any doctoral program. Many, however, don’t require you to have a master’s degree. Some do, and other specialty doctoral programs issue both master’s degrees and doctorates as part of the same program. Even if a doctoral program doesn’t require you to earn a master’s, doing so can help prepare you for the steep academic challenges associated with advanced graduate work.
A master’s can also help you decide on a specialization. The American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes at least 20 academic specialties and proficiencies. Among the most popular are clinical psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, and clinical neuropsychology.
Indiana Psychology Licensing and Exams
Even after you earn a doctoral degree, you won’t be qualified to work as a psychologist in the state of Indiana. To do that—even if you don’t want to be a practicing clinician—you’ll have to first earn a license.
The Indiana State Psychology Board is the governing body that awards licenses. You can earn a psychologist license, which by itself is for psychologists who don’t work with patients in clinical settings. There’s also the much more restricted and interim limited scope temporary psychology permit. If you want to diagnose and treat patients, however, you’ll have to earn an endorsement as a health service provider in psychology after you’re awarded a standard license.
To receive that credential, you’ll have to complete a doctoral program and an approved 1,500-hour internship. You also must complete 1,600 hours of approved post-doctoral supervised experience. The supervised experience has to last for at least one year and include at least 900 hours of face-to-face client contact.
You’ll also have to take and pass two tests. The first is the two-part, 225-question Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. The EPPP costs $600. Next, you’ll have to pass the Indiana state jurisprudence exam, which deals more directly with laws, regulations, and ethical standards unique to the state.
The application fee is $100 for the license application and another $100 to apply for the health service provider in psychology endorsement. You will also need to submit to a criminal background check.
Once you earn a license, you must complete at least 40 hours of continuing education every two years to keep your license in good standing.
Psychology Specializations in Indiana That Do Not Require a Doctorate
Only a doctorate earns you the title of “psychologist,” but you can work in other areas of psychology in Indiana with a lesser degree like a master’s or even a bachelor’s degree. Here, too, however, you must earn a license—your education alone does not qualify you to work in the field treating patients. Just like psychologists, professionals in these specialties within the field of psychology have to pass exams and, in most cases, complete a set number of hours of approved supervised experience. These specialties have their own licensing boards, all of which operate under the Indiana state Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.
Job Growth and Psychologist Salary in Indiana
The salary you can expect to earn has a lot to do with your chosen specialty. Here’s a look at median salaries across several of the most popular psychology careers, as well as job growth projections for each.
JOB GROWTH AND SALARIES FOR PSYCHOLOGY JOBS IN INDIANA
|Career||Indiana Median Annual Salary |
|Median Salary Per Hour||% Expected Job Growth (2016 to 2026)|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||$63,540||$30.55||+15%|
|Other Specialties in Psychology|
|Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors||$49,210||$23.66||+11%|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker||$69,370||$33.35||+10%|
|Marriage and Family Therapist||$43,600||$20.96||+24%|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselor||$41,490||$19.95||no available data|
All data from CareerOneStop
Indiana Psychology Spotlight Programs
The following schools offer some of the most interesting, most unique, and most popular psychology programs in Indiana.
Indiana University (Bloomington)
Undergraduate students can earn a B.A. or a B.S. in psychology at Indiana University. The B.S. is available online. The university offers a Ph.D. program with seven different specializations, but all are delivered in an interdisciplinary format. All graduate students receive generous financial support for the entirety of their program, including full tuition remission. For undergraduates, in-state tuition is $10,948 per year and $36,512 for non-residents.
Purdue University (West Lafayette)
Purdue University offers two undergraduate degrees: psychological sciences and brain and behavioral sciences. Both are 120-credit programs that include 14 psychology courses. Graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in one of six different areas of concentration, each of which culminates in a doctoral degree in psychological sciences. Although there is a master’s certificate program, the school does not have a program that terminates in a psychology master’s degree. Undergraduate tuition is $9,992 per year for Indiana residents and $28,794 for non-residents. For graduate students, it’s $4,603.90 for in-state and $9,401 for non-residents.
Butler University (Indianapolis)
Butler University doesn’t offer any psychology graduate programs, but undergrads can pursue a 39-credit psychology major or a 21-credit minor. The school also has a unique combined major that pairs a psychology concentration with roughly equivalent coursework in a second special area of study such as criminology, philosophy, or anthropology. Tuition is $42,410 per year.
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame)
Undergraduate students at Notre Dame can earn a B.A. in psychology or their choice of a B.A. or B.S. in neuroscience and behavior. Graduate students can earn doctoral degrees in one of four areas of concentration: clinical science; developmental; quantitative; and cognition, brain, and behavior. Grad students also have the opportunity to earn a joint doctorate that blends psychology with peace studies or computer science and engineering. Undergraduate tuition is $55,553 per year, and graduate tuition is $54,908.
Taylor University (Upland)
Taylor University offers both a B.A. and a B.S. in psychology, as well as a B.A. in psychology pre-med and a psychology minor. Each program is delivered with a focus on the Christian perspective as it pertains to psychology. All psychology majors will work with faculty in completing an advanced research project or practicum. Full-time tuition is $36,270 per year, and the school offers several merit-based and need-based aid packages.
Undergraduate students at DePauw can pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology or neuroscience, as well as a minor in psychology. Both of the majors place a heavy focus on scientific writing, and both programs culminate with a significant capstone project such as an empirical thesis or research project. With both paths, students will work closely with faculty and staff in planning for their careers, internships, or ascension to grad school. Tuition is $51,736 per year.
University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
The undergraduate psychology degree program at the University of Indianapolis is available with concentrations in clinical or counseling studies. If you are interested in graduate school, you can pursue a psychology degree with an occupational therapy (OT) major. This program allows you to take graduate courses in your fourth year that count toward both your undergraduate degree and your OT doctorate. The school also offers an accelerated B.A./M.A. 4+1 program where you can complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. Graduate students can pursue an M.A. in psychology (non-licensable) or an M.A. in mental health counseling (licensable). A Psy.D. is offered in psychology. Undergraduate tuition is $30,888 per year. Graduate tuition is $636–$650 per credit for the M.A. programs and $972 for the Psy.D. program.
Indiana Psychology Scholarships
Separate from financial aid and student loans, scholarships are awards that can help offset the cost of education. Some are merit-based, others are need-based. Some are designed for certain demographics like women, African-Americans, or first-generation college students. For more information, visit our general scholarship page, which profiles scholarships from different states and for learners from diverse backgrounds.
Many individual schools in Indiana have their own scholarship programs, including:
Some outside organizations not affiliated with a particular school also provide scholarships of their own, including:
Indiana Internships and Fellowships
Fellowships and internships are placements or supervised positions that often come with stipends, salaries, or other financial incentives. They’re generally open only to graduate students, who in many cases are pursuing heavy academic workloads that makes traditional employment impossible.
Many individual schools have their own internship and/or fellowship programs, including:
Just as with scholarships, some organizations that aren’t affiliated with schools offer fellowship and internship opportunities. They include:
It’s also important to use resources like Chegg Internships, LinkedIn, Indeed, and other job sites to learn about all the psychology internships, fellowships, and scholarships that are available in the state.
Indiana Psychology Resources
Whether you’re a psychology student or a practicing professional, these organizations offer information, resources, and networking and research opportunities to help you.