New Hampshire, with a population of roughly 1.3 million residents, may be one of the smallest states in the country, but educational opportunities at psychology colleges in New Hampshire are impressive. Psychology degrees are popular in New Hampshire, where 108,986 bachelor's degrees were conferred in the field in the 2011-2012 academic year, and 43 master's degrees were awarded in the subject in 2012-2013.
|Region||Career||Total Employment||Annual Median Wage|
|Manchester, NH||Mental Health Counselors|
|Manchester, NH||Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||100||$77,250|
|Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division||Mental Health Counselors|
|Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division||Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||80||$68,960|
|Portsmouth, NH-ME||Mental Health Counselors|
Students who are interested in a degree in psychology will find an outstanding number of school and degree options in New Hampshire. The state boasts 32 colleges and universities which were approved to operate in New Hampshire during the academic year 2015-2016 and is home to Ivy League-associated Dartmouth College, counted as one of the first nine "Colonial Colleges" established before the Revolutionary War.
New Hampshire psychology licensing requirements
The educational requirement to become a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire is earning a doctoral degree from a college or university that is regionally accredited and includes a graduate program, or its substantial equivalent in subject matter and extent of training. Also:
- Two years of satisfactory, supervised experience in the field of psychology is required by the state in order to receive a certification in psychology
- An examination in psychology, such as the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (AATBS); the EPPP pass rate for participants has been consistently around 90 percent, and, according to the AATBS, test-takers' scores are directly related to their level of preparation
To practice psychology in the state of New Hampshire, applicants must have a license that is granted by the State of New Hampshire Board of Psychologists. Forms used to apply for the license may be found on the board's website, and a fee, which will be established by the board, will be required and will be collected by the Board of Mental Health Practice.
- Licenses in New Hampshire are valid for two years, at which time they must be renewed.
- Licensees will be informed by the board of the date of expiration of their licenses and the amount of the fee required for its renewal for another two years. This notice will be mailed at least two months before the date of expiration.
- The conditions of renewal include a timely and complete filing of the renewal application and the payment of a fee established by the board. The renewal procedure also includes continuing education requirements as well as collaboration prerequisites.
At psychology colleges in New Hampshire, the certificate for Associated School Psychologist is now known as the School Psychologist certificate, which can be acquired for a small fee. The state also offers other avenues to confirmation for those who have a certification and experience in other states.
New Hampshire also has the Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (SAIF) credential. Individuals with a master's degree and state certification in education, counseling, school psychology, speech, language, occupational therapy, or physical therapy and who have completed an SAIF training program can obtain this certification.
Featured psychology schools in New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire
According to Forbes magazine, the University of New Hampshire, with a student population of 14,913, was 195th on the list of America's Best Value Colleges for this academic year. The school was also chosen as the 53rd best value among public colleges, 99th among research universities, and 86th in the Northeast. UNH was founded in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Today UNC, a liberal arts institution, is a space-grant and sea-grant university, located on three different and beautiful campuses. Psychology took first place on the list of the school's top ten majors. The psychology program at UNH introduces students to the science of the behavior of humans and animals.
- Department: Department of Psychology, the Bachelor of Arts Degree or the Bachelor of Science Degree
- Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, Manchester, and Concord, New Hampshire
- Online options: UNH offers online courses in the field of psychology
Antioch University was ranked by the Conscious Company magazine, in its May/June 2016 issue, in the Top 15 Affordable Sustainable MBA Programs in the country and one of the Top 5 east of the Mississippi. The magazine called the school "small, intimate, and the most affordable on [the] list." On the school's website, readers are informed that the university offers a "transformative" educational experience for students who are passionate" and who want to make a difference. The Applied Psychology programs blend theory with practice, and the school is known for graduating some of the best mental health professionals in New England and nationwide. Degrees are also offered in Clinical Psychology.
Dartmouth College was founded in 1769 and remains on the list of top academic institutions in the world. With approximately 4,200 undergraduate students and roughly 2,000 graduate students, the school has over 40 departments and programs along with graduate school degrees in Arts and Sciences, business, medicine, and engineering. Psychology was among the top majors in the class of 2014 with a department that includes studies in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Psychology, both of which offer undergraduate and graduate degrees.
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