Michigan: How to Earn a Psychology Doctorate Degree
The journey to your psychology license is a long one, but one that an intelligent, dedicated student can complete. With several schools to choose from, Michigan is as good a place as any to get started on the first step of that journey. Here’s what you need to know.
- Michigan is home to forty seven schools offering psychology degree programs, including both not-for-profit colleges and universities.
- Eleven schools in Michigan offer associate’s degrees, thirty eight offer bachelor’s degree programs, and sixteen offer master’s or other advanced degree programs.
- Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges, 2017, ranks Michigan State University at #38 in-state and #73 out-of-state. The same list ranks University of Michiigan considerably higher at #5 in-state and #13 out-of-state.
- Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors, 2018, includes Albion College, and University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
- University of Michiigan – Ann Arbor has the highest graduation rate, at 91%, while Wayne State University holds the highest transfer-out rate in the state, at 38%.
- The highest net price school goes to Kalamaoo College at $27,958, while the lowest goes to Lake Superior State College, at $11,030.
Top PsyD Degree Programs in Michigan
#1 Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Michigan State University offers two Bachelor’s degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Bachelor of Arts, or BA, is usually recommended for people who are concerned with the humanities side of psychology. Writing, history, and so on. Bachelor of Science, or BS, is geared towards more technical, scientific and mathematical aspects of psychology, although there is considerable overlap between the two.
In any event, psychology majors will generally choose between a number of specializations, requiring anywhere from fifteen to twenty credits. These specializations may cover cognitive science, bioethics, and women’s studies. The school hosts an Honors Program for psychology majors, and offers a number of opportunities for internship and real work experience.
#2 Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)
Central Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology program at a number of locations throughout the state. The program is a foundational approach to psychology, teaching core courses including lifespan development, close relationships, marriage, and parent-child psychology. Elective classes available to psychology majors include group dynamics, stress, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.
The school is known for its many on-campus communities and societies, including a branch of Psi Chi, as well as the Industrial Organizational Psychology Association, the Multicultural Psychology Student Society, and the Clinical Student Association
#3 Michigan School of Professional Psychology (Farmington Hills, MI)
The Michigan School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts program to graduate students across a forty seven credit plan. The program uses the cohort structure, meaning that students function as a single unit through their academic career at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Courses include psychotherapy for children, identity, family transactions, scientific and professional ethics, and foundations of psychopathology. Qualifying candidates are expected to have a 2.5 GPA or better. For those who do not hold bachelor’s degrees in psychology, the school offers a three-course program to be allowed admittance to the MA program.
How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in Michigan
Earning your bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology is only the first major hurdle that you will have to jump on the way towards your clinical psychology license. A doctorate program may take four to five years or longer. The full journey, from your first application to attaining your license, will take the better part of a decade, but if you have a legitimate passion for psychology, then it’s worth the trip.
In any event, once you have your doctorate, it’s time to test for your license.
- First you need to gain your Doctoral Educational Limited License. This will allow you to continue to gain work experience in the field in order to meet your 2,000 mandatory hours of post-degree training. Send your transcripts and a payment of $93.60. You can renew this degree five times, once a year.
- Put in your hours, and have your supervisor fill out the appropriate forms.
- Apply to test for your license. All licenses use the same general form so make sure to fill it out properly. Send this to the board with proof of your 2,000 hours and all the appropriate paperwork. The application fee is $156. Apply for the EPPP, and score at least 500 if you want to pass. You will need to email the board for more information on when, where and how to take the EPPP, as many aspects are subject to change, or may vary from applicant to applicant.
- Attain your license. Assuming you’ve passed all previous steps, your license should be in the mail.
Michigan Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook
Michigan may have more psychology students than practicing psychologists, with 2,320 clinical, counseling and school psychologists in the state making a median of $82,570 a year, and only around a thousand total in other areas, making $87,790 for teachers, and $83,930 for other employed psychologists. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists are expected to see a boom over the next decade by about 13.5%, with other areas following close behind.