New Mexico: How to Earn a Psychology Doctorate Degree
In the guide below, we will cover what you need to know to get started towards a Psychology doctorate in New Mexico. This will be as comprehensive an overview as possible, but merely an overview. For further information, you will want to contact the schools that interest you and see what steps you need to take from there. With that being said, let’s go over what you need to know to get started.
- New Mexico is home to fourteen schools offering psychology degree programs, including both not-for-profit colleges, and universities.
- Seven of these schools offer an associate’s in psychology, seven offer a bachelor’s degree, and six offer a master’s or advanced degree.
- New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges, 2017, at #21 in-state, and #14 out-of-state.
- New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology holds the highest graduation rate, at 49%.
- University of the Southwest holds the highest transfer-out rate, at 38%.
- University of the Southwest has the highest net price, at $18,063, while NM Highlands University holds the lowest, at $9,783.
Top Psychology Degree Programs in New Mexico
Some of the best psychology programs available in New Mexico can be found at the schools listed below.
#1 Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, NM)
Eastern New Mexico University offers programs for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. These courses will prepare students to pursue graduate program with topics beginning with intro to psychology, and including social psychology, experimental psychology and abnormal psychology.
These programs will have majors completing 28 credits across these core requirements, and will also coer developmental psychology, theoretical foundations, learning and cognitive psychology, and three elective courses for total completion.
#2 University of the Southwest (Hobbs, NM)
The University of the Southwest offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology that will have students declaring a focus in one of a few areas: Psychology, Family Studies in Psychology, and Forensic Psychology. The first of these choices will probably be the one you choose for PsyD, but a Family Studies or Forensic degree can help any psychologist who hopes to specialize in their career. These specializations will prepare students to eventually take on a doctorate program at another school.
There is a strong focus on critical thinking skills and communication in this programs, making for psychologists who are not just academically trained, but have developed the instincts that take years of fieldwork in the wild. Courses offered through the program will include Learning and Behavior Modification, Writing in Psychology, History of Psychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience.
#3 New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
New Mexico State University has a program for a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology which will allow students to specialize in either biopsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, engineering psychology, or cognitive psychology. This is a thirty six credit program covering fifteen psychology credits and fifteen graduate credits.
Students will complete a major project during the first year of study, with a mandatory thesis, and will be encouraged to assist members of the faculty in cognitive psychology, engineering psychology and social psychology research. Although NMSU does not offer a PsyD program, many future psychologists make a point of earning their MA here because of the research and experimentation in which they will be allowed to participate.
How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in New Mexico
You will need to start your journey to your psychologist license with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology. You can start a doctorate program from either of these jumping off points. You do not necessarily need to hold a bachelor’s in psychology before pursuing a master’s in psychology, but it helps. A stand-alone master’s can be a major headstart towards your doctorate, but is not necessary, as your doctoral program can cover everything that would have been learned through a master’s program.
Although none of the schools listed above offer doctorate programs, New Mexico has a master’s level psychology license which will allow you to practice psychology without a doctorate. Of course, a doctorate will open up a wider range of options.
A doctorate program will typically take between four and seven years, and will cover a year long internship. Once you have attained your doctorate, it’s time to apply and test for your license:
- You will need to turn in you application with a $125 application fee, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of reference, and a background check ($44). You will also need to pass the Board’s jurisprudence exam ($75 fee). New Mexico participates in the PLUS program, or Psychology Licensure Universal SYstem, which you can apply to with a $300 fee.
- If you do not yet have two years of supervised professional experience, or 3,000 hours, you will need to complete this before passing on to your licensing exam. You only need one year if you have passed an internship, two years if you have not, and you scan skip this step if you passed a one year APA-approved internship.
- Pass the New Mexico psychology licensing EPPP, a 225 question multiple choice test ($687.50 fee), with a scaled score of 500 or better.
- Apply for full licensure. After you’ve passed your tests and earned all your qualifications, you’ll still need to apply for full licensure by having your pre and postdoctoral supervisors complete a Verification of Experience form for you, and earn the approval of the board.
- Receive your license. You are now ready to start practicing without supervision.
New Mexico Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook
Clinical, counseling and school psychologists in New Mexico earn a median annual salary of $70,990 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with postsecondary teachers earning around $90,750. The industry is smaller in NM than many other states, with only 1,150 employed in clinical, counseling and school roles. A ten year industry growth of 8.4% is expected by 2026. New Mexico needs psychologists, and it shouldn’t be difficult to find work for licensed practitioners in this state.