A majority of the four year colleges in Arkansas have either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program in psychology. Several private religious colleges have counseling programs for ministerial students. For example, John Brown University has put forward a pastoral counseling degree for those earning a master’s degree in ministry; however, this does not make someone licensed to work as a counselor in Arkansas.
Counseling psychologists make between $70,000 and $90,000 a year. The pay rate depends on the industry and the area where the psychologist works. Wages are lowest around universities with doctoral programs, since psychologists are competing against the counseling centers located near the schools.
Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and John Brown University have a master’s of science in psychology programs. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is unique due to its master of arts in rehabilitation for the blind.
Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University, based in State University, Arkansas, has several four year and master’s level programs in psychology. The school has bachelor’s degrees in cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and educational psychology. The school has bachelors and masters programs in school psychology. They offer masters of professional practice psychology, mental health counseling and rehabilitation counseling.
Harding University offers a master’s degree in counseling and in mental health counseling. Henderson State University, based in Arkadelphia, offers a masters of science in community counseling psychology and school counseling.
The University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is one of the few colleges in the state to offer a doctoral program in psychology. The Fayetteville campus has doctoral programs in general psychology, rehabilitation psychology and counselor education. This is important, because Arkansas requires a doctorate in psychology to work as a counselor. Arkansas will not allow you to work as a counselor without a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school. Counseling psychology graduates must also pass the exam given by the Arkansas Psychology Board.