Unlock Your Psychology Career Potential: Compare the Best Psychology Degree Programs in Kentucky for 2023


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Psychology Degree Programs in Kentucky

Find and compare the best psychology degree programs by state.


Number of Schools

In Kentucky, there are 25 4-year schools that offer psychology degrees


Number of Programs

With 25 schools offering psychology programs, the total number of programs offered in Kentucky is 123


Number of Graduates

The 123 psychology programs in Kentucky produced 4,572 psychology graduates in 2021

Psychology Degree Programs in Kentucky

Kentucky Psychology Degrees Programs

Top (10) Psychology Programs in Kentucky

University of Kentucky

2021 Psychology Graduates: 759
Average Cost to Attend: $30,327
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $19,635
Average Net Price: $20,043
Average Admitted: 94%
Average Enrolled: 23%
Average Graduation Rate: 68%
Student / Faculty: 16 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 52%
Kentucky Ranking: #1
National Ranking: #244

Centre College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 73
Average Cost to Attend: $60,700
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,321
Average Net Price: $22,470
Average Admitted: 68%
Average Enrolled: 22%
Average Graduation Rate: 86%
Student / Faculty: 9 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 97%
Kentucky Ranking: #2
National Ranking: #115

Western Kentucky University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 403
Average Cost to Attend: $24,815
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $12,578
Average Net Price: $12,395
Average Admitted: 98%
Average Enrolled: 40%
Average Graduation Rate: 58%
Student / Faculty: 18 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 68%
Kentucky Ranking: #3
National Ranking: #223

University of Louisville

2021 Psychology Graduates: 530
Average Cost to Attend: $30,008
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $13,904
Average Net Price: $18,582
Average Admitted: 75%
Average Enrolled: 23%
Average Graduation Rate: 62%
Student / Faculty: 13 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 41%
Kentucky Ranking: #4
National Ranking: #303

Northern Kentucky University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 289
Average Cost to Attend: $24,762
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $9,623
Average Net Price: $7,443
Average Admitted: 80%
Average Enrolled: 32%
Average Graduation Rate: 50%
Student / Faculty: 17 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 55%
Kentucky Ranking: #5
National Ranking: #368

Eastern Kentucky University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 378
Average Cost to Attend: $21,662
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $9,351
Average Net Price: $14,271
Average Admitted: 98%
Average Enrolled: 35%
Average Graduation Rate: 52%
Student / Faculty: 15 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 55%
Kentucky Ranking: #6
National Ranking: #449

Murray State University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 105
Average Cost to Attend: $23,498
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $7,273
Average Net Price: $11,237
Average Admitted: 85%
Average Enrolled: 18%
Average Graduation Rate: 56%
Student / Faculty: 16 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 79%
Kentucky Ranking: #7
National Ranking: #584

Georgetown College

2021 Psychology Graduates: 21
Average Cost to Attend: $54,684
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $1,080
Average Net Price: $15,028
Average Admitted: 75%
Average Enrolled: 23%
Average Graduation Rate: 56%
Student / Faculty: 13 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 56%
Kentucky Ranking: #8
National Ranking: #547

Transylvania University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 21
Average Cost to Attend: $56,350
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $951
Average Net Price: $26,271
Average Admitted: 92%
Average Enrolled: 19%
Average Graduation Rate: 73%
Student / Faculty: 10 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 73%
Kentucky Ranking: #9
National Ranking: #339

Morehead State University

2021 Psychology Graduates: 82
Average Cost to Attend: $22,734
Average Amount Grant / Scholarship: $6,964
Average Net Price: $10,471
Average Admitted: 90%
Average Enrolled: 19%
Average Graduation Rate: 45%
Student / Faculty: 15 / 1
Full-Time Instructors: 76%
Kentucky Ranking: #10
National Ranking: #872

Psychology Programs Offered in Kentucky

There are 123 undergraduate psychology programs offered by 25 different 4-year colleges, comprising 8 public and 17 private schools.

Additionally, psychology programs in Kentucky produced 2,085 bachelor’s graduates, 2,168 master’s graduates and 170 doctorate graduates.

The table below details the programs offered and the total number of graduates in Kentucky.

Psychology GraduatesBSMAPMCPhD
Behavioral Neuroscience27
Clinical Psychology6355
Counseling and Applied Psychology6654474
Counseling Psychology652512
Educational Psychology111
Experimental Psychology125
Forensic Psychology2
General Psychology1,29025
Industrial Organizational Psychology30
Marriage and Family Therapy32
Mental Health Counseling19
Research Psychology105125
School Psychology136
Social Work65176412
Sport Psychology6
Total Graduates2,0852,1684170
US Department of Education

Credits Accepted for Kentucky Schools

The types of academic credits available to Kentucky students are varied and include:

  • Dual enrollment
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits

Psychology Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation in Kentucky

On average, Kentucky schools admitted 77% of students who applied to 4-year institutions. Of those who were offered admission, 26% enrolled.

The average freshman retention rate for Kentucky schools is 70%, compared to 71% for all universities nationwide.

The overall graduation rate for 4-year colleges and universities in Kentucky is 53%, compared to 56% for all universities nationwide.

The top three schools in Kentucky for highest graduation rate are Centre College (86%), Transylvania University (73%), and University of Kentucky (68%).

The top three schools with the highest number of psychology graduates in Kentucky are University of Kentucky (759), University of the Cumberlands (586), and University of Louisville (530).

1st Year Return70%71%
US Department of Education

Student & Faculty Information in Kentucky

In the fall of 2021, Kentucky schools that offered psychology programs had an average of 74% full-time instructional or research faculty members and 25% part-time instructional faculty members.

The average student-to-faculty ratio for Kentucky schools offering psychology programs is 14:1.

The table below shows a comparison of the percentage of full-time instructional and research faculty members and the student-to-faculty ratio between Kentucky and the United States as a whole:

Full-Time Instructional59%56%
Full-Time Research9%6%
Part-Time Instructional25%35%
Student Faculty Ratio14:115:1
US Department of Education

Tuition and Student Expenses in Kentucky

If you’re an undergraduate psychology student in Kentucky, the average tuition you’ll pay depends on the institution you choose. Typically, tuition costs range from $7,700 to $40,210 per year, with an average of $20,494. In addition to tuition, you’ll also need to budget for books and supplies, which can cost between $500 and $3,000 annually, with an average of $1,234.

The three most affordable undergraduate psychology schools in Kentucky are Morehead State University ($22,734), Murray State University ($23,498), and Northern Kentucky University ($24,762). Meanwhile, the three most expensive institutions are the Georgetown College ($54,684), Spalding University ($42,900), and Brescia University ($41,304).

As for prospective graduate psychology students, the average cost of tuition and fees for graduate programs varies widely based on the school and program chosen. Graduate tuition costs between $4,950 and $15,500 per year, with an average of $10,000. However, most graduate programs also require additional fees, such as application fees, technology fees, and library fees, which can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. In-state graduate fees typically range from $50 to $1,380, with an average of $549.

The three most affordable graduate psychology schools in Kentucky are Kentucky Christian University ($5,200), Midway University ($7,464), and Union College ($8,210). Meanwhile, the three most expensive graduate programs are Brescia University ($16,200), University of Louisville ($13,725), and University of Kentucky ($13,674).

If you’re curious about how Kentucky schools stack up against national averages, you can compare average total expenses in the table below. Note that these figures don’t take into account financial aid, grants, loans, or scholarships. If you’re interested in that information, you can find it in the sections below.

Average Expenses for Psychology SchoolsKentuckyU.S.
On Campus Room & Board$9,571$11,729
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,193$3,474
Total Living Expenses$13,764$15,203
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$20,494$21,301
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,234$1,254
Total Undergraduate Expenses$35,492$37,758
In-State, Graduate Tuition$10,000$14,479
In-State, Graduate Fees$549$1,155
Total Graduate Expenses$10,549$15,634
US Department of Education

Cost to Attend, Financial Aid, Net Price in Kentucky

Average Net Price

In Kentucky, the cost to attend a college or university that offers psychology programs is a significant financial investment. The key term to know for college affordability is the net price.

The average net price for a college or university in Kentucky that offers psychology programs is $17,031. This figure is calculated based on the most recent data provided by each institution to the US Department of Education.

Net price is determined by adding up the costs of tuition, room and board, living expenses, books, and supplies and then subtracting the average financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, and loans, received by federal financial aid recipients.

Cost to Attend$35,492$37,758
Average Financial Aid$18,595$13,984
Percent Receiving Aid99%90%
Net Price$17,031$17,524
US Department of Education

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Kentucky universities shown by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$9,949$9,296
$30,001 – $48,000$10,810$10,419
$48,001 – $75,000$13,759$12,665
$75,001 – $110,000$16,338$15,566
$110,001 and more$17,038$16,999
US Department of Education

Additional Top Ranked Psychology Degree Programs in Kentucky

Find information on each school’s ranking, number of graduates, net price, and graduation rate along with a link the school’s full 2023 report.

RankSchool# of GraduatesNet PriceGraduation
#11Asbury University34$23,60465%
#12University of the Cumberlands586$13,63148%
#13Bellarmine University62$23,78465%
#14Union College25$15,69037%
#15Midway University22$22,82558%
#16Brescia University102$13,79650%
#17Kentucky Christian University22$23,02736%
#18Spalding University190$24,82242%
#19University of Pikeville22$13,98733%
#20Lindsey Wilson College454$16,31640%
#21Campbellsville University322$23,07437%
US Department of Education

Psychology Salary Reports for Kentucky

We use annual surveys of 100,000 psychologists to compile data on salary, employment projections, cost-of-living adjustments, comparisons to related professions, salary based on years of experience, and rankings by city.