Three UHV psychology programs named Best Buys by

The affordability and accessibility of three different University of Houston-Victoria psychology degrees recently helped make those programs “Best Buys,” according to a national consumer group.

Jeffrey Di Leo

UHV’s Bachelor of Science in psychology was ranked No. 4 in’s Best Affordable Online Psychology Degrees. The ranking was based on a review of 167 national online psychology bachelor degrees.

UHV’s Master of Arts in counseling psychology was ranked No. 18 in’s 27 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Counseling. Additionally, UHV’s Master of Arts in forensic psychology was ranked No. 19 in the 27 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Psychology.

“We are proud to offer flexible, affordable degrees that prepare students for fulfilling careers in the psychology field,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. “There’s tremendous value in obtaining a UHV psychology degree, so being chosen as ‘Best Buys’ further gets that point across.”

The national average cost of a bachelor’s degree in psychology is more than $51,000. The Best Buy distinction is given to regionally accredited schools that are less expensive than the national average. Tuition for UHV’s psychology undergraduate degree is about $23,000 for Texas residents. This does not include financial aid, which often reduces actual out-of-pocket expenses.

The University of Florida topped the undergraduate psychology list, followed by Central Florida and Wyoming. UHV was the only Texas school among the 69 institutions that made the list.

UHV’s Bachelor of Science in psychology is a 120-credit-hour program that presents students with a broad knowledge base and appreciation of the history and scope of psychology. Students learn how to think critically, employ research, understand ethics issues and increase psychological understanding of themselves and others.

Rick Harrington

“These rankings highlight the cost benefit our current and future students receive through enrolling in our high-quality psychology programs,” said Rick Harrington, a UHV psychology professor and chair of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences Social and Behavioral Sciences Division.

UHV’s Master of Arts in counseling psychology is a 60-credit-hour program that prepares students to assess and provide psychotherapy or counseling to people in need. It has a strong clinical component and meets the academic requirements for the Texas Licensed Professional Counselor credential. The tuition cost is less than $20,000 for the entire degree.

UHV’s forensic psychology program prepares students to become licensed mental health workers in the field of forensics. compared 70 regionally accredited online psychology master’s programs to form its list of the top 27. UHV is one of three Texas schools on the list.

According to, the national average cost of a master’s degree in psychology is $26,804. Tuition for the UHV forensic psychology master’s program is about $6,000 less than the national average.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro