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Doctor’s Degrees in General Psychology

1,672 Yearly Graduations
$59,000 Median Salary
$61,146 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in psychology is offered at 158 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 27% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.1% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,672 earned their doctor's degree in psychology. This makes it the 18th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in psychology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 6,210
Doctor’s Degree 1,672
Graduate Certificate 205

Earnings of Psychology Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in psychology is $59,000. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $52,900 to a high of $69,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in psychology is $61,146. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $83,753 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $40,130.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $712.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in psychology. About 70.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 496
Women 1,176
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Psychology

The racial-ethnic distribution of psychology doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 83
Black or African American 158
Hispanic or Latino 157
White 1,022
International Students 69
Other Races/Ethnicities 183
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Doctor's Degree Students

There are 158 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
218 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for psychology students seekinga doctor's degree is Walden University. Each year, around 50,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 218 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Walden University. Of these students, 82% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
121 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 90,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Grand Canyon University. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#3

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
75 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 10,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,983 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 75 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Northcentral University. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Capella University. About 80% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
32 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 50,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Of these students, 72% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
29 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The psychology program at University of California - Los Angeles awarded 29 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 69% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Each year, around 46,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Penn State University Park. About 64% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
26 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 52,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

The psychology program at University of Florida awarded 26 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 65% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 28,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,332 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,468 per year.

The psychology program at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The University of Alabama comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 38,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

The psychology program at The University of Alabama awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

21 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at The Graduate Center. About 71% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The psychology program at George Mason University awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Saybrook University

Oakland, California
21 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saybrook University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Saybrook University. Of these students, 81% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Pitt. About 81% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Southern Mississippi. Roughly 14,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,786 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Southern Miss. About 80% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
20 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Claremont Graduate University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 1,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Claremont Graduate University. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#17

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
18 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Northern Illinois University. Each year, around 17,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,466 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,922 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at NIU. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#17

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 43,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Wisconsin. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#19

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
17 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nebraska - Lincoln comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 25,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,976 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at UNL. Around 6% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

17 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 43,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

The psychology program at University of South Florida - Main Campus awarded 17 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to psychology that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 3,949
Child Development & Psychology 636
Other Psychology 146

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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