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Master’s Degrees in General Psychology

6,210 Yearly Graduations
$40,000 Median Salary
$43,053 Median Debt
There are 379 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in psychology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 33% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.0% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6,210 students earned their master's degree in psychology. This earns it the #34 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in psychology is $40,000. 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.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $37,300 and the high is $45,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in psychology is $43,053. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $61,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,564.

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The median monthly payment of a psychology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $502.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in psychology. About 77.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,426
Women 4,784
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Psychology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 250
Black or African American 818
Hispanic or Latino 747
White 3,436
International Students 312
Other Races/Ethnicities 647
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Master's Degree Students

There are 379 colleges that offer a master’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
541 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 541 people received their master's degree in psychology from SNHU. About 83% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego, California
360 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 34,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 360 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Ashford University. About 84% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
345 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 50,300 attend the school each year. 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.

The psychology program at Walden University awarded 345 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

New York University

New York, New York
115 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 115 people received their master's degree in psychology from NYU. About 72% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
113 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 113 people received their master's degree in psychology from Northcentral University. Of these students, 79% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

William James College

Newton, Massachusetts
106 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is William James College. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Of these students, 82% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

86 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 2,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,992 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,564 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 86 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles. About 86% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
84 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 46,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at American Military University. About 79% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
74 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 74 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Capella University. About 78% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

The New School

New York, New York
65 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 10,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

The psychology program at The New School awarded 65 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

57 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida International University. Each year, around 57,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

The psychology program at Florida International University awarded 57 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

National University

La Jolla, California
57 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

The psychology program at National University awarded 57 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
56 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 37,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 people received their master's degree in psychology from GMU. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#14

Adler University

Chicago, Illinois
54 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Adler University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 1,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 people received their master's degree in psychology from Adler. About 85% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Kean University

Union, New Jersey
52 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kean University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,935 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,326 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Kean. About 67% of this group were women, and 69% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
50 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utah State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 27,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,549 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,996 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their master's degree in psychology from USU. About 82% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Pepperdine University. Each year, around 7,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,900 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Pepperdine. Of these students, 80% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Divine Mercy University

Arlington, Virginia
50 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Divine Mercy University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their master's degree in psychology from DMU. Of these students, 76% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

48 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Graduate School and University Center comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in psychology. Roughly 8,000 attend the school each year. 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, 48 master's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at The Graduate Center. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#20

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
47 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,200 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 people received their master's degree in psychology from Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 20,384
Other Psychology 1,930
Child Development & Psychology 1,058

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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