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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree Schools

403 Colleges
$43,430 Avg Salary
$52,441 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 30,532 people earned a degree or certificate in clinical, counseling and applied psychology, making the major the #43 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 403 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for clinical psychology majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Clinical Psychology

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Harvard University the best school in the United States for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their master’s degree. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Chicago. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#3

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lehigh University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

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#4

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Fielding Graduate University is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Fielding accumulate an average of around $40,594 in student debt.

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#5

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Loyola Marymount University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $73,177 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $803.

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University of Southern California landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at USC take out while working on their Master's Degree is $56,543. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $657.

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#7

Simmons University

Boston, MA

Simmons University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Simmons accumulate an average of around $39,038 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $476.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from University of Virginia take out $24,566 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $276.

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#9

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#11

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Fairfield U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

While working on their Master's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Fairfield U accumulate an average of around $31,269 in student debt.

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With a ranking of #12, Florida Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their master’s degree. Florida Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Melbourne.

After completing their Master's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from Florida Tech carry an average student debtload of $30,673. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Long Beach landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the large city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Cal State Long Beach take out $29,716 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $353.

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#14

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Tufts take out an average of $51,376 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $507.

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#15

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at GMU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $30,883.

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#16

Aurora University

Aurora, IL

Aurora University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the suburb of Aurora, Aurora is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Aurora take out an average of $32,577 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $385.

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University of Maryland - College Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at UMCP take out an average of $23,695 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#18

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Palo Alto.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology take out while working on their Master's Degree is $72,819. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $759.

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#19

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the small suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at William & Mary take out an average of $40,619 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at UMN Twin Cities take out while working on their Master's Degree is $28,695. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $385.

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The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

After completing their Master's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from UT Austin carry an average student debtload of $51,927. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $543.

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#22

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Suffolk University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Suffolk is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

Clinical Psychology majors at Suffolk take out an average of $40,184 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#23

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from UGA take out $45,746 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $497.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Minnesota State University - Mankato take out $27,107 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $312.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Texas A&M take out $28,439 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $307.

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Rest of the Top Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree Schools

#26

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#28

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#30

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#32

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#39

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#40

National University

La Jolla, CA
#41

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#43

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, VT
#44

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#45

New York University

New York, NY
#46

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#48

The Wright Institute

Berkeley, CA
#49

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#50

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 403 different United States clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
52 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
53 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
54 Assumption University Worcester, MA
55 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
56 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
57 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
58 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
59 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
60 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology students that almost earned our Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
61 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
62 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
63 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
64 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
65 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
66 Boston University Boston, MA
67 William James College Newton, MA
68 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
69 Illinois State University Normal, IL
70 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
71 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
72 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
73 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
74 Pace University - New York New York, NY
75 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
76 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
77 Adler University Chicago, IL
78 Fordham University Bronx, NY
79 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
80 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology is one of 3 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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