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

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

216 Colleges
$12,372 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$57,141 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor'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 Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 216 schools in the United States to see which doctor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for clinical psychology students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

Check out the clinical psychology doctor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Our 2021 rankings named Arizona State University - Skysong the best value school in the United States for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 a year. Clinical Psychology majors at ASU - Skysong take out an average of $85,352 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $878.

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The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Minnesota State University - Mankato helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools in the United States. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato graduate students pay an average of $8,474 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Endicott College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools in the United States. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beverly.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Endicott are $12,555 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Provo. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at BYU are $7,290 per year.

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#5

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend John F. Kennedy University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. JFKU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Pleasant Hill.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at JFKU are $8,500 per year.

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Carlos Albizu University - San Juan ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Carlos Albizu University - San Juan are $8,440 per year. The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Carlos Albizu University - San Juan take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $161,697. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,937, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winona.

SMU MN graduate students pay an average of $9,180 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at SMU MN take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $114,330.

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With a ranking of #8, Illinois State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Illinois State are $11,030 a year.

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#9

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Fielding graduate students pay an average of $17,292 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Fielding accumulate an average of around $170,932 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,915.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Fielding also is in the top 10% of our Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#10

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

Adams State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Alamosa, Adams State is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Adams State are $10,551 a year.

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#11

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

Mississippi College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. MC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Clinton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at MC are $12,130 a year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from MC carry an average student debtload of $72,918. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $656, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Xavier graduate students pay an average of $12,076 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Xavier take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $94,302. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

Rivier University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Nashua, Rivier is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Rivier are $11,655 a year.

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Northern Illinois University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

NIU graduate students pay an average of $11,280 in tuition and fees each year.

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#15

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Biola graduate students pay an average of $11,394 in tuition and fees each year. On average, clinical psychology graduates from Biola take out $113,342 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,377.

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#16

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Vermillion, USD is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at USD are $12,637 a year.

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#16

Spalding University

Louisville, KY

Spalding University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Louisville, Spalding is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Spalding are $12,825 per year. After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from Spalding carry an average student debtload of $123,958. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,375.

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#18

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

With a ranking of #18, Marquette University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Marquette are $21,060 a year. On average, clinical psychology graduates from Marquette take out $48,749 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree.

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#19

Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Marywood University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Marywood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Scranton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Marywood are $11,438 a year. Clinical Psychology majors at Marywood take out an average of $92,251 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,088.

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#20

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

Lehigh graduate students pay an average of $27,130 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Lehigh is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

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#21

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Liberty University graduate students pay an average of $8,400 in tuition and fees each year.

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#22

American International College

Springfield, MA

With a ranking of #22, American International College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. AIC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

AIC graduate students pay an average of $11,639 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

With a ranking of #23, University of Hartford did quite well on this year’s best value schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. UHart is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of West Hartford.

UHart graduate students pay an average of $14,837 in tuition and fees each year. Clinical Psychology majors at UHart take out an average of $138,726 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,610, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Texas Tech are $15,651 per year. The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $54,363. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $564.

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#25

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Capella University graduate students pay an average of $15,233 in tuition and fees each year. Clinical Psychology majors at Capella University take out an average of $121,536 in student loans while working on their Doctor'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 $1,386.

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

#27

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#28

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#29

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#30

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
33 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
34 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
35 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
36 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
37 National Louis University Chicago, IL
38 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
39 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
40 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
41 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
41 George Fox University Newberg, OR
43 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
43 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

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.

  • 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).

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