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2021 Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools

104 Colleges
$45,872 Avg Salary
$65,193 Avg Student Debt

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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 104 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online clinical psychology programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Capella University the most popular online school in the United States for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students pursuing an online degree. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent online programs at Arizona State University - Skysong helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools in the United States. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Florida Institute of Technology - Online is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students pursuing an online degree. Located in the small city of Melbourne, Florida Institute of Technology - Online is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Out of the 104 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles landed the # 5 spot on the list. The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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Alliant International University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Alliant is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

After completing their degree, clinical psychology graduates from Alliant carry an average student debtload of $127,042. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,480.

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#7

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

After completing their degree, clinical psychology graduates from Walden University carry an average student debtload of $39,366. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $435.

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Montgomery County Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Blue Bell, Montco is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Gardner - Webb University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Gardner - Webb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Boiling Springs.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Gardner - Webb take out $25,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Located in the town of Klamath Falls, OIT is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at OIT take out an average of $25,687 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $267.

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Azusa Pacific University College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of San Dimas, Azusa Pacific's University College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

With a ranking of #11, Ball State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Ball State take out is $30,616. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $356.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. Located in the city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a very large student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at UC take out an average of $34,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $396.

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#14

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools list. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Clinical Psychology majors at Fielding take out an average of $93,050 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,084.

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With a ranking of #14, Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global did quite well on this year’s best schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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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 Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
17 Crown College Saint Bonifacius, MN
17 Toccoa Falls College Toccoa Falls, GA
17 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
20 Franklin University Columbus, OH
20 Belhaven University Jackson, MS

View the Most Popular Online Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Schools for a specific region near you.

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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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