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2021 Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

272 Colleges
$57,141 Avg Salary
$132,057 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular 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 272 schools in the United States to see which doctor's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology program at each school on the list.

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

Our 2021 rankings named Alliant International University the most popular school in the United States for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Alliant is a small private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

About 78% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 22% are male.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Alliant take out $185,381 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $2,209, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The in-demand doctor’s degree programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular clinical, counseling and applied psychology schools in the United States. Located in the city of Chicago, The Chicago School Chicago Campus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 99 students majoring in clinical psychology at The Chicago School Chicago Campus, 21% are male and 79% are female.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at The Chicago School Chicago Campus take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $236,884. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $2,856.

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#3

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Palo Alto University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Palo Alto.

About 86% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 14% are male.

After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology carry an average student debt load of $231,391. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $2,882.

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#3

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Capella University is a great place for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Of the 98 students majoring in clinical psychology at Capella University, 21% are male and 79% are female.

After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from Capella University carry an average student debt load of $121,536. 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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Out of the 272 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 city of Los Angeles.

Of the 96 students majoring in clinical psychology at The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus, 12% are male and 88% are female.

After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus carry an average student debt load of $236,884. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $2,856.

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#6

Adler University

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #6, Adler University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Chicago, Adler is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 82% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 18% are male.

Clinical Psychology majors at Adler take out an average of $256,077 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $3,204, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

William James College

Newton, MA

William James College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. William James College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton.

About 73% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 27% are male.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at William James College accumulate an average of around $165,113 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,843, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

The Wright Institute

Berkeley, CA

The Wright Institute landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, The Wright Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 81% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at The Wright Institute accumulate an average of around $162,673 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $2,045, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

With a ranking of #9, Nova Southeastern University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 86% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 14% are male.

Clinical Psychology majors at NUS Florida take out an average of $201,367 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree.

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With a ranking of #10, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

Women make up 79% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from ASU - Skysong take out $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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With a ranking of #10, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

About 79% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 21% are male.

Clinical Psychology majors at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine take out an average of $154,622 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 $1,750.

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#12

Yeshiva University

New York, NY

Yeshiva University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, Yeshiva is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

About 95% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 5% are male.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Yeshiva take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $115,414. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,414.

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#13

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

With a ranking of #13, Pacific University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Forest Grove, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 51 students majoring in clinical psychology at Pacific, 20% are male and 80% are female.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Pacific accumulate an average of around $204,420 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $2,442, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 82% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at DU accumulate an average of around $139,421 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,542.

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#15

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 77% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 23% are male.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Fielding take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $170,932. 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.

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Fuller Theological Seminary ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Fuller is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 44 students majoring in clinical psychology at Fuller, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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Carlos Albizu University - Miami came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Carlos Albizu University - Miami is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Miami.

About 81% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 19% are male.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from Carlos Albizu University - Miami take out $161,697 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. 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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With a ranking of #17, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 79% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 21% are male.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Carlos Albizu University - San Juan accumulate an average of around $161,697 in student debt. 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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With a ranking of #19, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Ponce did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of Ponce, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Ponce is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 74% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

Clinical Psychology majors at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Ponce take out an average of $85,835 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 $1,056.

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#19

LIU Post

Brookville, NY

LIU Post landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree clinical, counseling and applied psychology programs. LIU Post is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Brookville.

Women make up 68% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

On average, clinical psychology graduates from LIU Post take out $116,697 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 $1,427.

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#21

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx.

About 86% of the students majoring in clinical psychology at the school are women while 14% are male.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Fordham U take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $107,046. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,131, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Hempstead, Hofstra is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Of the 33 students majoring in clinical psychology at Hofstra, 36% are male and 64% are female.

The average amount in student loans that clinical psychology majors at Hofstra take out while working on their Doctor's Degree is $93,091. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $966, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. FDU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Teaneck.

Women make up 72% of the clinical psychology majors at the school.

Clinical Psychology majors at FDU take out an average of $86,946 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree.

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#24

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Houston, UH is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 31 students majoring in clinical psychology at UH, 19% are male and 81% are female.

After completing their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology graduates from UH carry an average student debt load of $52,422. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $627.

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#25

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for clinical, counseling and applied psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the large suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 29 students majoring in clinical psychology at Biola, 38% are male and 62% are female.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, clinical psychology majors at Biola accumulate an average of around $113,342 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $1,377.

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#33

Widener University

Chester, PA
#35

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#35

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA
#35

Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA
#40

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#40

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology students that almost earned our Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
43 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
43 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
43 George Fox University Newberg, OR
43 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
43 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
48 Mercer University Macon, GA
48 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
48 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
48 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
52 University of Georgia Athens, GA
52 Ball State University Muncie, IN
52 Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria, CA

Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology by Region

View the Most Popular Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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 28 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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