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Associate’s Degree in General Psychology

12,355 Yearly Graduations
$20,000 Median Salary
$17,838 Median Debt
An associate's degree in psychology is offered at 277 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 65% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.3% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2017-2018, 12,355 associate's degree were awarded to psychology majors. This makes it the 12th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in psychology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 110,238
Associate’s Degree 12,355
Master’s Degree 6,333
Doctor’s Degree 1,760
Graduate Certificate 204
Basic Certificate 103
Undergraduate Certificate 68

Earnings of Psychology Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in psychology is $20,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $20,000 and the high is $20,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in psychology is $17,838. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,875 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $10,794.

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The median monthly payment of a psychology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $185.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in psychology. About 76.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,902
Women 9,453
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Psychology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 882
Black or African American 938
Hispanic or Latino 5,654
White 3,793
International Students 158
Other Races/Ethnicities 930
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Associate's Degree Students

There are 277 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Mt San Antonio College

Walnut, California
226 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt San Antonio College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 29,900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 226 people received their associate's degree in psychology from Mt. SAC. Around 87% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#2

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
217 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Canyons is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 20,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at College of the Canyons awarded 217 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#3

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
211 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Diablo Valley College. Roughly 19,700 attend the school each year. The psychology program at Diablo Valley College awarded 211 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#4

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
207 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY LaGuardia Community College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Roughly 19,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 207 people received their associate's degree in psychology from LaGuardia. About 79% of this group were women, and 81% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Merced College

Merced, California
199 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Merced College. Roughly 10,900 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 199 people received their associate's degree in psychology from Merced Community College District. Of these students, 75% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
198 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sierra College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Roughly 18,200 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 198 associate's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Sierra College. About 78% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
194 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Pasadena City College. Each year, around 27,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 194 people received their associate's degree in psychology from Pasadena City College. About 74% of this group were women, and 79% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
187 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Liberty University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 75,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,837 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,904 per year.

The psychology program at Liberty University awarded 187 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Citrus College

Glendora, California
182 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Citrus College. Roughly 13,200 attend the school each year. The psychology program at Citrus College awarded 182 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California
177 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Orange Coast College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 22,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at Orange Coast College awarded 177 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 69% were women and 64% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
164 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Texas College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in psychology. Roughly 31,300 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 164 people received their associate's degree in psychology from South Texas College. Of these students, 73% were women and 96% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
163 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 28,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at El Paso Community College awarded 163 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 72% were women and 90% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
153 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Beach City College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 24,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 153 people received their associate's degree in psychology from Long Beach City College. About 76% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
152 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 34,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at East Los Angeles College awarded 152 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 71% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

El Camino Community College District

Torrance, California
151 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Camino Community College District comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in psychology. Roughly 24,300 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 151 associate's degree were handed out to psychology majors at ECC. Of these students, 71% were women and 89% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
150 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fullerton College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in psychology. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 150 associate's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Fullerton College. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#17

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
146 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Central New Mexico Community College. Roughly 24,400 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 146 people received their associate's degree in psychology from CNM. Of these students, 77% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, California
141 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Southwestern College. Each year, around 18,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 141 associate's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Southwestern Community College District. Of these students, 74% were women and 84% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
140 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Bakersfield College. Roughly 23,100 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 140 people received their associate's degree in psychology from Bakersfield College. Of these students, 76% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
136 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Moorpark College. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. The psychology program at Moorpark College awarded 136 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 74% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to psychology that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Other Psychology 219
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 97
Child Development & Psychology 54

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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