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Doctor’s Degrees in General Psychology

1,672 Yearly Graduations
$59,000 Median Salary
$61,146 Median Debt
There are 158 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in psychology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 27% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.1% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,672 doctor's degrees were awarded to psychology majors. This makes it the 18th most popular doctor'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 108,627
Associate’s Degree 14,051
Master’s Degree 6,210
Doctor’s Degree 1,672
Graduate Certificate 205
Basic Certificate 149
Undergraduate Certificate 3

Earnings of Psychology Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in psychology is $59,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $52,900 to a high of $69,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in psychology is $61,146. 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, $83,753 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $40,130.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $712.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in psychology. About 70.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 496
Women 1,176
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Psychology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 83
Black or African American 158
Hispanic or Latino 157
White 1,022
International Students 69
Other Races/Ethnicities 183
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Doctor's Degree Students

There are 158 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
218 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for psychology students seekinga doctor's degree is Walden University. Roughly 48,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The psychology program at Walden University awarded 218 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 82% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
121 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 96,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 70% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
75 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 11,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,983 per year.

The psychology program at Northcentral University awarded 75 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 61% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The psychology program at Capella University awarded 50 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#5

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
32 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Roughly 50,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The psychology program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick awarded 32 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 72% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
29 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Each year, around 44,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from UCLA. About 69% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 91,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Penn State University Park. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
26 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Florida. Roughly 52,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

The psychology program at University of Florida awarded 26 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 65% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Each year, around 29,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,332 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,468 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from UT Knoxville. About 52% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The University of Alabama. Roughly 38,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from UA.

#9

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
21 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is The Graduate Center, CUNY. Each year, around 8,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,930 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at The Graduate Center. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#9

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
21 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from GMU. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#9

Saybrook University

Oakland, California
21 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saybrook University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at Saybrook University awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

21 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Roughly 32,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

The psychology program at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus awarded 21 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 81% were women.

#15

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
20 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern Mississippi is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,786 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at Southern Miss. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#15

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
20 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Claremont Graduate University. Each year, around 1,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at Claremont Graduate University awarded 20 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
18 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Illinois University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,466 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,922 per year.

The psychology program at Northern Illinois University awarded 18 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
18 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Wisconsin - Madison. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 doctor's degrees were handed out to psychology majors at UW - Madison. Of these students, 50% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
17 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Each year, around 25,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,976 per year.

The psychology program at University of Nebraska - Lincoln awarded 17 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 65% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

17 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in psychology. Each year, around 44,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from USF Tampa. Of these students, 65% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to psychology that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 3,949
Child Development & Psychology 636
Other Psychology 146

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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