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Doctor’s Degree in General Psychology

1,760 Yearly Graduations
$59,000 Median Salary
$61,146 Median Debt
There are 164 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 22% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.1% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2017-2018, 1,760 earned their doctor's degree in psychology. This makes it the 17th 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 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 Doctor’s Degree

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 523
Women 1,237
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degree in Psychology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 79
Black or African American 122
Hispanic or Latino 142
White 1,137
International Students 107
Other Races/Ethnicities 173
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Doctor's Degree Students

There are 164 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
179 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for psychology students seekinga doctor's degree is Walden University. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 179 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Walden University. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
70 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 70 doctor's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Grand Canyon University. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#3

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
69 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,064 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,864 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 69 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Northcentral University. Of these students, 58% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
64 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,516 per year.

The psychology program at Capella University awarded 64 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#5

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
41 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 49,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,886 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,232 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 41 doctor's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#6

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
34 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 44,000 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 2017-2018 academic year, 34 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from UCLA. Of these students, 68% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Saybrook University

Oakland, California
31 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Saybrook University. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 31 doctor's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Saybrook University. Of these students, 84% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
28 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 52,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 28 doctor's degree were handed out to psychology majors at U of F. Of these students, 68% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
25 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern Mississippi comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 14,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,514 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,514 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 25 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from Southern Miss. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#10

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
23 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 35,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,736 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 23 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from GMU. Of these students, 57% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Colorado Boulder. Roughly 35,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,248 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,484 per year.

The psychology program at University of Colorado Boulder awarded 22 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 9% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 43,500 attend the school each year. 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 2017-2018 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from USF Tampa. Of these students, 71% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
20 Yearly Graduations
70% Women

The 13th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Vanderbilt University. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,208 per year.

The psychology program at Vanderbilt University awarded 20 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year.

#13

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
20 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Claremont Graduate University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 1,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The psychology program at Claremont Graduate University awarded 20 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#15

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
19 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,984 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,020 per year.

The psychology program at Georgia State University awarded 19 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 84% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

19 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Bowling Green State University - Main Campus. Roughly 17,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,096 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

The psychology program at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus awarded 19 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

19 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Each year, around 51,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,104 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,406 per year.

The psychology program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 19 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 42% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
18 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Carolina State University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 34,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,917 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 18 people received their doctor's degree in psychology from NC State. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#18

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
18 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Illinois University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 18,000 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 $11,904 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 18 doctor's degree were handed out to psychology majors at NIU. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#18

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
18 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Illinois Institute of Technology comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degree in psychology. Roughly 7,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $45,747 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,328 per year.

The psychology program at Illinois Institute of Technology awarded 18 doctor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 4,304
Child Development & Psychology 520
Other Psychology 172

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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