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Master’s Degree in General Psychology

6,210 Yearly Graduations
$40,000 Median Salary
$43,053 Median Debt
There are 379 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in psychology. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 33% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.0% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2018-2019, 6,210 earned their master's degree in psychology. This earns it the #34 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in psychology is $40,000. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $37,300 and the high is $45,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in psychology is $43,053. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $61,500 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,564.

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The median monthly payment of a psychology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $502.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in psychology. About 77.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,426
Women 4,784
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in Psychology

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 250
Black or African American 818
Hispanic or Latino 747
White 3,436
International Students 312
Other Races/Ethnicities 647
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Master's Degree Students

There are 379 colleges that offer a master’s degree in psychology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
541 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 90,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 541 people received their master's degree in psychology from SNHU. About 83% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego, California
360 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Ashford University. Roughly 36,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,060 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 360 people received their master's degree in psychology from Ashford University. About 84% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
345 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Walden University. Roughly 49,600 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 345 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

New York University

New York, New York
115 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 115 people received their master's degree in psychology from NYU. About 72% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
113 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 10,700 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 113 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

William James College

Newton, Massachusetts
106 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

William James College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 106 people received their master's degree in psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Of these students, 82% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

86 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles. Roughly 2,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,992 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,564 per year.

The psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles awarded 86 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
84 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is American Public University System. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

The psychology program at American Public University System awarded 84 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
74 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 36,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 74 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Capella University. About 78% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

The New School

New York, New York
65 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at New School University. Of these students, 74% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

57 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Florida International University. Roughly 56,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their master's degree in psychology from FIU. Of these students, 79% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

National University

La Jolla, California
57 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is National University. Each year, around 17,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their master's degree in psychology from National University. Of these students, 77% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
56 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Mason University. Each year, around 35,900 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at GMU. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#14

Adler University

Chicago, Illinois
54 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Adler University. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Adler. About 85% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Kean University

Union, New Jersey
52 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kean University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,935 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,326 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 52 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Kean. About 67% of this group were women, and 69% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
50 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utah State University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 27,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,549 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,996 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their master's degree in psychology from USU. About 82% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
50 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Pepperdine University. Roughly 7,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine. Of these students, 80% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Divine Mercy University

Arlington, Virginia
50 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Divine Mercy University. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at DMU. Of these students, 76% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

48 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Graduate School and University Center comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Roughly 7,600 attend the school each year. 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.

The psychology program at CUNY Graduate School and University Center awarded 48 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#20

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
47 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 49,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 47 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 20,384
Other Psychology 1,930
Child Development & Psychology 1,058

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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