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Master’s Degree in General Psychology

6,333 Yearly Graduations
$40,000 Median Salary
$43,053 Median Debt
A master's degree in psychology is offered at 393 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 31% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 4.2% of psychology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Psychology Majors

In 2017-2018, 6,333 master's degree were awarded to psychology majors. 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 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 Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in psychology is $40,000. 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 $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 75.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,525
Women 4,808
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 273
Black or African American 737
Hispanic or Latino 701
White 3,568
International Students 266
Other Races/Ethnicities 788
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Psychology Master's Degree Students

There are 393 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
558 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
22% 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 2017-2018 academic year, 558 people received their master's degree in psychology from SNHU. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#2

Ashford University

San Diego, California
328 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ashford University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 36,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,790 per year.

The psychology program at Ashford University awarded 328 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
247 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. 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, 247 people received their master's degree in psychology from Walden University. About 78% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

158 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University - Davenport Campus comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Roughly 33,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,356 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,560 per year.

The psychology program at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus awarded 158 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
143 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northcentral University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering 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 $16,864 per year.

The psychology program at Northcentral University awarded 143 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
109 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 6th 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 $14,516 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 109 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Capella University. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#7

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
88 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,480 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,300 per year.

The psychology program at American Public University System awarded 88 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 69% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

New York University

New York, New York
75 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 51,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,888 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 people received their master's degree in psychology from NYU. Of these students, 73% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

William James College

Newton, Massachusetts
75 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

William James College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

#10

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
73 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pepperdine University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 7,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,700 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 73 people received their master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine. Of these students, 78% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Utah State University

Logan, Utah
71 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Utah State University. Each year, around 27,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,342 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,808 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 71 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at USU. About 79% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

61 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th 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 $13,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,213 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#13

Adler University

Chicago, Illinois
59 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Adler University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 59 people received their master's degree in psychology from Adler. Of these students, 86% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
54 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Adelphi University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Each year, around 7,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,750 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 54 people received their master's degree in psychology from Adelphi. About 76% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
54 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Claremont Graduate University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 54 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at Claremont Graduate University. Of these students, 69% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

The New School

New York, New York
53 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering 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 $47,997 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $45,669 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 53 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at New School University. Of these students, 81% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

National University

La Jolla, California
52 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 52 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at National University. About 81% of this group were women, and 69% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
50 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Mason University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in psychology. 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 $11,736 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 50 master's degree were handed out to psychology majors at GMU. Of these students, 60% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Saybrook University

Oakland, California
49 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Saybrook University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in psychology. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The psychology program at Saybrook University awarded 49 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
47 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for psychology majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Pennsylvania. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,882 per year.

The psychology program at University of Pennsylvania awarded 47 master's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Clinical & Counseling Psychology 19,037
Other Psychology 2,025
Child Development & Psychology 976

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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