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2021 Best General Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

124 Colleges
$63,491 Avg Salary
$74,847 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology Doctor's Degree School for You

General Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 4th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 130,917 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best General Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 124 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best doctor's degree programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for psychology majors pursuing a doctor's degree.

Top 15% Best General Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

#1

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Our analysis found Northcentral University to be the best school for general psychology students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of San Diego, Northcentral University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Psychology majors at Northcentral University take out an average of $56,770 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $717, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#3

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Lehigh University is a great place for general psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general psychology schools in the United States. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Georgetown University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #6, Rice University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#8

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, psychology graduates from Emory take out $42,312 in student loans while working on their Doctor's Degree.

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#9

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #10, Boston University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland - College Park ranked #12 on this year’s Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

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#13

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

With a ranking of #13, Tulane University of Louisiana did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Tulane is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Orleans.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #14 on this year’s Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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Claremont Graduate University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree general psychology programs. Claremont Graduate University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Claremont.

While working on their Doctor's Degree, psychology majors at Claremont Graduate University accumulate an average of around $158,485 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $1,857, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

After completing their Doctor's Degree, psychology graduates from Virginia Tech carry an average student debtload of $37,333.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked #18 on this year’s Best General Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
19 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
20 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
21 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
22 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
23 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
24 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA

General Psychology by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 3 majors within the area of study, general psychology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to BruceBlaus.

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