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2021 Best General Psychology Master's Degree Schools

298 Colleges
$42,178 Avg Salary
$47,481 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology Master'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.

The Best General Psychology Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 298 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master'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 Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Psychology Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Psychology

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our analysis found Harvard University to be the best school for general psychology students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

The excellent master’s degree programs at Duke University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general psychology schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly 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 master’s degree. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Boston College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general psychology schools in the United States. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The excellent master’s degree programs at Georgetown University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general psychology schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#7

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#9

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#10

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #11 on this year’s Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, psychology majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $58,072 in student debt.

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#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#13

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Marquette is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

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#14

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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With a ranking of #15, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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#16

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester ranked #16 on this year’s Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Rochester.

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#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

With a ranking of #17, Binghamton University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Binghamton University is a large public school located in the suburb of Vestal.

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#18

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

On average, psychology graduates from GMU take out $41,500 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#19

William James College

Newton, MA

William James College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Newton.

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#20

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph’s University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#21

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#22

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree general psychology programs. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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#25

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Tulane University of Louisiana came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Tulane is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Orleans.

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Rest of the Top Best General Psychology Master's Degree Schools

#26

Boston University

Boston, MA
#28

New York University

New York, NY
#29

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#37

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#38

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#41

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#43

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#44

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Psychology students that almost earned our Best General Psychology Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
45 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
46 Fordham University Bronx, NY
47 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
48 Iowa State University Ames, IA
49 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
50 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
51 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
52 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
53 University of Georgia Athens, GA
54 Illinois State University Normal, IL
55 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
56 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
57 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
58 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
59 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA

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).
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