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2021 Most Popular General Psychology Master's Degree Schools

379 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular General Psychology Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 379 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular master's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Psychology program at each school on the list.

Check out the psychology master's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our 2021 rankings named Southern New Hampshire University the most popular school in the United States for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

Women make up 83% of the psychology majors at the school.

On average, psychology graduates from SNHU take out $39,242 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $430.

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#2

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

The in-demand master’s degree programs at Ashford University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular general psychology schools in the United States. Ashford University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

About 84% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 16% are male.

On average, psychology graduates from Ashford University take out $43,528 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 $472.

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#3

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Out of the 379 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Walden University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 79% of the psychology majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, psychology graduates from Walden University carry an average student debt load of $50,076. 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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#4

New York University

New York, NY

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means New York University is a great place for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Women make up 72% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#5

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Out of the 379 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northcentral University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of San Diego, Northcentral University is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Women make up 79% of the psychology majors at the school.

Psychology majors at Northcentral University take out an average of $38,410 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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#6

William James College

Newton, MA

With a ranking of #6, William James College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Newton, William James College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 106 students majoring in psychology at William James College, 18% are male and 82% are female.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 86% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 14% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, psychology majors at The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus accumulate an average of around $65,222 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $776.

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With a ranking of #8, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

About 79% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 21% are male.

While working on their Master's Degree, psychology majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $37,073 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $445, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Women make up 78% of the psychology majors at the school.

On average, psychology graduates from Capella University take out $54,251 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $494.

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#10

The New School

New York, NY

The New School came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 65 students majoring in psychology at New School University, 26% are male and 74% are female.

After completing their Master's Degree, psychology graduates from New School University carry an average student debt load of $56,482. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $527.

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Florida International University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. FIU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Miami.

Of the 57 students majoring in psychology at FIU, 21% are male and 79% are female.

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#11

National University

La Jolla, CA

With a ranking of #11, National University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. National University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of La Jolla.

Of the 57 students majoring in psychology at National University, 23% are male and 77% are female.

After completing their Master's Degree, psychology graduates from National University carry an average student debt load of $33,548. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $404.

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#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree general psychology programs. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

Women make up 71% of the psychology majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at GMU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $41,500. 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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#14

Adler University

Chicago, IL

Adler University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for general psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Adler is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

Of the 54 students majoring in psychology at Adler, 15% are male and 85% are female.

After completing their Master's Degree, psychology graduates from Adler carry an average student debt load of $55,619. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $548.

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#15

Kean University

Union, NJ

With a ranking of #15, Kean University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Union, Kean is a public school with a large student population.

Of the 52 students majoring in psychology at Kean, 33% are male and 67% are female.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Kean take out while working on their Master's Degree is $32,936. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $358.

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#16

Divine Mercy University

Arlington, VA

With a ranking of #16, Divine Mercy University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Arlington, DMU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 76% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 24% are male.

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#16

Utah State University

Logan, UT

With a ranking of #16, Utah State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Logan, USU is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 50 students majoring in psychology at USU, 18% are male and 82% are female.

Psychology majors at USU take out an average of $25,545 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $277.

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#16

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

With a ranking of #16, Pepperdine University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 50 students majoring in psychology at Pepperdine, 20% are male and 80% are female.

While working on their Master's Degree, psychology majors at Pepperdine accumulate an average of around $64,785 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $699, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY

The Graduate Center, CUNY came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, The Graduate Center is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 48 students majoring in psychology at The Graduate Center, 33% are male and 67% are female.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

Women make up 66% of the psychology majors at the school.

After completing their Master's Degree, psychology graduates from Rutgers New Brunswick carry an average student debt load of $31,095.

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#21

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 71% of the psychology majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UPenn take out while working on their Master's Degree is $58,072.

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#22

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. SFSU is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Francisco.

Of the 44 students majoring in psychology at SFSU, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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#23

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Cleveland State University is a large public school located in the city of Cleveland.

Women make up 79% of the psychology majors at the school.

On average, psychology graduates from Cleveland State University take out $35,225 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $428.

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#23

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

With a ranking of #23, Stony Brook University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 42 students majoring in psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, 24% are male and 76% are female.

On average, psychology graduates from SUNY Stony Brook take out $18,961 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $224, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Adelphi University landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree general psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Garden City, Adelphi is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 76% of the psychology majors at the school.

Psychology majors at Adelphi take out an average of $44,038 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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#28

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN
#31

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#31

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#31

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#34

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#36

Boston University

Boston, MA
#39

Towson University

Towson, MD
#39

LIU Post

Brookville, NY
#42

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#43

Yeshiva University

New York, NY
#46

Medaille College

Buffalo, NY
#46

Radford University

Radford, VA
#49

American University

Washington, DC
#49

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular General Psychology Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 379 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
52 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
52 University of Houston Houston, TX
52 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
52 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
52 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
52 Marshall University Huntington, WV
52 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
59 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
59 National Louis University Chicago, IL
59 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
59 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
63 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
63 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
63 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
66 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
66 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
66 Seattle University Seattle, WA
66 Illinois State University Normal, IL
66 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
66 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
66 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
66 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
74 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
74 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
74 University at Albany Albany, NY
74 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
74 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
74 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
74 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
74 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC

General Psychology by Region

View the Most Popular General Psychology Master's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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