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2021 Best Psychology Master's Degree Schools

280 Colleges
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Finding the Best Psychology Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 177,655 psychology students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #8 most popular in the country.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Psychology Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 280 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the psychology master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Psychology

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Cornell University the best school in the United States for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Out of the 280 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Chicago landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a large 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 psychology schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#5

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lehigh University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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#6

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

With a ranking of #6, Fielding Graduate University did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #8, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#11

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield.

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Florida Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Florida Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Melbourne.

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#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#14

Tufts University

Medford, MA

With a ranking of #14, Tufts University did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree psychology programs. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #16 on this year’s Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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#17

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

University of Rochester landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the midsize city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #18, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

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#19

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

With a ranking of #19, College of William and Mary did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#20

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Palo Alto.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public college with a large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison.

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Rest of the Top Best Psychology Master's Degree Schools

#26

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#27

William James College

Newton, MA
#29

New York University

New York, NY
#30

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#31

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#33

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#34

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#37

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#39

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#40

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#41

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#42

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
43 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
44 National University La Jolla, CA
45 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
46 Boston University Boston, MA
47 The Wright Institute Berkeley, CA
48 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
49 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
50 Assumption University Worcester, MA
51 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
52 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
54 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
55 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
56 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA

Psychology by Region

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

Psychology Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 130,917
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
Child Development & Psychology 13,150
Other Psychology 3,056

Majors Similar to Psychology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

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 Nevit Dilmen.

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