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2021 Best Value Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

300 Colleges
$12,912 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$57,838 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Psychology Doctor'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.

The Best Value Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 300 schools in the United States to see which doctor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for psychology students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Psychology Doctor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Doctorate in Psychology

Our analysis found Arizona State University - Skysong to be the best value school for psychology students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 a year.

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#3

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Out of the 300 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Endicott College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Endicott is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beverly.

Endicott graduate students pay an average of $12,555 in tuition and fees each year.

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#4

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northcentral University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Northcentral University are $18,095 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northcentral University also is in the top 20% of our Best Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Provo helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value psychology schools in the United States. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at BYU are $7,290 a year.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at North Dakota State University are $11,123 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, North Dakota State University is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list.

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#7

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA

John F. Kennedy University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. JFKU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Pleasant Hill.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at JFKU are $8,500 a year.

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Carlos Albizu University - San Juan did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Carlos Albizu University - San Juan are $8,440 a year.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at SMU MN are $9,180 a year.

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Illinois State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Illinois State are $11,030 a year.

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#11

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Fielding are $17,292 per year.

Fielding also claimed a spot on our Best Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#12

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

With a ranking of #12, Adams State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the town of Alamosa, Adams State is a public college with a small student population.

Adams State graduate students pay an average of $10,551 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

With a ranking of #13, Mississippi College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. MC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Clinton.

MC graduate students pay an average of $12,130 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #14, Northern Illinois University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at NIU are $11,280 a year.

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#15

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Xavier is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Xavier graduate students pay an average of $12,076 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Vermillion, USD is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at USD are $12,637 per year.

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#17

Rivier University

Nashua, NH

Rivier University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the small city of Nashua, Rivier is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Rivier are $11,655 per year.

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#18

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Biola University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of La Mirada, Biola is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Biola are $11,394 per year.

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#19

Spalding University

Louisville, KY

Spalding University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the large city of Louisville, Spalding is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Spalding are $12,825 a year.

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#20

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

Cornell graduate students pay an average of $30,022 in tuition and fees each year.

Cornell also claimed a spot on our Best Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#21

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Marquette graduate students pay an average of $21,060 in tuition and fees each year.

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#22

Marywood University

Scranton, PA

Marywood University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Marywood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Scranton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Marywood are $11,438 per year.

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#23

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

With a ranking of #23, Lehigh University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

Lehigh graduate students pay an average of $27,130 in tuition and fees each year.

Lehigh also claimed a spot on our Best Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#24

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Liberty University are $8,400 per year.

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#25

American International College

Springfield, MA

American International College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value doctor’s degree psychology programs. AIC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Springfield.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at AIC are $11,639 a year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

#26

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT
#27

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#28

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#29

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#30

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#31

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#32

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#32

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#38

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

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 Value Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
46 George Fox University Newberg, OR
46 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
48 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
49 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
49 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
51 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
52 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
53 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
54 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
55 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
55 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
57 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
58 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
58 Yale University New Haven, CT
60 Ashford University San Diego, CA

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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