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2021 Most Popular Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools

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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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 364 schools in the United States to see which doctor's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Psychology program at each school on the list.

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

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our analysis found Walden University to be the most popular school for psychology students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Of the 242 students majoring in psychology at Walden University, 17% are male and 83% are female.

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Our analysis found Alliant International University to be the most popular school for psychology students who want to pursue a doctor’s degree in the United States. Alliant is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

About 78% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 22% are male.

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#3

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Capella University is a great place for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

Of the 148 students majoring in psychology at Capella University, 21% are male and 79% are female.

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#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The in-demand doctor’s degree programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular psychology schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 121 students majoring in psychology at Grand Canyon University, 30% are male and 70% are female.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles is a great place for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

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

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, The Chicago School Chicago Campus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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

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#7

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Palo Alto.

Women make up 86% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#8

Adler University

Chicago, IL

With a ranking of #8, Adler University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the large city of Chicago, Adler is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 82% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#9

William James College

Newton, MA

William James College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. William James College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton.

Of the 83 students majoring in psychology at William James College, 27% are male and 73% are female.

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#10

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

Northcentral University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Northcentral University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

Of the 75 students majoring in psychology at Northcentral University, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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#11

The Wright Institute

Berkeley, CA

The Wright Institute landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, The Wright Institute is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 81% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 19% are male.

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#12

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Women make up 86% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#13

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Carpinteria, CA

Pacifica Graduate Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Pacifica Graduate Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the rural area of Carpinteria.

Women make up 70% of the psychology majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #14, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree psychology programs. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Scottsdale.

Of the 56 students majoring in psychology at ASU - Skysong, 21% are male and 79% are female.

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#16

Yeshiva University

New York, NY

Yeshiva University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the city of New York, Yeshiva is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Of the 55 students majoring in psychology at Yeshiva, 5% are male and 95% are female.

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#17

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

About 83% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 17% are male.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 63% of the psychology majors at the school.

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Carlos Albizu University - San Juan landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular doctor’s degree psychology programs. Located in the city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Women make up 75% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#19

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY

The Graduate Center, CUNY ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools list. The Graduate Center is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of New York.

Women make up 80% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#19

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

With a ranking of #19, Pacific University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Forest Grove, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 80% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 20% are male.

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#22

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA

Fielding Graduate University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, Fielding is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Women make up 77% of the psychology majors at the school.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 66% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 34% are male.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population.

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

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Fuller Theological Seminary came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Fuller is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 73% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 27% are male.

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#27

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#29

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#30

LIU Post

Brookville, NY
#33

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#37

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#45

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Psychology Doctor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 364 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Biola University La Mirada, CA
49 New York University New York, NY
49 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
49 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
55 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
56 Saybrook University Oakland, CA
56 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
56 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
56 The New School New York, NY
56 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
56 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
62 Howard University Washington, DC
62 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
62 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
62 Antioch University - New England Keene, NH
62 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
62 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
68 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
68 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
68 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
68 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
68 Widener University Chester, PA

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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