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2021 Most Popular Psychology Master's Degree Schools

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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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Psychology Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 754 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 Psychology program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Psychology Master's Degree Colleges.

#1

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Our analysis found Capella University to be the most popular school for psychology students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 85% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 15% are male.

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#2

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Walden University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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

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#3

National University

La Jolla, CA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means National University is a great place for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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

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#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The in-demand master’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 city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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

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#5

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Out of the 754 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Liberty University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 81% of the psychology majors at the school.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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

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Teachers College at Columbia University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 516 students majoring in psychology at Teachers College, 20% are male and 80% are female.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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

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#9

Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 360 students majoring in psychology at Ashford University, 16% are male and 84% are female.

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#10

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Lamar University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Lamar University is a large public school located in the city of Beaumont.

Of the 296 students majoring in psychology at Lamar University, 8% are male and 92% are female.

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#11

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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

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#12

Adler University

Chicago, IL

Adler University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Chicago, Adler is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree psychology programs. The Chicago School Los Angeles Campus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Women make up 85% of the psychology majors at the school.

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#14

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu.

Women make up 85% of the psychology majors at the school.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a very large student population.

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

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With a ranking of #16, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Chicago, The Chicago School Chicago Campus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 232 students majoring in psychology at The Chicago School Chicago Campus, 13% are male and 87% are female.

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With a ranking of #17, Alliant International University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Alliant is a small private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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

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#18

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

Lindsey Wilson College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree psychology programs. Lindsey Wilson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Columbia.

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

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Florida Institute of Technology ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Florida Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Melbourne.

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

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Carlos Albizu University - San Juan did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of San Juan, Carlos Albizu University - San Juan is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 202 students majoring in psychology at Carlos Albizu University - San Juan, 18% are male and 82% are female.

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#21

Troy University

Troy, AL

Troy University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree psychology programs. Located in the remote town of Troy, TROY is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 196 students majoring in psychology at TROY, 15% are male and 85% are female.

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#22

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Webster is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

About 85% of the students majoring in psychology at the school are women while 15% are male.

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California Baptist University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for psychology students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Cal Baptist is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverside.

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

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#24

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

Adams State University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the remote town of Alamosa, Adams State is a public school with a small student population.

Of the 181 students majoring in psychology at Adams State, 19% are male and 81% are female.

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#25

Northcentral University

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #25, Northcentral University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for psychology students working on their master’s degree. Northcentral University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

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

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#26

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#28

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#29

William James College

Newton, MA
#30

New York University

New York, NY
#31

Touro University Worldwide

Los Alamitos, CA
#33

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY
#35

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#36

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Carpinteria, CA
#37

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#37

Amberton University

Garland, TX
#39

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#40

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA
#41

Naropa University

Boulder, CO
#41

The Wright Institute

Berkeley, CA
#45

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#46

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#48

The Sage Colleges

Troy, NY
#49

Kean University

Union, NJ
#50

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Psychology Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 754 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Mercer University Macon, GA
51 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
53 Carlos Albizu University - Miami Miami, FL
54 Adler Graduate School Richfield, MN
55 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
55 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
55 LIU Post Brookville, NY
55 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
59 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
60 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
61 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
61 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
61 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
64 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
65 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
65 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
67 Boston University Boston, MA
67 George Washington University Washington, DC
69 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA
70 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
70 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
70 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
70 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
74 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
75 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
75 Divine Mercy University Arlington, VA
77 Marymount University Arlington, VA
78 Denver Seminary Littleton, CO
78 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
78 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
81 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
82 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
82 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
84 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
84 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
86 Governors State University University Park, IL
87 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
88 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
89 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
89 Richmont Graduate University Chattanooga, TN
91 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
92 Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI
93 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA
93 The New School New York, NY
95 Hope International University Fullerton, CA
95 Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA
97 Azusa Pacific University College San Dimas, CA
97 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
97 Salem State University Salem, MA
97 Avila University Kansas City, MO
101 Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City, OK
101 Regis University Denver, CO
101 University of Georgia Athens, GA
104 Michigan School of Professional Psychology Farmington Hills, MI
104 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
106 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
106 Fordham University Bronx, NY
106 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
106 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
106 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
106 Queens College Queens, NY
106 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
113 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington DC Washington, DC
113 Rosemont College Rosemont, PA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
115 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
115 Florida International University Miami, FL
115 Cambridge College Boston, MA
115 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
119 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
119 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
119 Antioch University - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
119 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
123 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
123 University of North Texas Denton, TX
123 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
126 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
126 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA
126 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
126 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
130 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
130 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
130 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
133 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
133 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT
133 Franklin University Columbus, OH
136 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
136 Utah State University Logan, UT
136 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
136 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
140 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
140 George Fox University Newberg, OR
140 The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology Seattle, WA
143 Yale University New Haven, CT
143 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
143 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
143 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
143 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
143 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
149 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
149 Yeshiva University New York, NY
149 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
149 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
149 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
149 Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX
149 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR

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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