2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Psychology

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Based on student and alumni reviews, this list ranks the top 25 master's in psychology programs in the country. There is quite a diverse collection of colleges on this list, including prestigious Ivy League universities like Yale University and University of Pennsylvania to familiar public colleges like the University of Miami, Purdue University - Main Campus, University of Arizona, and Michigan State University. Annual tuition also varies. University of Louisville charges $11,866 for in-state tuition, while Baylor University costs $30,150 and Washington University in St. Louis is $47,620 per year.

Duke University holds the #1 spot with a 99% student recommendation rating. Students consistently brag about the large stipends offered by Duke. One student respondent said, "The pros are that the stipend is one of the best in the country and the health insurance is very good. The cost of living is relatively low and it's a fun place to live for young adults." Another student commented on the support of the faculty, saying, "There is an emphasis on mentorship and many students continue to have connections with their advisors after graduation. It's an extremely supportive program that offers all of the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to be successful." If you would like to read more student testimonials click on the university names below.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Duke University Campus Location Durham (NC) 2018 Student Score 96.90
#2 #2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Campus Location Chapel Hill (NC) 2018 Student Score 95.95
#3 #3 Rivier University Campus Location Nashua (NH) 2018 Student Score 95.67
#4 #4 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Location Minneapolis (MN) 2018 Student Score 94.78
#5 #5 University of Pennsylvania Campus Location Philadelphia (PA) 2018 Student Score 93.89
#6 #6 Washington University in St. Louis Campus Location Saint Louis (MO) 2018 Student Score 93.67
#7 #7 California State University-Dominguez Hills Campus Location Carson (CA) 2018 Student Score 93.16
#8 #8 Michigan State University Campus Location East Lansing (MI) 2018 Student Score 93.00
#9 #9 Purdue University - Main Campus Campus Location West Lafayette (IN) 2018 Student Score 92.94
#10 #10 California Institute of Integral Studies Campus Location San Francisco (CA) 2018 Student Score 91.76
#11 #11 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2018 Student Score 91.22
#12 #12 Yale University Campus Location New Haven (CT) 2018 Student Score 90.88
#13 #13 Baylor University Campus Location Waco (TX) 2018 Student Score 90.67
#14 #14 University of Virginia - Main Campus Campus Location Charlottesville (VA) 2018 Student Score 90.24
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) University of Louisville Campus Location Louisville (KY) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#15 (tie) #15 (tie) University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2018 Student Score 90.00
#17 #17 University of Miami Campus Location Coral Gables (FL) 2018 Student Score 89.23
#18 #18 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2018 Student Score 88.82
#19 #19 Carlos Albizu University-Miami Campus Location Miami (FL) 2018 Student Score 88.75
#20 #20 University of South Florida - Main Campus Campus Location Tampa (FL) 2018 Student Score 88.57
#21 #21 University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus Location Madison (WI) 2018 Student Score 88.33
#22 #22 Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Location Atlanta (GA) 2018 Student Score 88.00
#23 #23 University of California-Davis Campus Location Davis (CA) 2018 Student Score 87.75
#24 #24 John F. Kennedy University Campus Location Pleasant Hill (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 87.12
#25 #25 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2018 Student Score 86.90


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.