2017 Top Master's in Psychology

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This list ranks the top 22 schools that offer graduate degrees in psychology, based on student ratings. John F. Kennedy University, University of Arizona and Pepperdine University top the list, all with 100% student approval ratings. Other colleges include lesser-known, but well-regarded, names such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Palo Alto University, Alliant International University and The New School. Annual out-of-state tuition varies from a high of $49,064 at Northwestern University, to a low of $6,098 - $27,790 at Arizona State University. Out-of-state tuition at Loyola University Maryland is a modest $15,270.

One student praises the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in their review, writing, "The Department of Psychology at UT Austin is full of great faculty and staff that are always very supportive." Another student enthusiastically endorsed the same program with their comment, "My faculty adviser, lab mates, and peers [are] all smart, supportive, and engaged." Click on the names of the schools listed below to read more reviews of our top-rated psychology programs or check out the list of schools offering master's in psychology degrees online.

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Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 John F. Kennedy University Campus Location Pleasant Hill (and 2 others) 2017 Student Score 86.49
#2 #2 University of Arizona Campus Location Tucson (AZ) 2017 Student Score 86.10
#3 #3 Pepperdine University Campus Location Malibu (CA) 2017 Student Score 85.95
#4 #4 Nova Southeastern University Campus Location Fort Lauderdale (FL) 2017 Student Score 84.22
#5 #5 Virginia Commonwealth University Campus Location Richmond (VA) 2017 Student Score 83.76
#6 #6 Alliant International University Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.57
#7 #7 University of California-Davis Campus Location Davis (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.53
#8 #8 University of Central Florida Campus Location Orlando (and 7 others) 2017 Student Score 83.17
#9 (tie) #9 (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology Campus Location Atlanta (GA) 2017 Student Score 80.93
#9 (tie) #9 (tie) Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 81.08
#11 #11 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Campus Location Champaign (IL) 2017 Student Score 79.93
#12 #12 Chicago School of Professional Psychology Campus Location Multiple Locations 2017 Student Score 78.86
#13 #13 University of Georgia Campus Location Athens (GA) 2017 Student Score 78.63
#14 #14 University of Florida Campus Location Gainesville (FL) 2017 Student Score 78.43
#15 #15 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 77.69
#16 #16 Palo Alto University Campus Location Palo Alto (CA) 2017 Student Score 77.40
#17 #17 Teachers College at Columbia University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 76.80
#18 #18 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 76.59
#19 #19 The University of Texas at Austin Campus Location Austin (TX) 2017 Student Score 74.21
#20 #20 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 73.75
#21 #21 Loyola University Maryland Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 69.34
#22 #22 The New School Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 67.03


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 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major 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 your 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.