What Are the Top Schools with Psychology Master's Degrees?

Students who hold a master's degree in psychology can pursue careers in such fields as counseling and social work or continue their education in a doctoral program. Three of the top schools awarding psychology master's degrees are profiled below. Schools offering Psychology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Top Psychology Graduate School Program

Choosing a graduate program to obtain a master's in psychology can be tricky, since there are so many graduate schools with exceptional programs. When selecting a psychology graduate school, you could choose to focus on the range of specializations or sub-fields the school has to offer. It is also imperative that the school you choose to attend is accredited, in order for your master's degree to be widely accepted for employment.

Three Top Psychology Graduate School Programs

New York University

New York University received a 36th place ranking among U.S. News & World Report's top graduate psychology programs in 2017. The Master of Arts in General Psychology program features specialization options in such areas as forensic psychology, clinical psychology, cognition/perception, social and consumer psychology, neuroscience and developmental psychology. If you're interested in pursuing a career with a consulting firm or in an human resource department, the school also offers an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. New York University's graduate programs in psychology include:

  • MA (Master of Arts) in General Psychology
  • MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Boston University in Massachusetts

Boston University's graduate psychology program received a 39th place ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The school's M.A. is conferred to students en route to earning a doctoral degree, though the program is also available to master's degree candidates interested in research, business or human services careers as well as for those who plan on continuing their education in other fields. Program curriculum is interdisciplinary and requires you to complete a series of courses in two or more areas, such as clinical psychology; developmental science; or brain, behavior and cognition.

  • MA in Psychology

Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA

The university's M.A. program in general psychology can prepare you for human services careers or continuing education at the doctoral level. Its clinical psychology master's degree program features an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and is offered in day and evening formats. There's also an opportunity to pursue an added specialization in Latinas/os marriage and family therapy.

  • MA in Psychology
  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy

Top Ten Graduate Schools with Master's Psychology Programs

College/UniversityTypeLocation
Stanford UniversityPrivate, 4-yearStanford, CA
University of California-BerkeleyPublic, 4-yearBerkeley, CA
University of California-Los AngelesPublic, 4-yearBerkeley, CA
Harvard UniversityPrivate, 4-yearCambridge, MA
University of Michigan - Ann ArborPublic, 4-yearAnn Arbor, MI
Yale UniversityPrivate, 4-yearNew Haven, CT
Princeton UniversityPrivate, 4-yearPrinceton, NJ
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Public, 4-year Champaign, IL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Private, 4-year Cambridge, MA
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Public, 4-year Minneapolis, MN

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