Top Psychology Masters Programs in the U.S.

Find out which top schools in the U.S. offer master's degrees in psychology. Read about the programs available at three high-ranking universities, and find a table with at-a-glance facts about other schools in the U.S. that offer master's degrees in psychology.

School Overviews

Most of the top-ranked graduate psychology schools in the U.S. offer doctoral or co-terminal programs in psychology. While terminal or co-terminal master's degree programs are limited in number, they can be found at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin in Madison and James Madison University. All of these universities are highly ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford University was ranked the number one psychology school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford University fourth on its list of the top universities in the country. Program emphasis is on teaching and research. Although the university doesn't offer a separate master's degree program in psychology, students can earn a co-terminal Master of Arts (M.A.). This option is open to students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology.

2. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

School Highlight: In addition to the MA degree, the department of Psychology at James Madison University also offers three combined M.A./Ed.S. programs in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and school psychology, as well as a Master's in college student personal administration.

James Madison University is a public institution that placed sixth among regional universities in the South and second for southern public schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The Department of Graduate Psychology offers an M.A. in Psychological Studies, as well as three M.A./Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees. Students enrolled in the M.A. in Psychological Studies program can pursue one of four concentrations: behavior analysis, applied research, experimental psychology or quantitative psychology. First-year students also take part in a research apprenticeship.

Top Psychology Master's Degree Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Fairfield University Foundations of Advanced Psychology study track Fairfield, CT
Loyola University in Maryland Master's plus Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program Baltimore, MD
New York University Master's degree program allows for a specialized track in social and consumer psychology New York, NY
Santa Clara University M.A. in Counseling Psychology program includes a marriage and family therapy (MFT) track Santa Clara, CA
Valparaiso University Joint Law/M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program Valparaiso, IN
Villanova University 5-year B.A./M.S. in Psychology program Villanova, PA
Xavier University M.A. in Experimental Psychology program Cincinnati, OH

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