Top Psychology Masters Programs in the U.S.

Jul 27, 2018

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 list with at-a-glance facts about other schools in the U.S. that offer master's degrees in psychology.

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Master's degree programs in psychology provide advanced education in the field, often giving students the opportunity for research or clinical experience, depending on their future career goals. 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, James Madison University, and Fairfield University. All of these universities were nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University was ranked the number one psychology school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, the most recent year for rankings of that kind. The school was also ranked fifth on the top universities list by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Although the university doesn't offer a separate master's degree program in psychology, a co-terminal Master of Arts (M.A.) is available. This option is open to students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology. Program emphasis is on teaching and research.

James Madison in Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University is a public institution that placed eight among regional universities in the South and second for southern public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The Department of Graduate Psychology offers an M.A. in Psychological Studies. Students in this 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. Additionally, the university offers three M.A./Ed.S. degrees in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and school psychology.

Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University was ranked second among regional universities in the north for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report. Through the graduate school of applied professions, students can earn a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology or a Master of Arts in School Psychology. A Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also available for students who are interested in pursuing counseling careers in the future.

More Psychology Master's Programs

Here are a few more universities with outstanding psychology education offerings at the master's degree level.

College/University Name Distinction Location
Loyola University Students can enroll in a 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 Offers a joint Law/M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program Valparaiso, IN
Villanova University Offers a five-year B.A./M.S. in Psychology program Villanova, PA
Xavier University Offers an M.A. in Experimental Psychology program Cincinnati, OH

Whether students are interested in psychology research, counseling, or other applications, there are master's degree programs that allow for advanced studies in the field.

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