Top 10 Psychology Grad Schools

There are many great schools out there where you can earn a graduate psychology degree. We've identified 10 of the best. What makes these graduate schools so great? They offer a range of psychology programs and degrees, tremendous flexibility for both traditional and non-traditional students, online and on-campus programs, and much more. The table below offers a summary, but make sure you click on the links below to read our reviews and get information directly from the schools.

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Summary - in alphabetical order
Transfer Credits


Masters: 12 credit hours max.
PsyD: 24 credit hours max.
Masters: $925
Doctorate: $1,030
Undergrad: 12 - 90 max.
Grad: 30 semester hours max.
Undergrad: $550
Masters: $950
Doctorate: $950
Varies by degree Undergrad: $510
Masters: $625
Doctorate: $827


PhD Only
Yes Masters: $855
Doctorate: $1,070
N/A Undergrad: $33,696
Graduate: $11,294 - $33,696
Undergrad: 90 semester hours max.
Masters: 6 semester hours max.
Doctorate: 12 semester hours max.
Undergrad: $335
Masters: $560
Doctorate: $600
Masters: 9 semester hours max.
Doctorate: 12 semester hours max.
Certificate: $640
Masters: $640
Doctorate: $840
N/A Undergrad: $12,900/quarter
Graduate: $8,390 - $12,900/annual
Yes (no min or max listed) Undergrad: $225
Masters: $380
Doctorate: $445
Residencies Required
N/A Undergrad: $38,300;
Grad: $32,500

School Reviews

The Adler School of Professional Psychology

The School is named after Alfred Adler (1870-1937), the first community psychologist, whose theories and teachings of psychology emphasize the uniqueness of every individual's relationship and connection with society. Adler School is committed to continuing the work of Alfred Adler by producing socially responsible graduates, by providing holistic services to individuals and communities, and by promoting social justice.

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has 2 campuses, Chicago and Vancouver. There is no on-campus housing. Only graduate degrees are offered at this school. Students may transfer credits from accredited Universities up to 12 credit hours for masters programs and 24 credit hours for Psy.D programs. The GRE is not required for admission.

2010 - 2011 Tuition - Chicago and Fort Wayne

  • Standard MA Credit Hour = $925
  • Standard Psy.D Credit Hour = $1,030
  • Dissertation Credit Hour = $1,030
  • Internship (per term) = $1,030
  • Half-time Internship (per term) = $515
  • CPD MAP Rate with Deferred Billing = $1,100
  • Non-CPD MAP Rate = $925
  • Audit MA Credit Hour = $460
  • Audit Psy.D Credit Hour = $515
  • Preparation Course = $175

2009 - 2010 Tuition - Vancouver (Canadian Dollars)

  • Tuition (per credit hour) = $640
  • Tuition - Audit (per credit hour) = $320


  • Doctor of psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • M.A. Counseling (Chicago only)
  • M.A. Counseling (Vancouver only)
  • M.A. in Organizational Psychology (Vancouver only)
  • Online/Hybrid M.A. Counseling
  • M.A. Gerontological Counseling
  • M.A. Art Therapy
  • M.A. Marriage & Family
  • M.A. Counseling & Organizational
  • M.A. Counseling Specialization in Rehabilitation
  • M.A. Counseling Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology
  • M.A. Counseling: Specialization in Forensic Psychology

In addition to degree programs, Adler School offers concentrations in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Primary Care Psychology, Substance Abuse Counseling, Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis, and Organizational Development.

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Alliant International University

Alliant International University prides itself on the diversity of its student body. "International" is our middle name, and for good reason. Alliant has students from almost every state in the US -- plus 407 international students from 69 different countries including Cameroon, Botswana, Greece, Iceland, Portugal and Turkey. This University was first known as the California School of Professional Psychology. In 2000, the name was changed to Alliant University.

Alliant International University has several campuses. There are 6 in California (Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco). There are also campuses in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Singapore. Not all degrees are offered in every campus so check their on-line site for specific degree program locations. Many degrees and classes are also available online. Alliant University has residential halls on some campuses. Alliant offers undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees. The GRE is required for admission.

Tuition - San Diego

  • Undergraduate Tuition per semester (12-16 units) = $7,500
  • Tuition per semester unit = $550

Education Creditional Programs

  • Tuition per semester unit = $540
  • Student teaching per semester unit = $540

Masters Degree - California

  • Psychology MA, MS per semester unit = $950
  • Psychology PhD, PsyD per semester unit = $950
  • Forensic Psychology PhD, PsyD = $950
  • Internship Tuition per semester (full time) = $2,850
  • Internship Tuition per semester (half time) = $2,400

Tuition - Mexico City

  • Undergraduate per semester unit = $350
  • Graduate per semester unit = $400


  • Marital and Family Therapy (MA, PsyD)
  • Clinical Psychology (MA, MS, PhD, PsyD)
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology Postdoctoral MS
  • Clinical Psychology plus Industrial-Organizational Psychology (PhD, PsyD)
  • Clinical Psychology plus Organizational Behavior (PhD, PsyD)
  • Counseling Psychology (MA)
  • Forensic Psychology (PhD, PsyD)
  • Organizational Behavior (MA)
  • Organizational Development (PsyD)
  • Educational Psychology (MA, PsyD)
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MA, PhD)
  • Organizational Psychology Post-Doctoral
  • International Relations (MA, BA)
  • Forensic Behavioral Studies (BA)
  • International Relations (BS)
  • Psychology (BA)

Certificate Programs

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Biofeedback
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Gerontology
  • Infant-Preschooler Mental Health
  • Latin American Family Therapy

They also offer concentrations in fields such as health, substance abuse, child/family, forensics, gender studies, and multicultural psychology as well as in the major schools of psychotherapy such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and child ecosystemic therapy. Our programs are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise in and commitment to preparing professionals to work effectively with diverse and multicultural populations. Check individual campuses for degree availability.

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Argosy University

The history of Argosy University began with the combination of three schools with three distinct areas of educational focus: American Schools of Professional Psychology, the Medical Institute of Minnesota, and the University of Sarasota. The combination of these three schools created Argosy University, an academic institution that serves the needs of adult students in four academic programs areas: education, business, health sciences and psychology.

Argosy University has several campuses including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hawaii, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Sarasota, Schaumburg, Seattle, Tampa, Twin Cities and Washington DC. Argosy offers a BA in Psychology, various master's degrees (see below), and a doctorate degree in Psychology. Classes are flexible and offered in a variety of learning formats including on-line. The GRE is not required for admission.


  • Doctoral Programs per credit hour = $827
  • Master Programs per credit hour = $625
  • Undergraduate Programs per credit hour = $510


  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology (PsyD)

Available Masters Degrees

  • Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology/Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Community Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology/Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Pastoral Community Counseling
  • Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Sport-Exercise Psychology
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

Available Online Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology
  • Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling
  • Forensic Psychology (MA)
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology (MA)
  • Sport-Exercise Psychology (MA)
  • Psychology (BA)

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

>The Chicago School is the nation's oldest and largest graduate university focused exclusively on psychology and related behavioral sciences. As a professional school, the focus is not strictly on research and theory, but on preparing students to become outstanding practitioners, providing direct service to help individuals and organizations thrive. The Chicago School was established by practicing psychologists committed to providing high-quality professional psychology training in a not-for-profit setting. Initial plans for the school were made in 1977 and realized in January 1979 by the nonprofit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has campuses in Chicago (obviously), Los Angeles, Orange County, Washington D.C., Irvine, Westwood, and Grayslake. The Chicago School is a graduate school, therefore, no undergraduate degrees are offered. There are, however, a wide variety of psychology degrees available and there are also online degrees offered. The GRE is only required for admission in Doctorate degrees. There is no on-campus housing. Transfer credits are allowed from accredited Universities that are equivalent in curriculum.


  • PsyD / PhD per credit hour = $1,070
  • Master Programs per credit hour = $855
  • EdS program credit hour = $885
  • Internship per semester = $650
  • Note: Audit is 1/2 tuition per credit hour


  • International Psychology (PhD)
  • Organizational Leadership (PhD)
  • Clinical Psychology (PsyD) - Concentrations include: Child and Adolescent Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, International Psychology & Human Rights, Organizational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Geropsychology, and School Psychology.
  • Business Psychology (PhD, PsyD)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (MA, PsyD) - Concentrations include: Instructional Design, Developmental Disabilities, and Supervision & Consulting.
  • School Psychology (EdS)
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology (MA)
  • Forensic Psychology (MA) - Concentrations include: Child Protection, Sex Offenders, or Corrections.
  • Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization (MA) - Concentrations include: Child and Adolescent Treatment, Health Psychology, Latino Mental Health, Supervision and Leadership in Community Mental Health, Treatment of Addiction Disorders, and Generalist.
  • Clinical Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization (MA)
  • Psychology (MA, PsyD) - Concentrations include: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Generalist.
  • Marital and Family Therapy (MA, PsyD)
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology (MA)
  • Counseling Psychology (MA)

Online Degrees

  • Organizational Leadership (PhD)
  • International Psychology (PhD)
  • Psychology (MA non-licensure) - Concentrations include: Child and Adolescent Psychology , International Psychology, Gerontology, Organizational Leadership, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Generalist.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA)
  • Forensic Psychology (MA, non-licensure)
  • Certificate: Post-Masters BCBA
  • Certificate: Applied Forensic Psychology Services

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Walden University

Walden University was founded in 1970 by two teachers seeking a better way for adults to pursue advanced degrees without leaving the workforce. That vision meant rethinking the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom to allow broader access to quality higher education through distance learning. Walden University offers a wide variety of formats including on-line, off-line (download course content), and MobileLearnSM-enabled courses allow students to easily download course content to mobile devices. This flexibility makes it easier to work an education into a busy schedule.

Walden University is an exclusively online University. During certain times, however, students are required to complete residencies where they meet with class members and faculty face to face. Walden University offers undergraduate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Transfer credits are allowed from accredited Universities that are equivalent in curriculum. No GRE is required for admission.


  • PhD course per credit hour = $445
  • 4-Day Residency (need 2) = $890 each
  • 6-Day Residency (need 2) = $1,325 each
  • 12-Day Residency (see licensure) = $2,250 each
  • Internship (per term) = $1,785
  • Forensic Psychology (MS) per credit hour = $380
  • Psychology (MS) per credit hour = $380
  • Psychology fundamentals (BS) per credit hour = $100
  • Psychology general education (BS) per credit hour = $235
  • Psychology (BS) per credit hour = $255
  • Psychology certificate per credit hour = $445


  • Child Development (BS)
  • Psychology (BS, MS, PhD)
  • Forensic Psychology (MS)
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MS)
  • Mental Health Counseling (MS)
  • Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
  • Health Services (PhD)
  • Human Services (PhD)
  • Education Specialist (EdS)

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University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies was founded June 18, 1998 as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (COSPP), to provide a professional graduate education in psychology to individuals who seek licensure as psychologists or practice in other arenas of the profession. The University's Core Values are Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Diversity. Administrators, staff, faculty members, Board Members, and students must strive to embody these Core Values in all their activities and dealings with individuals both inside and outside the Rockies community.

University of the Rockies is located in Colorado Springs, CO. Classes are offered on campus or online. This university specializes in psychology degrees and is for graduate programs only. Transfer credits are allowed from accredited Universities that are equivalent in curriculum. Courses are offered during the day, evening, and on the weekend. Regular classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Practicum and Dissertation classes are 9 weeks long. No GRE is required for admission.


  • Graduate certificate per credit hour = $640
  • Masters per credit hour = $640
  • Doctorate per credit hour = $840
  • Audit 1/2 tuition per credit hour

Graduate Certificates

  • Business Psychology
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership

Masters Degrees

  • Business Psychology
  • Career Management and Counseling
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Educational Leadership
  • Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • Executive Coaching
  • General Psychology
  • Health and Wellness Psychology
  • International Leadership
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Mental Health Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Organizational Consulting
  • Organizational Diversity
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Professional Counselor
  • Sports and Performance Psychology

Doctorate Degrees

  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Educational Leadership
  • Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • Executive Coaching
  • Health and Wellness Psychology
  • International Leadership
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Mental Health Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Organizational Consulting
  • Organizational Diversity
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Sports and Performance Psychology

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Northcentral University

Northcentral University was founded to provide working professionals with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally-relevant, and academically-rigorous education. As a regionally accredited, online university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and graduate certificates through its Schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, Psychology and Marriage and Family Sciences. NCU utilizes a one-to-one teaching model—one student is paired with a faculty member in each course— to create a more personalized, mentoring experience for students. All NCU faculty hold doctoral degrees and our doctoral programs do not have residency requirements.


  • Doctoral, Master's, and Bachelor's degrees are offered in Psychology

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Stanford University

Stanford is recognized as one of the world's leading universities. Established more than a century ago by founders Jane and Leland Stanford, the university was designed, as clearly stated in the Founding Grant, to prepare students "for personal success and direct usefulness in life" and "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization."

Today Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students to become the next generation of leaders.

Stanford University is located in California between San Francisco and San Jose. Stanford offers undergraduate degrees and doctoral degrees. Stanford does not have masters degrees because students accepted into a graduate program of study are expected to complete course work until they have earned the doctorate degree. Stanford does offer co-terminal masters degrees for students who are enrolled in a doctoral program. The GRE is required for admission to graduate programs of study.


  • Undergraduate (per quarter) = $12,900
  • Graduate (11-18 units) = $12,900
  • Graduate (8,9,10 unit rate) = $8,390
  • Each graduate unit above 18 = $860


  • Psychology (BA, MA)
  • Psychology Certificate of Advanced Studies
  • Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MA)
  • Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (PhD)

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Harvard University

Harvard University, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, the University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 18,000 degree candidates, including undergraduates and students in 10 principal academic units. Seven presidents of the United States - John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George W. Bush - were graduates of Harvard. Its faculty have produced more than 40 Nobel laureates.

Harvard is located in Cambridge, MA and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Like Stanford, students are accepted in doctoral programs as opposed to masters programs and are expected to complete the doctorate if accepted. Non-terminal Master's degrees are awarded on an individual case-by-case basis.


  • Undergraduate = $33,696
  • Graduate (first 2 years) = $33,696
  • Graduate (3rd and 4th year) = $11,294


  • Psychology (BA, MA)
  • Psychology (BS)
  • Social Psychology (PhD)
  • Cognition, Brain, and Behavior (PhD)
  • Experimental Psychopathology (PhD)
  • Clinical Psychology (not APA accredited) (PhD)
  • Developmental Psychology (PhD)

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Yale University

Yale University comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale. Yale's commitment extends to its own practices.

Yale pledged in 2005 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below the 1990 level by the year 2020. This represents a 43% reduction from the 2004 level. Yale College offers need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid to all applicants, including international applicants. Yale commits to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all applicants, and more than 40% of Yale students receive financial assistance. Most financial aid is in the form of grants and scholarships that do not need to be paid back to the University, and the average scholarship for the 2006-2007 school year was $26,900.

Yale also offers many free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale offers several psychology degrees for undergraduates as well as doctoral degrees. Students are admitted to doctoral programs in the same manner as Harvard and Stanford. Students are expected to complete graduate school for the doctoral degree and not a terminal master's degree. The GRE is required for admission.


  • Undergraduate = $38,300
  • Graduate = $32,500


  • Psychology (BA, MA)
  • Psychology (BA, BS)
  • Cognitive Science (BA, BS)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social/Personality Psychology

Rather than having specific tracks, students develop their own unique programs of study that meet general departmental standards and fulfill requirements that will enable them to obtain appropriate internships and to sit for state licensing examinations.

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