Masters in Psychology School Rankings

Masters in Psychology School Rankings

Identifying the best graduate programs in psychology is usually a task of sorting through the US News & World Report survey of U.S. universities and graduate schools that is published annually. However many of the psychology departments at the top universities do not offer the master's degree as a terminal degree, remaining focused on the PhD is the sole postgraduate option in the field. So our collection of top schools is drawn from the US News analysis of the best psychology programs, tempered by the requirement that the programs on our list must have a viable Master of Psychology program for students who wish to pursue an education in psychology at that level. The result is a list of top tier universities that have grown with the times and chosen to offer a Master's in Psychology for people who are seeking a profession other than collegiate teaching and research.

  1. University of Southern California offers two master's programs in the Department of Psychology. The Master of Arts in Psychological Science is part of a five year program offered to undergraduates in psychology who are exceptional students. While the degree is designed to encourage further academic activity in the field, it is a terminal degree. There is also a Master's in Human Behavior, which is the degree meant for individuals who would like to depart USC with a graduate degree in psychology and work in a business environment.
  2. University of Michigan/Dearborn has a Master of Science in Psychology program that offers the degree with two areas of specialization. The MS in Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Health Psychology is a two year program that trains students to work in primary care settings as well as in the traditional clinical environment. The MS in Psychology in Health Psychology is also a two year program, which offers further specialization with several elective options.
  3. Fordham University offers a Master of Science in Applied Psychological Methods for individuals who wish to move into the workforce with the skills to work in a social/behavioral profession. This is a thirty credit program that can be completed in less than two years with full time study. The specialization in Program Evaluation provides students with the ability to evaluate non-profit and social service programs from a psychological perspective. The Tests & Measurement specialization focuses on the research and quantitative analysis tools used to apply statistical methods to the processes of evaluation and research.
  4. Penn State University/Harrisburg has a Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology, the degree that makes the counseling profession possible for a master's level graduate in psychology. In Pennsylvania as in all states counselors must be licensed. This is one of the degrees that make a counseling license possible. It is a forty eight credit program with optional certificates in clinical health psychology and clinical psychology for licensure.
  5. Fairleigh Dickenson University offers a Master of Arts in General Theoretical Psychology which is essentially the preparatory step for the PhD program, but is deemed sufficient to allow graduates to work in child development, experimental psychology and behavior disorders. The Master of Arts in School Psychology, with a curriculum designed to meet the licensure standards for a certified school psychologist.
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