Top 25 Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Degree Programs in 2016

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By Kristen Fescoe
Published September 2016

For information about how we developed this ranking of the top doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree programs, see the methodology statement at the end of the article.


Ranking Top 25 Doctor of Psychology Degree Programs

#25: University of La Verne – La Verne, California

University of La Verne Best PsyD Programs

The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The College of Arts and Sciences

Points: 6
Program Website

This Psychology Department participates in a network of mental health agencies in the local surrounding areas to continue offering placements for graduate counseling students. These sites serve as practicum and internship training sites for the program. The curriculum of the PsyD program meets all of the educational and pre-doctoral clinical requirements for California licensure in psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#160 Best National University
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $12,654
Acceptance Rate: 46.6%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#24: Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois

Wheaton College Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Wheaton College Graduate School
The Division of Psychology, Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy

Points: 7
Program Website

This PsyD program is among just six APA-accredited Christian-based doctoral level programs in clinical psychology in the country. The mission of the program is to “train students to pursue justice, serve with excellence and develop holistically.”

US News and World Report Ranking:
#57 Best National Liberal Arts College
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $18,720
Acceptance Rate: 69.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#23: Florida Institute of Technology – Melbourne, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Neuropsychology
Forensic Psychology
Child and Family Psychology
Affiliations:
The School of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Points: 8
Program Website

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program offers students preparation in clinical training and research skills. Students have the ability to pursue special elective emphasis areas including: Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology and Child and Family Psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#161 Best National University
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Best Graduate Program in Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $21,690
Acceptance Rate: 61.6%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#22: Roosevelt University – Chicago, Illinois

Roosevelt University Best PsyD Programs

The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The College of Arts and Sciences

Points: 8
Program Website

In addition to the rigorous core curriculum, students who have completed their master’s degree have the ability to teach undergraduate psychology courses through the supervision of the Instructor Development course. There is also the availability for students to further their psychological training with relevant coursework in other related disciplines.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#112 Best Regional University – Midwestern Region
#170 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $18,390
Acceptance Rate: 76.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#21: California Lutheran University – Thousand Oaks, California

California Lutheran University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Graduate School of Psychology

Points: 8
Program Website

The 114 credit, full time PsyD program in Clinical Psychology trains students for rewarding careers as licensed doctoral-level clinical psychologists in a range of settings. The program offers extensive hands-on clinical training experiences.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#16 Best Regional University – Western Region
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $17,370
Acceptance Rate: 61%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#20: Immaculata University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Immaculate University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The College of Graduate Studies
Points: 8
Program Website

Immaculata students become familiar with psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics, as well as other areas relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Students work closely with a mentor when choosing classes to allow the plan of study to fully meet their individual needs. As an evening program, the curriculum addresses the academic needs of students who cannot attend a traditional full-time program.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#161 Best National University
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Publishes
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $12,240
Acceptance Rate: 75.9%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#19: Biola University- La Mirada, California

Biola University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Rosemead School of Psychology
The Psychotherapy Laboratory
The School of Intercultural Studies

Points: 8
Program Website

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program is a 76-semester hour program that includes 46 mandatory psychology units, 18 units of practicum and 12 units of elective psychology courses. Students have the unique opportunity to apply as many as 6 units of graduate coursework from the School of Intercultural Studies to specialize in this fascinating area.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#161 Best National University
Best Graduate Program in Psychology – Rank Not Published
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $10,026
Acceptance Rate: 75.4%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#18: University of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

University of Indianapolis Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine
Childhood & Adolescent Psychology
Adult Psychopathology & Psychotherapy
Affiliations:
The School of Psychological Sciences

Points: 9
Program Website

One of the largest strengths of the PsyD at the University of Indianapolis is the ability to earn the degree with one of three formal concentrations. Students can choose a concentration in Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, Childhood & Adolescent Psychology and Adult Psychopathology & Psychotherapy.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#30 Best Regional University – Midwestern Region
#157 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $34,292
Acceptance Rate: 66.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#17: Pepperdine University – Malibu, California

Pepperdine University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Points: 9
Program Website

The PsyD clinical training begins with participation in one of four university community-based clinics and highly respected training institutions and medical centers throughout the region. Students engage in “applied scholarship communities,” where they conduct dissertation research with a focus on clinical application and multicultural sensitivity. There are intentionally small classes to offer a supportive academic environment.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#52 Best National University
#25 Best Value School
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $30,200
Acceptance Rate: 35.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#16: Widener University – Chester, Pennsylvania

Widener University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Dual PsyD / Master of Business Administration
Dual PsyD / Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management
Dual PsyD / Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Dual PsyD / Master of Education in Human Sexuality
Biofeedback Graduate Certificate Track
Neuropsychology Graduate Certificate Track
School Psychology Graduate Certificate Track
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Child, adolescent, and family therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy/acceptance and commitment therapy
Consulting psychology
Cross-cultural and diversity psychology
Forensic psychology
Health psychology
Psychoanalytic psychology
Affiliations:
The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
The School of Human Service Professions

Points: 9
Program Website

The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology’s PsyD program is the longest-running program of its kind in the United States. Students are exposed to a wide range of modern, scientifically grounded approaches to assessment and intervention. There are seven available concentration areas, three joint degree programs and three additional certificate tracks.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#187 Best National University
#157 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $22,140
Acceptance Rate: 65%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#15: George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

George Washington University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
The Professional Psychology Program
The Center Clinic

Points: 10
Program Website

The PsyD program is undertaken in four years of training in clinical psychology, with a full time, three-year curriculum in residence at the university followed by a one-year internship. Successful completion of both elements culminates in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree. The program is unique in that it is a freestanding program (rather than a department) within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#57 Best National University
#78 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#113 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $27,810
Acceptance Rate: 43.8%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#14: Baylor University – Waco, Texas

Baylor University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The College of Arts and Sciences
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience

Points: 10
Program Website

Baylor’s PsyD program uses a practitioner-scientist model of training, which is based in models of training clinicians to have practice grounded in the science of psychology. Students learn to stay abreast of modernizations in the field through reading, learning, and career development.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#72 Best National University
#101 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#62 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $27,270
Acceptance Rate: 55.4%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#13: La Salle University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

La Salle University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
General Practice
Child Clinical
Clinical Health
Affiliations:
The School of Arts and Sciences

Points: 10
Program Website

The PsyD curriculum is delivered in a five-year full-time format, with the option for students to complete courses on a part-time basis for up to two years. There are a range of training opportunities areas such as in behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, weight/eating, anxiety, forensic psychology, suicide prevention, depression, emotion regulation, mindfulness, child psychology and autism.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#28 Best Regional University – Northern Region
#170 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $22,350
Acceptance Rate: 78.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#12: George Fox University – Newberg, Oregon

George Fox University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The School of Counseling Programs

Points: 10
Program Website

This PsyD program combines extensive classroom experiences, rigorous clinical training and comprehensive research opportunities, all with a Christian worldview. The committed learning environment allows students to receive pioneering mentoring and professional instruction. While enrolled, students earn both a masters and doctorate in clinical psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#28 Best Regional University – Western Region
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $14,592
Acceptance Rate: 76.4%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#11: Marywood University – Scranton, Pennsylvania

Marywood University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Psychology and Counseling Department

Points: 10
Program Website

The PsyD at Marywood educates students for careers providing cutting edge, ethical, and culturally sensitive services to a diverse population of clients. Students in this program become well versed in psychological research so they may apply findings to their own clinical practice. The curriculum uses a combination of electives, practica, internships, and post-doctoral training.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#41 Best Regional University – Northern Region
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $9,300
Acceptance Rate: 74.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#10: Pacific University – Forest Grove, Oregon

Pacific University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Adult Track
Child and Adolescent Track
Forensic Track
Health Track
Neuropsychology Track
Affiliations:
The College of Health Professions
The School of Professional Psychology

Points: 11
Program Website

The School of Professional Psychology supports a PsyD program that is grounded in the wide-ranging interests of faculty members, which offers students experience in a range of theoretical models. There are five optional tracks within the generalist program to provide students the ability to hone in on a specific area of study.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#25 Best Regional University – Western Region
#179 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $29,200
Acceptance Rate: 80.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#9: Loyola University Maryland – Baltimore, Maryland

Loyola University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Loyola College of Arts and Sciences

Points: 11
Program Website

Loyola Maryland’s full-time, five-year program of study (four years for those who hold a qualifying master’s degree) appropriately trains students for licensure in any state in the country. Clinical psychology students complete between four and five courses each semester with approximately 20 hours per week of clinical training. Additional requirements for the program are the written and oral comprehensive examinations and doctoral dissertation.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#3 Best Regional University – Northern Region
#141 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#135 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $15,210
Acceptance Rate: 59.6%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#8: Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, California

Azusa Pacific University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology
Affiliations:
The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
The Department of Graduate Psychology

Points: 11
Program Website

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology is offered with a focus on “systems thinking, diversity, and integration of faith/spirituality” into clinical practice. The curriculum offers courses and training that will meet the academic requirements in the state of California for licensure as a psychologist.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#175 Best National University
Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology – Rank Not Published
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $12,189
Acceptance Rate: 81.1%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#7: University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

University of Denver Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Points: 13
Program Website

The program spans a wide range of broad and general areas of psychological study using a carefully designed 135-credit curriculum. The curriculum includes coursework in areas such as: Theoretical/Scientific bases, Research Methodology and Data Analysis, Assessment, Developmental Foundations, Social Bases, Biological Bases of Behavior, Ethical Issues in Psychology, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Diagnosis and Psychopathology, Supervision and Consultation, Effective Therapeutic Interventions, and Professional Development.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#86 Best National University
#92 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#62 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $43,164
Acceptance Rate: 76.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#6: University of Hartford – West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Hartford Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Child and Adolescent Proficiency Track
Affiliations:
The Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology

Points: 14
Program Website

In addition to the traditional Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, students can enroll in the Child & Adolescent Proficiency Track. The Psychology Department understands that training to help children battling mental illness should be available at the doctoral training level. The Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology offers this Child and Adolescent Proficiency Track (CAPT) in clinical psychology.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#92 Best Regional University – Northern Region
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $11,700
Acceptance Rate: 72.1%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#5: Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Child Psychology
Applied Geropsychology
The Psychology of Severe Mental Disability
Affiliations:
The School of Arts and Innovation

Points: 14
Program Website

Xavier’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is a full-time program with a required 114 credit hours to graduate. The curriculum used in the first four years is divided into two major types of learning experiences: knowledge/academic based and skills/clinical based. One of the highlights of the program is the ability to earn specialization in one of three areas of Interest.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#8 Best Regional University – Midwestern Region
#124 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $10,908
Acceptance Rate: 73.2%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#4: Yeshiva University – New York, New York

Yeshiva University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Points: 19
Program Website

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is committed to a strong Student-Centered Training model. The faculty and staff provide a supportive academic environment where students can thrive. There are a number of practices in place to help students move through their studies with ample chances for advisement towards clinical placements, research advisement, teaching assistant positions, and several others.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#52 Best National University
#44 Best Value School
#158 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $19,800
Acceptance Rate: 81.8%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#3: Chestnut Hill College – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chestnut Hill College Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Couple and Family Therapy
Affiliations:
The Chestnut Hill College Assessment and Psychotherapy Clinic
The Graduate College

Points: 15
Program Website

In order to earn the PsyD, students must complete 117 credits, including practica, internship, and dissertation. Those students who possess a bachelor’s degree will complete 18 additional credits in the first two years of the program. Students who enter at Year I earn the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology while working toward the doctoral degree. Students with master’s degrees may apply to enter with Advanced Standing and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#45 Best Regional University – Southern Region
#17 Top Public School
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $15,960
Acceptance Rate: 61.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#2: Marshall University – Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Honors College
The College of Liberal Arts
The Graduate College

Points: 16
Program Website

The Marshall University PsyD uses a combination of coursework, field training and research to meet the goal of training skilled generalists in professional psychology. This PsyD program has been nationally recognized as a program firmly rooted in applied, professional clinical psychology. Graduates generally work in applied, service-oriented positions, working with clients, while also supervising and training other professionals.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#45 Best Regional University – Southern Region
#17 Top Public School
#143 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $5,978
Acceptance Rate: 86.9%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#1: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick – Piscataway, New Jersey

Rutgers University Best PsyD Programs
The Department of Clinical Psychology

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Psychology
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Psychology
Affiliations:
The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
The Center of Alcohol Studies
The Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Points: 19
Program Website

The PsyD is grounded in a strong mentorship model of training. Students are paired with research mentors at the onset of their graduate training program, and become involved in one or more faculty research projects. They will begin their training as apprentices in current projects, and will advance into roles of being more independent scientists. Students can work with both clinical psychology faculty, as well as non-clinical researchers in the Psychology Department. Many students engage in more than one research project.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#72 Best National University
#28 Top Public School
#60 Best Graduate Program in Psychology
#41 Best Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Average Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees: $16,272
Acceptance Rate: 60.5%
Accreditations:
American Psychological Association (APA)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

 

Ranking Methodology – Top Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Degree Programs

This ranking list was formulated using a list of American Psychological Association Accredited Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in Clinical Psychology. Only those schools with national recognition for overall excellence were included on this list. Factors considered:

Average Annual Cost of Graduate Attendance

One of the major factors being considered is the average annual cost of attendance. Schools offering academic training while also keeping student costs low are given higher consideration. Tuition data was collected using the College Navigator Tool.

Points:
Under $15,000 / $15,001 – $18,000/ $180,001 – $21,000:
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

College Ranking

The next consideration was whether or not a school has been granted acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The major source of such national notoriety comes from the US News and World Report Best Colleges List. The Data being considered for this ranking list is Clinical Psychology Ranking, Psychology Ranking, National Ranking, Regional University Ranking, Top Public School and Best Value Ranking.

Points:

US News and World Report Best National University Ranking, National Liberal Arts College Ranking, Graduate Psychology Program Ranking and Graduate Clinical Psychology Program Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 100 / Top 150 / Top 200
5 Points / 3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

US News and World Report Best Regional University, Best Value School and Top Public School Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 100 / Top 150
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Number of Degree Options or Areas of Specialization

While it may not be imperative in some fields to offer an array of areas of specialization, psychology is not one of those fields. With a vast number of possible specializations and concentrations it is important to graduate psychology students to have the ability to pursue a degree specialized to fit their career goals.

Points:
More than one area of specialization: 2 Points
More than one degree option: 2 Points

Accreditation

In order to be included in this ranking list an appropriate ranking body must regionally accredit each college or university. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge over schools without the stamp of accreditation.

Points:

Each Accreditation: 1 Point

Grading Process

Once the points have been tallied the schools are arranged into groups by the amount of points they have earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools with the lowest tuition rates. The main purpose of this list is to highlight the top PsyD programs in the United States. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

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