Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s in Psychology

Featured below is a list of the top 25 most affordable master’s in psychology degree programs in the United States. These programs were chosen based on our affordability ranking with data used from the Institute of Education Sciences NCES College Navigator. These rankings are based on the average graduate student tuition and fees for the academic year. The list can be sorted alphabetically by clicking directly on the blue resource bar. The degree programs can also be sorted with specific terms (e.g. counseling, sport, child, industrial/organizational) using the instant search filter box. If you would like to see if your state has any top 25 programs, simply type the name of your state in the instant search filter box.

Aspen University The AU Master of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling is structured around courses that address primary theories of individual and family counseling as well as addiction-specific topics related to the treatment and prevention of substance abuse. Graduates will increase their understanding of addiction, including its psychological and neurological aspects and appropriate treatments.
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University of Texas Permian Basin The UTPB Master of Arts in Psychology has two concentrations: Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology. The Clinical Psychology concentration offers training in child, adolescent, and adult disorders. The Experimental Psychology concentration focuses on advanced psychological theory, research methods, statistics, and manuscript preparation. UTPB offers small class sizes, individualized mentorship, and hands on experience in the field.
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Westfield State University (BACB) The WSU Department of Psychology offers the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals who work in a number of different settings such as schools, including traditional and special education classrooms, business and industry specific employers, healthcare, and other community based environments. The MA in Forensic Mental Health Counseling will prepare students for jobs that address the mental health needs of offender populations.
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American Public University System The APU Master of Arts in Psychology blends scientific theory and principles with academic research and applicable skills that are sought by industry professionals. This online degree program emphasizes the factors related to human behavior including lifespan development, social and cultural diversity, assessment, personality, and psychopathology.
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Avila University (MPCAC) The AU Master of Science in Psychology offers students an in-depth survey of the diverse research, theory, and practices of psychology’s many sub-disciplines. Three tracks include: research, mental health and general. Au also offers a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology is designed to help graduates meet the educational criteria required for licensed mental health counselors in Kansas and Missouri.
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Midwestern State University (MPCAC) The MSU Texas Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology/Counseling Psychology (MACCP) graduates are eligible to sit for licensure as either professional counselors, psychological associates, or both. Students can expect to become knowledgeable in a variety of theories of personality, principles of assessment, and methods of therapy.
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Doane University (CACREP) The DU Master of Arts in Counseling is designed to develop highly competent mental health counselors who are skilled in the delivery of direct service, knowledgeable about current empirical and theoretical developments, and capable of critically evaluating clinical research. The Doane MAC program is designed to train students in the specialty area of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
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Minnesota State University Mankato MSU Mankato offers a Master's in Clinical Psychology provides rigorous academic and applied training particularly suited to students who wish to pursue doctoral study. The Mankato Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology emphasizes research and consulting to prepare graduates for careers in management consulting, human resources, and market research.
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Liberty University The Liberty MA in Applied Psychology Online provides students with foundational training in the study of psychology with the goal of glorifying God by understanding and optimizing human functioning. The industrial organization concentration will train you to apply knowledge of psychology to understand human thinking and behavior in organizational settings. Liberty also offers a developmental concentration and a MA in Forensic Psychology.
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Loras College The LC Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and new graduate students. The curriculum is specifically designed for individuals who plan to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) after completion of the program.
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John F. Kennedy University The JFKU MA in Sport Psychology students will learn from faculty who are pioneers in the field and push the boundaries in an ongoing effort to improve sport psychology through both research and practice. This program is offered on campus and online
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Delaware Valley University (MPCAC) The DelVal MA in Counseling Psychology cohort structure ensures small classes, personal attention and feedback, ethical development, and individualized clinical placements. Program tracks include social justice community counseling or child and adolescent counseling. Our students practice and refine their skills in our state-of-the-art counseling lab.
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville SIUE offers a MA Degree in Clinical Psychology includes rigorous coursework in such areas as psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychopathology, biopsychology, and research and statistics. It is intended for students who seek master's-level training appropriate for clinical work with primarily adult clients. Many of our graduates enter doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or other fields, either immediately after graduation or after some time in the field.
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville The SIUE Master of Science in Clinical Child and School Psychology anticipated many developments in both school and clinical child psychology as it emphasizes prevention, the ecological/systems approach, and the consultative role of the psychologist. Further, the program focuses on evidence based practices, such as behavioral and cognitive interventions.
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville The SIUE Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology offers a rare blend of the scientist-practitioner model, requiring students to complete both a research-based thesis and several required field hours of practicum. The philosophy of our program is to provide the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand and solve a wide variety of behavioral problems that occur in organizations.
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Concordia University Chicago The CUC MA in Psychology is widely respected for its ability to prepare graduates with the qualifications essential to pursuing a career in academic research and instruction of psychology. Students will find this curriculum’s rigorous combination of timely theory and hands-on research experience an ideal foundation for pursuit of careers in education, research, and mental health across both academic and institutional sectors.
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William Carey University The WCU Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology is designed to prepare individuals for ministry and employment in a variety of fields: school guidance programs, community mental health centers, religious counseling centers, private practice, mental health institutions community based facilities, and pastoral care. Concentrations include: school counseling, Christian counseling, counseling, gerontology, child and adolescent counseling, and school psychometry.
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Union College UC offers a Master of Arts in General Psychology Online and a MA in Clinical Psychology Hybrid program. The General Psychology program is designed to prepare the student for further graduate study, teaching at the college level or for personal enrichment. The Clinical Psychology program is designed to develop effective master’s-level practitioners and involve training in the delivery of psychological services.
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Salem State University (BACB) SSU offers a MS in industrial/Organizational psychology which prepares students for careers in human resources, organizational development, change management, and leadership development. SSU also offers a MS in Behavior Analysis which prepares students as basic or applied scientists in research and applied settings.
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Morehead State University (MPCAC) The MSU has two options: Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Enrollment in the master's degree program is limited and admission is highly competitive. Graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in academia, public and private mental health facilities and more.
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Anna Maria College The AMC Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program provides an integrated, comprehensive approach to training to help influence your career as a mental health professional. Electives include: Marriage and Family Counseling, Outreach Counseling with courses related to homelessness and poverty, Positive Psychology, Psychological Trauma, Substance Use, Addiction, and Recovery, and more.
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Bridgewater State University (MPCAC) The BSU Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology offers specialization in clinical-psychotherapy, and can serve as your gateway into the field of human services or as a stepping-stone into a doctorate program. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of psychology within the framework of a strong clinical emphasis.
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Saint Michael's College The St. Mikes Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology provides opportunities for the in-depth study and analysis of both the research tradition of academic psychology, as well as the theoretical and case study tradition of professional psychology. Vermont is one of only a handful of states that licenses psychologists at the Master's level for independent practice.
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University of Southern Mississippi (MPCAC) The USM M.S. in Counseling Psychology provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become licensed professional counselors and to pursue doctoral education in psychology, if desired. Our program is modeled after the licensure requirements in the State of Mississippi. Utilizing a scientist-practitioner training model, our goal is to train counselors who are informed consumers of research.
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Salve Regina University (BACB) The SRU MA in Applied Behavior Analysis incorporates the six master’s-level courses and practicum experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to qualify to sit for the national certification exam. Coursework such as ethics and professional conduct, measurement and data analysis, behavior change techniques, assessment and systems management prepares students for the national certification exam.
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