Home Best colleges Psychology Applied Psychology

The Best Applied Psychology Programs for Bachelor’s Students – 2024

Applied psych students learn how to use the principles and methods of psychology to solve day-to-day problems in various contexts. Most programs have a highly practical focus. If you don’t want to go to grad school, a bachelor’s in applied psychology can unlock entry-level positions at human services agencies or a job in HR, for example.  

Below, we list the best applied psychology bachelor’s programs – ranked by value for money.  

Is a bachelor's in applied psychology worth it?

Studying psychology can lead to a highly rewarding career. However, economically speaking, it’s a pretty bad investment at the bachelor’s level. Someone with a bachelor’s in clinical, counseling, or applied psych earns $7,040 less per year than the national average for all bachelor's holders. 

Just 4 years after earning their degree, the average bachelor’s student in clinical, counseling, or applied psychology earns $44,048 per year. 

Note that if you choose to pursue a doctorate, you could enjoy much higher earnings, with fully licensed clinical psychologists earning $80,000 – $90,000 a year according to the BLS.  

Unsure if you really want to pursue a bachelor’s in applied psychology? Use our tool below to compare several degrees based on outcomes like future earnings. Find out which are worth it, and which just aren’t.  

    Click on a degree card to reveal more information.
    Poor Value
    Applied Psychology
    AVERAGE SALARY $44,048
    COST $17,563

    Bottom 40% of all degrees by ROI

    EARNINGS PLUS

    EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark that Degreechoices adjusts based on each school’s unique mix of academic programs and the in-state/out-of-state composition of the student body.

    -$7,040
    PAYBACK

    Payback measures how long it takes the average student to pay back the total cost of attending college with marginal earnings. Marginal earnings are the difference between what the average student would have earned before attending college and what they earn afterwards.

    4.6
    ECONOMIC SCORE

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    5.38
    add-plus
    add-plus

    How we made this list

    We rank degrees by value for money, i.e., return on investment (ROI). This rewards colleges that are the “best deal,” offering higher salaries after you leave school for relatively low costs up front. You can read more on our methodology page.  

    This ranking includes 14 accredited applied psychology bachelor’s programs at 4-year universities in the U.S. We only include schools that disclose sufficient earnings and/or cost data to the National Center for Education Statistics. Community colleges, fully online schools, and non-accredited institutions were excluded. 

    To be included on this list, programs must be registered as Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology - 42.28 in the Department of Education’s CIP code classification system. These programs may be referred to by slightly different names by the universities themselves. You can explore how the Department of Education categorizes psychology degrees on the NCES website.   

    While school-level data on this page is for applied psychology degrees, aggregated data about how much applied psychology bachelor’s grads earn is for the more general CIP Code Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology (42.28). 

    Filters

    14 Results

    • Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Clear all filters

    The 20 best applied psychology bachelor’s programs

    Sort By
    Cost
    Earnings
    Rankings
    Ranking methodology
    #1 in Applied Psychology | #13 in Psychology

    Farmingdale State College

    Farmingdale, New York

    Economic score 1.58

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $9,002

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $49,661

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 62%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #2 in Applied Psychology | #44 in Psychology
    Economic score 2.29

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $35,442

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $71,212

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 66%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #3 in Applied Psychology | #127 in Psychology

    Pace University

    New York, New York

    Economic score 3.22

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $30,268

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $57,765

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 61%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #4 in Applied Psychology | #150 in Psychology

    Oregon Institute of Technology

    Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Economic score 3.40

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $15,680

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $44,697

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 60%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #5 in Applied Psychology | #147 in Psychology

    Boston College

    Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

    Economic score 3.50

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $36,599

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $58,439

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 95%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #6 in Applied Psychology | #707 in Psychology
    Economic score 3.92

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $11,484

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $38,140

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 60%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #7 in Applied Psychology | #282 in Psychology
    Economic score 4.25

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $13,832

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $40,641

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 54%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #8 in Applied Psychology | #69 in Psychology
    Economic score 4.45

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $13,107

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $41,565

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 71%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #9 in Applied Psychology | #533 in Psychology

    Mount Saint Mary's University

    Los Angeles, California

    Economic score 6.69

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $30,938

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $49,729

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 71%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #10 in Applied Psychology | #577 in Psychology
    Economic score 6.76

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $28,582

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $43,260

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 68%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #11 in Applied Psychology | #612 in Psychology

    Champlain College

    Burlington, Vermont

    Economic score 7.29

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $33,224

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $44,447

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 67%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    #12 in Applied Psychology | #745 in Psychology

    Belhaven University

    Jackson, Mississippi

    Economic score 12.34

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $16,228

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $29,564

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 53%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    Hodges University

    Fort Myers, Florida

    Economic score 7.57

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $21,145

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $36,417

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 34%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    Keystone College

    La Plume, Pennsylvania

    Economic score 14.09

    Our economic score ranks programs based on a combination of payback and EarningsPlus. Lower scores are better. Check our methodology page for details and data sources.

    Cost $25,268

    The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

    Earnings $34,498

    Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

    Graduation rate 48%

    Graduation rates below the school’s state average are shown in red. Schools with graduation rates in the bottom 25% nationally (48%) are not  displayed.

    Applied psychology bachelor’s programs in your state

    Best jobs if you have a bachelor's in applied psychology

    $30,920
    Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary
    $68,230
    Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
    $125,620
    Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
    $140,040
    Marketing Managers

    Getting a bachelor's in applied psychology online

    Because they are convenient and affordable, online degrees are getting more and more popular.  

    On average, 4 years after graduating, people with an online bachelor’s in clinical, counseling, or applied psychology earn $39,676 yearly, which is 11% less than the average for all clinical/counseling/applied psych bachelor’s holders. Data comes from NCES  and covers both fully online and hybrid programs.  

    Average salary with a bachelor's in applied psychology

    The average salary of people with a bachelor's in clinical, counseling, or applied psychology, 4 years after graduating college, is $44,048. Data comes from NCES.  

    The table below shows how much people earn on average with a degree in counseling/clinical/applied psychology at various levels. Note that associate-level data is for degrees merely labeled “psychology.”  

    Not enough doctorate-level data is publicly available for us to show you earnings figures, but according to the BLS, licensed psychologists, who generally need a PhD, earn $85,330 per year.