Best psychology graduate programs in California

Psychology is a dynamic field with career opportunities in counseling, teaching, business, and more. A graduate degree in psychology can advance your knowledge in a particular subfield and lead to additional career opportunities. Read more about how we rank the best graduate psychology programs here.

Our master’s in psychology rankings cover 326 of the 607 universities available, accounting for 81% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $44,486.

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#1 in California | #1 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Economic score: 0.19

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $82,103

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $28,787

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $24,256

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.30

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #3 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Fresno

Fresno, California

Economic score: 0.22

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $77,418

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $30,325

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $28,375

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.37

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #17 in Psychology nationally

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

Economic score: 0.38

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $61,652

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,777

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $29,641

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.48

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #30 in Psychology nationally

Touro University Worldwide

Los Alamitos, California

Economic score: 0.44

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $54,190

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,227

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $25,666

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #32 in Psychology nationally

Alliant International University, San Diego

San Diego, California

Economic score: 0.45

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,214

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $36,189

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $66,278

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.80

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in California | #39 in Psychology nationally

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $63,833

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,271

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $43,702

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.68

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in California | #40 in Psychology nationally

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $77,704

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $27,949

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $60,845

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.78

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in California | #41 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, California

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $61,713

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,771

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $37,100

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.60

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in California | #49 in Psychology nationally

California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

Arcata, California

Economic score: 0.56

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $58,243

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,316

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $40,452

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.69

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in California | #56 in Psychology nationally

California State University, San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Economic score: 0.58

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $54,690

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,305

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $32,735

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.60

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in California | #63 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Chico

Chico, California

Economic score: 0.60

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $56,663

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,561

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $40,832

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.72

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in California | #64 in Psychology nationally

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.61

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,365

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $31,999

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $82,786

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.99

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in California | #83 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Economic score: 0.70

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $60,583

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,232

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $48,158

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.79

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in California | #101 in Psychology nationally

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, California

Economic score: 0.78

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $47,221

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $126

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $36,956

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.78

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in California | #105 in Psychology nationally

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 0.80

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $54,315

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,225

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $50,218

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.92

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#16 in California | #120 in Psychology nationally

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

Economic score: 0.86

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $48,432

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,171

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $38,311

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.79

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in California | #134 in Psychology nationally

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Economic score: 0.90

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $59,076

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,795

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $61,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.04

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in California | #147 in Psychology nationally

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, California

Economic score: 0.96

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $64,556

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,131

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $83,996

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.30

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in California | #148 in Psychology nationally

Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, California

Economic score: 0.96

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $47,596

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $5,332

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $41,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.86

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#20 in California | #154 in Psychology nationally

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, California

Economic score: 0.98

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $63,766

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,976

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $82,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.29

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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How long does it take to pay down debt in psychology in California?

Years

1.4 years

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in psychology is covered by average graduate earnings in 1.4 years.

How much do graduates with master's degree in psychology earn in California?

Salary

$53,430

The median master's degree in psychology graduate earns $53,430 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in psychology cost in California?

Net cost

$26,936

The average annual cost of a master's degree in psychology is $26,936. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.