Best psychology graduate programs in Illinois

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 Illinois | #10 in Psychology nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Economic score: 0.33

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: $65,026

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,902

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: $28,809

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

Debt to earnings: 0.44

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 Illinois | #16 in Psychology nationally

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

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: $49,482

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $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: $18,759

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

Debt to earnings: 0.38

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 Illinois | #23 in Psychology nationally

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Economic score: 0.41

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: $59,776

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,632

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: $30,077

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

Debt to earnings: 0.50

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 Illinois | #42 in Psychology nationally

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

Economic score: 0.52

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: $47,762

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,160

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: $27,065

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

Debt to earnings: 0.57

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 Illinois | #115 in Psychology nationally

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

Economic score: 0.85

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: $48,539

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $344

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: 0.84

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 Illinois | #116 in Psychology nationally

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.85

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: $42,643

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,472

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: $31,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.74

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 Illinois | #129 in Psychology nationally

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Economic score: 0.89

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: $36,848

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,660

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: $27,804

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

Debt to earnings: 0.75

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 Illinois | #171 in Psychology nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.05

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: $54,863

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,849

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: $64,560

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

Debt to earnings: 1.18

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 Illinois | #178 in Psychology nationally

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.09

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: $48,027

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $2,798

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: $55,713

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

Debt to earnings: 1.16

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 Illinois | #179 in Psychology nationally

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

Economic score: 1.10

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: $47,792

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $687

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: $53,000

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

Debt to earnings: 1.11

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 Illinois | #234 in Psychology nationally

University of Illinois Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

Economic score: 1.47

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: $39,660

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $9,505

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: $47,111

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

Debt to earnings: 1.19

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 Illinois | #237 in Psychology nationally

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.49

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: $45,049

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,027

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: 1.37

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.

#13 in Illinois | #243 in Psychology nationally

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.51

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: $48,532

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $583

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: $72,345

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

Debt to earnings: 1.49

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 Illinois | #260 in Psychology nationally

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 1.84

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: $36,134

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,968

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: $51,102

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

Debt to earnings: 1.41

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 Illinois | #271 in Psychology nationally

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Economic score: 2.06

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: $39,001

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,054

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: $63,852

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

Debt to earnings: 1.64

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 Illinois | #283 in Psychology nationally

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score: 3.30

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: $45,779

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,514

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: $146,155

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

Debt to earnings: 3.19

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 Illinois?

Years

1.6 years

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in psychology is covered by average graduate earnings in 1.6 years.

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

Salary

$49,195

The median master's degree in psychology graduate earns $49,195 3 years after graduating.

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

Net cost

$21,350

The average annual cost of a master's degree in psychology is $21,350. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.