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 | #11 in Psychology nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Economic score: 0.24

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $65,026

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $29,609

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $28,809

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

Debt to earnings: 0.44

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #19 in Psychology nationally

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Economic score: 0.27

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $49,482

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,065

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $18,759

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

Debt to earnings: 0.38

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #29 in Psychology nationally

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Economic score: 0.30

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $59,776

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $24,359

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $30,077

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

Debt to earnings: 0.50

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #57 in Psychology nationally

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

Economic score: 0.42

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,762

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,345

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $27,065

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

Debt to earnings: 0.57

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #112 in Psychology nationally

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.61

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $42,643

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,226

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $31,500

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

Debt to earnings: 0.74

Calculated by dividing the debt 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

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

Economic score: 0.62

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $48,539

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,122

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 0.84

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #157 in Psychology nationally

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Economic score: 0.73

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $36,848

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,431

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $27,804

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

Debt to earnings: 0.75

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #172 in Psychology nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.76

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $54,863

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $19,446

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $64,560

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

Debt to earnings: 1.18

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #181 in Psychology nationally

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

Economic score: 0.78

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,792

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,375

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $50,548

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

Debt to earnings: 1.06

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #202 in Psychology nationally

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.86

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $48,027

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,610

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $55,713

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

Debt to earnings: 1.16

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #246 in Psychology nationally

University of Illinois Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

Economic score: 1.06

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $39,660

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,243

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $47,111

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

Debt to earnings: 1.19

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #249 in Psychology nationally

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.07

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,049

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,632

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $61,500

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

Debt to earnings: 1.37

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #253 in Psychology nationally

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.09

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $48,532

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,115

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $72,345

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

Debt to earnings: 1.49

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #263 in Psychology nationally

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.14

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,013

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,596

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $90,179

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

Debt to earnings: 1.70

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #270 in Psychology nationally

Adler University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 1.18

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $43,599

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,182

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $63,512

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

Debt to earnings: 1.46

Calculated by dividing the debt 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 | #295 in Psychology nationally

Concordia University-Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score: 1.39

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $36,134

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $717

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $51,102

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

Debt to earnings: 1.41

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in Illinois | #302 in Psychology nationally

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Economic score: 1.49

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $39,001

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,584

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $63,852

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

Debt to earnings: 1.64

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in Illinois | #320 in Psychology nationally

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

North Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 2.23

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $35,420

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $78,976

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

Debt to earnings: 2.23

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in Illinois | #322 in Psychology nationally

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score: 2.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,779

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,362

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $146,155

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

Debt to earnings: 3.19

Calculated by dividing the debt 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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