Best psychology graduate programs in Tennessee

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 Tennessee | #7 in Psychology nationally

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Economic score: 0.29

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: $88,221

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $22,836

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: $34,423

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

Debt to earnings: 0.39

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 Tennessee | #12 in Psychology nationally

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Economic score: 0.35

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: $73,667

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $6,989

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: $28,183

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 Tennessee | #158 in Psychology nationally

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Economic score: 1.00

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: $50,008

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,742

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: $56,342

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

Debt to earnings: 1.13

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 Tennessee | #167 in Psychology nationally

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee

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: $40,958

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,976

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: $41,000

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

Debt to earnings: 1.00

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 Tennessee | #192 in Psychology nationally

Freed, Hardeman University

Henderson, Tennessee

Economic score: 1.21

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: $44,971

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $717

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: $55,112

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

Debt to earnings: 1.23

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 Tennessee | #266 in Psychology nationally

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

Economic score: 1.96

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: $38,217

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $9,000

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: $60,720

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

Debt to earnings: 1.59

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 Tennessee | #273 in Psychology nationally

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Economic score: 2.18

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: $33,189

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $10,833

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: $54,625

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

Debt to earnings: 1.65

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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Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

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University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

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

Years

Under 6 months

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in psychology is covered by average graduate earnings in under 6 months.

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

Salary

$68,471

The median master's degree in psychology graduate earns $68,471 3 years after graduating.

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

Net cost

$14,840

The average annual cost of a master's degree in psychology is $14,840. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.