Graduate Psychology School
Graduate psychology school is very competitive has especially high educational standards. A doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) or Ph.D. degree is typically required to be licensed as a clinical or consulting psychologist. Ph.D. and Psy.D. holders also work in a range of teaching, research, clinical, counseling positions. Master’s degree programs exist, but qualify holders for a much more limited range of work. (In fact, many top psychology schools do not even offer master’s programs.)
Doctoral programs in psychology usually require five years of full-time post-baccalaureate study. The graduate psychology school class size is often small, with many schools accepting fewer than 20 new students each year. Competition for admittance to clinical psychology programs is especially keen. Top schools may review twenty or more applications for each class space.
The following table lists some highly regarded graduate psychology programs.
Many of these average GRE scores are estimates as many schools don’t report their averages and some that do only publish scores from some years back. Where masters and Ph.D. programs are both offered, our averages are composites for both. Finally, please remember that averages are just that. Some applicants will be successful with below-average GRE scores and some will need to score about the average to be competitive.