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The 61 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Psychology

While the rate of disease developed from mental illness and disabilities in the United States has increased, so has the need for professionals with the ability to observe, research, diagnose, and treat. Psychologists are among the helpers in a world where unseen ailments can be overlooked or written off as systems of acting out, bad attitudes, and other dissociative reactions. By exploring an online master’s in psychology, aspiring students are qualifying themselves for industrial, organizational, and forensic career settings.

For those who are interested in pursuing licensure to work in school, clinical, or private practice settings, an online master’s in psychology is a step towards a qualifying factor, a doctorate in psychology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay in 2019 for industrial and organizational psychologists was a lucrative $92,880 with a faster-than-average job outlook of 12.3% over the next 8 years. With this credential, students open up a variety of career paths in business, criminal justice, healthcare, and more.

GetEducated has surveyed 73 schools offering 153 accredited online master’s in psychology programs to create this “Best Buy” list for you. With the difference in tuition prices of the most expensive and most economical programs reaching upwards of $85,000, it is important to choose a program that not only meets academic and professional goals, but also fits into your budget. Explore every option before taking the next step in a professional psychology career.

Average Cost (In-state): ~$30,800
Least Expensive: Angelo State University ~$13,639.20
Most Expensive: Pepperdine University ~$98,270

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There are no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online master’s in psychology options. The online psychology degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2020 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

61 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Psychology

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Angelo State University
(TX)
$13,639.20
$28,831.20
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Union College
(KY)
$14,400.00
All Students
3
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$14,700.00
$11,025.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
4
Life University
(GA)
$14,966.00
All Students
5
Ball State University
(IN)
$15,258.00
$22,155.00
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$15,330.00
All Students
7
Life University
(GA)
$15,556.00
All Students
8
American Public University System
(WV)
$15,625.00
$10,100.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
9
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$15,719.00
All Students
10
Indiana Institute of Technology
(IN)
$17,045.00
All Students
11
University of Idaho
(ID)
$17,520.00
All Students
12
CUNY Graduate School and University Center
(NY)
$17,630.00
All Students
13
University of North Dakota
(ND)
$17,664.90
All Students
14
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$18,000.00
All Students
15
Touro University Worldwide
(CA)
$18,200.00
All Students
16
Park University
(MO)
$19,265.00
$13,985.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
17
Austin Peay State University
(TN)
$19,827.10
$27,477.10
In-State
Out-of-State
18
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$20,880.00
$16,200.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
19
University of Kansas
(KS)
$21,000.00
All Students
19
Tiffin University
(OH)
$21,150.00
All Students
21
Liberty University
(VA)
$21,236.00
$10,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
22
Adler Graduate School
(MN)
$21,565.00
All Students
23
Marian University
(WI)
$21,600.00
All Students
24
Los Angeles Pacific University
(CA)
$21,680.00
$19,520.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
25
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$21,846.00
$10,725.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
26
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$21,996.00
$11,700.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
27
Bellevue University
(NE)
$22,060.00
All Students
28
Prescott College
(AZ)
$22,568.00
All Students
29
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$22,722.00
$17,070.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
30
Kansas State University
(KS)
$22,769.60
All Students
31
Saint Leo University
(FL)
$23,825.00
All Students
32
National University
(CA)
$23,868.00
All Students
33
Lynn University
(FL)
$24,050.00
All Students
34
LeTourneau University
(TX)
$24,135.00
All Students
35
Franklin University
(OH)
$24,205.00
$19,381.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
36
George Mason University
(VA)
$24,360.00
All Students
37
Fielding Graduate University
(CA)
$24,545.00
All Students
38
The Sage Colleges
(NY)
$24,755.00
All Students
39
Florida National University
(FL)
$25,340.00
All Students
40
Baker College
(MI)
$25,420.00
$13,612.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
41
Capella University
(MN)
$25,710.00
$23,235.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
42
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$25,920.00
All Students
43
Walden University
(MN)
$26,480.00
$22,628.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
44
Northcentral University
(CA)
$26,940.00
$18,900.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
45
Northcentral University
(CA)
$27,170.00
$18,980.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
46
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$27,265.00
$20,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
47
Northcentral University
(CA)
$27,320.00
$19,130.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
48
Capella University
(MN)
$27,635.00
$24,967.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
49
University of Houston-Victoria
(TX)
$27,647.76
$54,233.76
In-State
Out-of-State
50
Northcentral University
(CA)
$27,730.00
$19,390.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
51
Northcentral University
(CA)
$27,880.00
$19,540.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
52
National Louis University
(IL)
$27,924.00
All Students
53
Capella University
(MN)
$28,185.00
$25,462.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
54
Roosevelt University
(IL)
$28,440.00
All Students
55
Regent University
(VA)
$28,525.00
$21,943.80
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
56
Colorado State University
(CO)
$29,360.00
All Students
57
Divine Mercy University
(VA)
$29,628.00
All Students
58
National University
(CA)
$29,835.00
All Students
59
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$30,660.00
All Students
60
Medaille College
(NY)
$30,750.00
$29,220.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
61
Bay Path University
(MA)
$30,780.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Capella University
(MN)
$30,820.00
$27,850.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Albizu University
(FL)
$31,223.00
All Students
Daemen College
(NY)
$31,282.00
All Students
William James College
(MA)
$31,410.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IN)
$31,760.00
$24,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
William James College
(MA)
$32,290.00
All Students
College of Saint Elizabeth
(NJ)
$32,531.00
All Students
Sofia University
(CA)
$32,725.00
All Students
Adler University
(IL)
$32,744.00
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$32,956.00
All Students
William James College
(MA)
$33,360.00
All Students
Saint Cloud State University
(MN)
$33,379.10
All Students
Bay Path University
(MA)
$34,320.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$34,825.00
$29,769.30
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northeastern University
(MA)
$35,580.00
All Students
Brandman University
(CA)
$39,600.00
$24,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
(TX)
$41,320.00
All Students
Brandman University
(CA)
$41,580.00
$25,200.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Naropa University
(CO)
$42,550.00
All Students
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$43,343.00
All Students
Palo Alto University
(CA)
$43,809.00
All Students
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$44,541.00
All Students
Drexel University
(PA)
$45,477.00
$42,454.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Brandman University
(CA)
$45,540.00
$27,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Simmons College
(MA)
$45,645.00
All Students
Meridian University
(CA)
$46,166.00
All Students
Golden Gate University
(CA)
$46,305.00
$20,475.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$48,135.00
All Students
Pepperdine University
(CA)
$50,720.00
All Students
John F Kennedy University
(CA)
$54,660.00
All Students
Pepperdine University
(CA)
$57,060.00
All Students
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$58,917.00
All Students
Alliant International University
(CA)
$59,440.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$65,552.00
All Students
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$72,095.00
All Students
Pepperdine University
(CA)
$98,270.00
All Students

 

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Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, the online master’s in psychology program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

6  National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2020 review of regionally accredited online master’s in psychology. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the Request More Information in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

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