On this page
- Ranking the Best Psychology Programs in California
- Top Online Psychology Degree Programs in California
- Highlighting Online California Psychology Degrees
- Types of Psychology Degrees You Can Earn in California
- Financial Aid and Scholarships for Psychology Students in California
- Job Outlook and Earnings Potential for Psychology Grads in California
- Resources for Psychology Professionals and Students in California
Back TO TOP
The demand for licensed psychologists in California continues to grow. According to the California Employment Development Department, this demand is expected to grow 10.6% between 2020 and 2030, and should result in an estimated 4,900 more job openings during that ten year span.
Aspiring psychologists and anyone wanting to work in mental health, social work, human resources, and similar careers can choose from dozens of traditional or online psychology programs in California. Keep reading to learn about this year’s best accredited programs, explore career options and salary potential after graduation, and more.
Ranking the Best Psychology Programs in California
Choosing the psychology program in California that is right for you begins with knowing what top-tier schools offer, even if you end up going with a different option. To help you learn what a quality program looks like, we’ve highlighted three of the very best schools for psychology in the state. Learn more about what each college offers below and what makes them special — and see if one of their psychology programs sounds like a good fit for your education and career goals. Stay tuned for our full list of top psychology programs in California later this year.
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
California State University, Long Beach
Top Online Psychology Degree Programs in California for 2024
Whether you’re a working professional or just prefer the flexibility of online learning, California’s top psychology programs have you covered. With hybrid or fully online options available, you can continue working while pursuing your education. While some programs still require in-person practicums, many undergraduate online programs don’t require them. However, they may include on-campus intensives or seminars.
If you’re interested in pursuing an online psychology degree in California, there are many options to choose from. We’ve ranked the best overall options to help you find a quality program that’s right for you.
College Ranking Methodology
Generate List of Eligible Schools and Programs
To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
- Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- At least one program in the subject area offered partially or fully online.
- Career placement and academic counseling services.
After generating the list of eligible schools, the STEPS data team then assigned weights and ranked schools based on their performance in a variety of key categories. Affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings, followed by online learning and academic quality metrics (equally weighted).
- Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on in-state tuition for undergraduate students per academic year.
- Percentage of students who receive institutional financial aid (directly from the school).
- Average amount of institutional financial aid awarded.
- Number of online programs in subject area self-reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Percentage of students at the school taking at least one class online.
- Student-to-faculty ratio.
- Percentage of full-time, first-time students graduating within 6 years.
About Our Data
All STEPS rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data S