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Inside Look at Clinical Psychology Master’s Programs Online

Are you passionate about helping people discover how their past affects their present lives? Earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology can open doors to advantageous and in-demand job opportunities. Read on to learn more about top online clinical psychology master’s programs.

Author: Michael Hoffman
Editor: STEPS Staff

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For individuals seeking to evaluate and treat mental illnesses, provide psychiatric therapy to individuals, families, and groups, and address abnormal behavior, an online Master’s degree in clinical psychology is an excellent choice. This degree program provides access to a broad range of in-demand and high-paying employment opportunities. Moreover, it serves as a stepping stone to earning a doctorate and becoming a licensed clinical psychologist.

Healthcare professionals can benefit from the convenience, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness of an online clinical psychology Master’s program. With various options to select from, this guide can assist in finding the ideal program. The following information and recommendations can aid in locating an accredited online Master of Clinical Psychology degree program, leading to a fulfilling profession as a clinical psychology expert.

The Top Online Clinical Psychology Master’s Programs of 2024

From any location, an online clinical psychology Master’s degree program can set you on the right track. These top-rated programs have earned recognition based on various factors, including accreditation, cost, and online program availability. A school’s overall affordability and online accessibility play a significant role in its ranking. Discover which online master’s programs in clinical psychology stand out in 2024.

About the ranking

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.

Assign Weightings

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).

Online Learning

  • Number of online programs in subject area self-reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Percentage of graduate students at the school taking at least one class online.

Affordability

  • Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on in-state tuition for graduate students per academic year.

Academic Quality

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: Schools with lower ratios ranked higher.
  • Percentage of students admitted. More selective schools ranked higher.

About Our Data

All STEPS rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: August 2023

Accreditation Glossary

ABHE: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

ABHES: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

ACCSC: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

DEAC: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

HLC: Higher Learning Commission

MSCHE: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

NECHE: New England Commission of Higher Education

NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

TRACS: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

WSCUC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission

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Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

There are several reasons why individuals looking to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) should consider Pepperdine University's Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology online program. The curriculum offers a specialty in marriage and family therapy, providing the necessary skills and training needed to help a wide range of clients — from individuals to couples and families. But whether students want to become LMFTs or LPCCs, the core curriculum remains the same, with the difference in coursework coming through electives. Many of the classes are available online, with synchronous coursework available at day or evening hours. While there are several in-person components, most notably the extensive clinical practicums, Pepperdine University has more than 130 approved sites where students can complete these experiential learning requirements.

Program Highlights:

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

  • Credits: 62-68
  • Length: 8-12 semesters
  • Cost: $1,875/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: WSCUC
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Placement Yes
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 13:1