Worldwide, the highest-ranked psychology programs are at Harvard, Kings College in London and Yale. For graduate programs, Stanford University is the top-ranked school for psychology, according to U.S. News and World Report in 2013.
The worldwide ranking comprises the best global universities based on research and reputation in psychology and psychiatry fields. Graduate programs are ranked based on surveys completed by academics at peer institutions.
Other graduate schools in the top five rankings are the University of California in Berkeley and in Los Angeles, which tied for second ranked, followed by Harvard, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale, tied for fourth ranked.
Harvard was first ranked for both global universities as well as in the field of psychology. Kings College was ranked number 61 total, but number 2 for psychology, and Yale was ranked number 17 overall but third in psychology.
Stanford is consistently highest ranked for psychology, where students focus on sub-areas of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, affective science and social psychology. The graduate program admits between 10 and 15 new graduate students per year.
Many students who major in psychology as an undergraduate continue to graduate school in order to work as a professional in the field.