Some of the most popular and highest-rated graduate programs in psychology include Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles and Harvard University. Additionally, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Yale University, and Princeton University are also highly rated and popular universities for psychology graduate students, according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings.
According to the U.S. News and World Report rankings, some other popular universities include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. All of the ranked programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association in counseling psychology, clinical psychology and school psychology, although some programs are higher-ranked in certain specialties. For example, the University of California at Los Angeles is the highest-ranked program in clinical psychology.
When applying for graduate school, there are many aspects of a program to consider, including graduate employment rates and available funding. For example, many of the most popular programs provide funding for Ph.D. students, but less financial support for Psy.D. or master's candidates. Depending on the student's goals or desired degree, the most popular or highest-ranked programs may not provide adequate financing or opportunities to teach and practice.