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How many psychology degrees are awarded each year?

In the 2013 academic year, 6,496 psychology doctorates were awarded in the U.S., a 32 percent increase from 2004.

What are the acceptance rates for graduate psychology programs?

In the 2013–14 academic year, potential students submitted more than 110,000 applications to U.S. and Canadian graduate psychology programs, with an overall acceptance rate of 13 percent.

How long does it take to complete a doctoral degree in psychology?

In 2014, recipients of research doctorates in psychology took a median of 7.0 years (PDF, 47KB) from graduate school entry to complete their degrees, according to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates.

What percentage of undergraduate psychology majors continue on to earn graduate degrees?
In 2013, approximately 45 percent of psychology bachelor holders had graduate degrees in any field. For more information, see report The Economic Value of College Majors (PDF, 8MB) by Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce.
What percentage of psychology doctorates have bachelor's degrees in psychology?

In 2014, approximately 64 percent (PDF, 47KB) of recipients of research doctorates in psychology had bachelor's degrees in psychology, according to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates.

How much debt do recent doctoral graduates carry?

For 2013 and 2014 graduates, the median debt was $82,000, according to the survey by the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). Median debt was highest for health service psychology (HSP) PsyD graduates ($200,000).

What kind of financial aid do undergraduate psychology majors receive?
The type and amount of financial aid often depended on the type of institution in which the student is enrolled.
What is the gender and racial/ethnic composition of psychology doctorates?

By 2014, the ratio of women to men who received psychology doctorates had risen to 2.5 to 1. Since 2005, the number of doctorate recipients has grown by 12 percent among Black/African Americans, 36 percent among Hispanic/Latinos and 46 percent among Asians.