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Preparing for Graduate School

Want to go to graduate school in Psychology? Here are some things every student should know.

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Many psychology careers require graduate training. If an undergraduate student strives to be a counselor or clinical psychologist, administer and interpret psychological tests, teach psychology courses in high schools, community colleges or universities, or conduct research, they will need to pursue education in Psychology beyond the Bachelor's degree. Depending on career goals, a student may need to earn a Master's degree or Ph.D. in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work.

If a student has a career goal in mind, but is unsure what type of training they will need, it is important to first talk with Psychology's undergraduate advisor, Laura Hilliker.

Important Key Points about Graduate School:
  • It is important to plan, as early as possible, if planning to attend graduate school.
  • Academic performance as an undergraduate (overall GPA and major GPA) is evaluated by all graduate programs. If a student's GPA is under a 3.0, they may find it difficult to be admitted to a graduate program. Strong evidence illustrating academic potential may also be considered.
  • Most graduate programs require applicants submit scores from the General Record Examination (GRE). Take a free GRE practice test.
  • Graduate Programs often require multiple letters of recommendation from faculty or researchers.

For more information about Graduate School, please visit the links, explore:

  • GRE Website This site contains links that will register students to take any of the exams GRE offers, as well as resources for test preparation.
  • APA Doctoral Programs This page is part of the APA's website and has a listing of accredited programs in professional psychology. The listings are organized by type of program, including combined professional-scientific psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and school psychology. There are no listings for experimental programs (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social, or biopsychology).
  • Social Psychology Network The Social Psychology Network is maintained by Dr. Scott Plous of Wesleyan University, and is supported through an NSF grant. There are many links that pertain specifically to social psychology (i.e. social psych Ph.D. programs, social research groups) and to general psychology as well (i.e., psychology subject areas, rankings of US Ph.D. programs, psychology career center).
  • American Psychological Society
  • Check out this list of Graduate School Options
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