Getting into Psychology Grad School
Consider these useful tips when applying to grad school.
Choosing to apply to any graduate school is a big decision. Psychology grad school is no exception. Here are some tips to consider as you navigate the application process.
Most psychology graduate school programs look for a competitive score (above 1200) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a GPA above 3.3, and volunteer or paid experience in the field.
To maximize your chances of getting in consider these useful tips:
- Gain experience in the field: volunteer in a local hospital or clinic to gain practical experience.
- Work closely with your advisor: your advisor will guide you through the admission process.
- Community service: leadership roles will give you the chance to prove your abilities.
- Academic research: volunteer in a research lab and write about your results.
- Stellar letters of recommendation: get letters of recommendation from faculty members, physicians, or community leaders who know you well and have supervised your work directly.
- Excellent communication skills: convey in your application and interview why you’re a superb choice and wholly qualified to undergo training to become a psychologist.
Master’s Level Prerequisites
Coursework prerequisites for master’s programs in psychology generally include the following:
- Experimental psychology
- Abnormal psychology
- Social sciences
- Biological and physical sciences
Doctoral Level Prerequisites
Some doctoral programs require applicants to have a master’s degree in psychology. Other doctoral programs allow students to enter the program with a bachelor’s degree and work directly on a doctoral degree. Coursework prerequisites generally include the same classes as required for master’s programs.
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