So you think you want to go to graduate school… Now what??

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So you think you want to go to graduate school… Now what??. Psychology Graduate School Information Session March 28, 2013 Prof. Azarbad. Overview. Types of graduate programs available Searching for the right program Application process and timeline - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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So you think you want to go to graduate school Now what??Psychology Graduate School Information SessionMarch 28, 2013Prof. AzarbadOverviewTypes of graduate programs availableSearching for the right programApplication process and timelinePreparing yourself to be a strong candidatePanel discussion

P.S. We are being videotaped 2Types of ProgramsMasters ProgramsDoctoral ProgramsTypically 2-3 years longTypically 5-7 years longCan enter with a Bachelors degreeCan enter with a Masters or Bachelors DegreeAverage GPA for admission: 3.0+ (some 2.75)Average GPA for admission: 3.5+Typically prepares you for a career in clinical work/counseling, or as a stepping stone to a doctoral degreePrepares for a career in clinical work, research, and teachingTypes: Masters in Counseling, Masters in Clinical Psychology, Masters in Social Work, Masters in School Psychology, Masters in Marriage and Family therapy, etc.Ph.D. (any field of study)Psy.D. (only for clinical psychology)Applied FieldsApplied Fields (Ones that train you to do assessment/counseling)ClinicalCounselingMasters of Social Work (MSW)Masters of School PsychologyTypes: Child, Adult, Health, Forensic, Geriatric, etc. Types: General or specialty tracks (Health, School, etc.)Research FieldsResearch Fields (Ones that train you to do research/teaching, but not clinical work) CognitiveDevelopmentalIndustrialSocial/PersonalityExperimentalBiologicalBehavioralNeuroscience Ph. D. vs. Psy. D.Emphasize practice and researchSmaller classesLower acceptance rateTypically in university depts.Offer more funding to studentsLonger (5-8 years)Emphasize practice over researchLarger classesGreater acceptance rateOften in free-standing professional schoolsOffer less funding to studentsShorter time line (5-6 years)6How do I know which program is right for me?Answer the Miracle Question: Assume you are done with your education. Tomorrow, you get to wake up and go to your dream job. What would you be doing?

Other considerationsLong-term goals (teaching, research?)FundingLocationAcademic ReadinessCommitment

Starting your search1. Graduate Programs in Psychology bookIn library, and also on reserve in the Psychology main office

2. Visit program websitesLook for the training modelSpecialty tracks offeredAdmission criteria

Compare Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs within the same school PSY.D Vs. PH.D.The application processResume/Curriculum VitaeTranscriptsLetters of recommendation (typically 3)Personal Statement (SO Important!!)Seek faculty inputGRE (maybe)GRE Informational session, April 9, 12:30-1:30 pm, Goldspohn 20Content and structure, scores, test prep, test taking strategies, GRE resourcesGetting In book (in Psychology main office)Timeline (See handout)

9Preparing yourself nowEnhance your academic achievementsResearchInternships/Volunteer workMarlene Starzyk, Career CenterGet involved extra-curricularlyStudy for the GREStart your resumeTalk to your advisor about coursework/experiences that will better prepare you for your intended path10Additional Resources Career Development Center (located on 2nd floor of Stadium)

Have conversations with faculty within your areas of interest

Reach-out to alumni who work in the field(s) you are considering