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Thinking about applying to graduate school?. What can you do this summer to prepare?. Is graduate school for you?. What are your career goals? Do you need to go to graduate school? Graduate school is a huge investment Potential 2-7 (or more) years A lot of money

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Thinking about applying to graduate school

Thinking about applying to graduate school?

What can you do this summer to prepare?


Is graduate school for you

Is graduate school for you?

  • What are your career goals?

    • Do you need to go to graduate school?

  • Graduate school is a huge investment

    • Potential 2-7 (or more) years

    • A lot of money

    • Time commitment (full time job)

  • Only 33% of undergrads went directly into a Ph.D. program (2011).

    • If you are feeling burnt out – think about postponing for a year

      • Don’t waste the year off!


Sorting out the letters

Sorting out the letters

  • M.S or M.A

    • 2 years, thesis

    • Can be a springboard into a doctoral program

  • Doctoral Degrees

    • 5-7 years (+ 1 year internship for clinical)

    • Ph.D. – doctor of philosophy

      • Research degree

      • Emphasized research and academic training

        • Clinical – trains for clinical practice as well

    • Psy.D. – doctor of psychology

      • Professional degree

      • Emphasizes clinical training – NOT research or teaching

      • More $, less financial support


So you want to go to grad school

So you want to go to grad school….

Masters Programs

Rated High Importance

Letters of Rec (99%)

GPA (73%)

Research Exp (72%)

GRE (59%)

Interview (57%)

Overall fit or match!

Rated High Importance

GPA (79%)

Letter of Rec (74%)

GRE (48%)

Research Exp (27%)

Interview (26%)

Overall fit or match!

Doctoral Programs


What should you do this summer to help prepare

What should you do this summer to help prepare?

  • GRE!! (more on this later)

  • Find programs of interest

    • Top 5 programs handout

  • Start preparing drafts of your documents


How to find information about programs

How to find information about programs?

  • Graduate Study in Psychology book

    • around $25

    • updated every year

  • Online – visit the school’s online site

  • Talk to graduate students enrolled in the program – they can give you insider information / views on the program


How to choose a program

How to choose a Program

  • If it is a Ph.D. program that you are considering, can you get your Master’s Degree along the way?

  • If you are considering a clinical program, is it APA approved?

  • Is the school located in a place that you are willing to live for two to six years?

  • Are the research interests of the faculty compatible with yours?

  • What is the reputation of the department?

    • For information about the national rankings of various programs, visit the following website: http://www.socialpsychology.org/ranking.htm


Documents you can start working on

Documents you can start working on

  • Personal statement

  • Curriculum Vita

  • Getting your letter writers figured out

  • Many schools have specific admission essay prompts


The gre

The GRE…

  • Alyssa Nagy

    • Campus Manager of Graduate Programs for Kaplan


Future questions

Future questions

  • Come talk to me!!

  • [email protected]

  • 773-325-4623

  • Byrne Hall 518

  • Look for focused seminars in the fall

    • Personal statements and vitas

    • Rec letters

    • Application process


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