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How to select a School and Degree program for Post Undergraduate Psychology Majors

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Research! Research! Do your homework on what schools you want to get into before you apply. What interests you about this school and its program? Have you visited your dream school? Have you spoken with students and faculty? Have you contacted students in the program you would like to enter? These are all questions you need to ask yourself and answer. Here are some other resources and ideas to think about when selecting a school:

  • Look into the school homepage and what they suggest when applying for their post graduate programs
  • Is the grad school you applying to accredited? Review schools on www.gradschool.com. This site will give you information about schools and psychology graduate programs.
  • What activities does the faculty engage in? Besides teaching is the faculty conducting research and publishing their studies?
  • Ask your professors what else they looked into when selecting their dream grad school
  • The American Psychological Association publishes a magazine for graduate students called gradPSYCH. The information can be found here: www.apa.org/gradpsych
  • Look at what opportunities and activities are available for graduate students. Does the campus have an active Psi Chi club? Are there career advising resources and mentoring?

Selecting a psychology program which will benefit your goals

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Does the department program match what you want to do? Look into the program. If your into clinical work it would benefit you to ask about different programs available. Go to the main site and look for the department office. Call that number and ask about the programs. You should be redirected to a link which can inform you on the programs.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio? It’s important to consider this since you want quality attention from your professors. Try to establish a friendship between you and your professors. Make sure they know your name. This will benefit you later in your undergrad when you apply to graduate school and need recommendation letters.

Does the faculty publish and do research? Knowing this can provide you opportunities for research. If the department lacks publishing and research then it may not be as current.

Does the psychology department have a psychology club and do activities to encourage psychology students to go to graduate school? Continue your research by asking students and professors.

The most prominent and highly respected psychology club on campuses is the International Honor Society of Psychology. They are known as Psy Chi for short and have informative website: www.psichi.org

How do you know what psychology professors to take?

Taking professors in general can be a gamble since their teaching techniques may or not may be effective to the way you learn. You can try asking around about quality professors or check out the website:

www.ratemyprofessor.com

This handy website is the opinions of many students on professors. The site provides rating scales and comments about professors teaching styles. Checking this resource could potentially save you money when buying books. Previous students may have used an older cheaper version of the book which is similar to the current edition a professor is using to teach class. So make the effort to look your professors up since you will get an heads up on what to expect.

Applying to a University/College first time, Transferring, or Returning to College

It’s your senior year of high school. Graduation is probably a year or a few months away. You’ve decided to further your education by going to a University/College and have dream list written out. You’ve researched psychology programs and know where you want to go. The time now is to apply. Some things you may need when applying:

• A college application which can be found on the schools website
• A grade point average (gpa) of 2.5 – 4.0
• An appropriate score on a college entrance exam
• Taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and have a required score.

To learn more and take the test check out: www.collegeboard.com or www.act.org

• Letters of recommendations which will detail your positive traits
• A letter about yourself which you can describe some philanthropy (volunteer work) you’ve done and other transferable skills you can detail