Learn What You Can Do With a Psychology Degree

Posts Tagged ‘school districts in colorado’

What does it take for a psychology major to get into graduate school?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Your dreams are set to one day become a great psychologist or psychiatrist but your grades aren’t so good and you barely have any experience of volunteer in the psychology field. The harsh reality is that getting accepted to graduate school for a PhD program is difficult. Here’s what you should know before you apply.

 

You need several things for graduate schools even think about accepting you. These are grades, GREs, statement of intent, letters of recommendation, experience, and an official transcript showing grades from your 4-5 academic years.

 

Your grade point average is important since schools have a cut off on what they will and will not accept. For instance masters programs require 3.0 or above while PhD programs require 3.5 and above. If you are short here you need to make it up in another area.

 

Most programs will require you to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There are three sections. They are quantitative, verbal, and analytical. Here is a great site that has practice exams. www.greguide.com/gre-practice-tests.html. The test is difficult but with enough studying and practice you should be able to get a good score. For PhD programs a score of 1200 or above is recommended and for masters programs over 1000.

 

Your statement of intent needs to state why you choose that specific program. It has to be clear, concise, and answer the questions the graduate school asks. Make sure to write drafts of this paper making sure your writing is good. If you have trouble writing and need help proofreading we recommended the site www.errnet.net. This great site proofreads your work in seconds and emails the results as low as a dollar a page. You can try shrinking the size of your document to fit if money is an issue.

 

Letters of recommendation need to be from an authority source. A letter from a professor will have more weight than a co worker. When finding those that can write you a good letter consider what skills of yours they can write about and how well they can evaluate your skills. These letters are meant to “talk” you up and show graduate schools that you are the best candidate for their program. At the end don’t forget to send letters thanking those that recommended you to your dream school.

 

Experience is crucial for the program you desire to get in to. It needs to be an area related to the type of program you are applying to. For instance if you are applying to clinical program it helps if you have volunteered at a behavioral center and understand the type of environment for that field.

 

6 Things a Psychology Major needs when applying for Graduate School

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The decision on attending graduate school rests solely on you. In order to first get in you need about six things done on your check list. The checklist is dependent on what school you want to go to. Since some schools may not require a GRE score you may need to check their program requirements. Make sure to do research and email professors with your questions. Usually these are the six things which most graduate schools ask for:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This depends on what program you are trying to enter. Some schools want students with 3.5s and will still have low acceptance rates in PhD programs.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a score which the college allows for entrance
  • Three to four recommendation letters from professors or anything which will have weight and value when determining your acceptance into graduate school. For instance if you have experience in the Behavior Center it would be wise to have a recommendation letter detailing the hours you were there and the tasks which you did.
  • Experience in the field you are interested in such as an internship or volunteer work
  • A statement of intent is required to detail why you desire to further your education and comments about fluctuations in earlier academic years. For instance, someone close to you may have passed away which caused a strain on your education. Its important to detail this since graduate schools will get to know you in this statement.
  • Lastly you need your undergrad transcript signed by your school to make the document official

How will you pay for school?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There are a few ways to get your self through college. One is by applying for loans. These loans will pay for all your university/college expenses. The only issue with loans is that many of them have high interest levels. They will also only give you a few months to start paying once you graduate. Many people have taken this route and are slowing paying their loans with payment plans. Another option is working and going to school. This option is harder but can be done with effective time management. Expect to be studying longer than the average 4 years it takes for a bachelors. It takes two years for a masters and three more for a PH.d. If you jump from bachelors to Ph.d program it will take 5-7 years of school. The last years will be all internships and accumulating hours before your set loose to work.

A great site to use in the United States for Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

This site will help you fill in tax and lifestyle information which will then access if you can receive free money from the government. If you’re an independent student who does not live with parents your more likely to get federal funding as opposed to living at home. If your parents make more than 100k then you will be unable to get free money. Your school may also require you to fill in the FAFSA application. So take a look at that link.

Funding Options

Paying for school is a very expensive investment. State schools in America cost 10-15k every year while private schools can go up to 20-30k a year. Internationally school may be cheaper. Do research so you can see the exact costs! You can also try looking into your school and see if they provide funding. Some schools will pay you to study. All you need to do is fill a prerequisite such as a grade point average or enter a program specific to your area of study.

You can also take the free money route and apply for scholarships/grants. Your acceptance to these awards are dependent on the their guideline. For more information on scholarships please sign up to our email list or visit the website www.fastweb.com