Preparing for Graduate School
Graduate School Application Timeline
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- It is best to begin searching for Research Opportunities by your Junior Year as there is quite a bit of training to get you up and running in a research lab. Many faculty may require a year commitment from you just for this reason. Each requirement will be worked out one on one with you and the faculty member.
- Students in Psychology are NOT required to do an Internship although they can be a valuable experience in helping you determine a career path.
- It is important to visit the GRE website if you are planning on post-baccalaureate work. Here you will find information to help you prepare for the GREs. You will also use their website to schedule your test date and seat. Once you have scheduled your date, you can go back to the website to order a free software program from GRE to help you prepare for the exam.
- Typically a graduate program will request 3 Letters of Recommendation. When asking for Recommendation Letters from faculty, be sure to give them at least 30 days notice. You want to give them enough time to ask questions about your plans as well as review writing samples and your resume so that they can write the most effective recommendation for you. If you plan to take a year off, still discuss your request with the faculty member you will want a recommendation from as they may ask you to give them periodic updates during your hiatus so that when the letters are needed they have the most up-to-date information on you.
- The Career Center is not just for searching careers; they also offer guidance in researching graduate programs. A counselor can lead you to graduate school information for you to explore. The Career Center also offers an Annual Graduate School Fair so be sure to check their website for the next offering.
Tips for Graduate School Preparation
- Career Center Graduate School Resources
- The Importance of Undergraduate Research
- Graduate School Advice: Prepared by the Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University
- Application Process: provides an excellent summary about the entire application process and the steps you can take to make yourself the strongest possible applicant.
- Program listings: Provides a variety of information about getting into graduate school and a listing of all programs currently accredited by APA
- Department list: Provides links to over 1000 psychology department web sites where you can find information on the graduate training being offered.
- Timeline for Graduate School
- Resources for Graduate Students in Psychology: Helpful links from The University of Michigan
- Psychology Degree Guide: Psychology Degree Guide provides searchable information on more than 6000 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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- Clinical Psychology PhD vs PsyD
- Considering Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology?
- Getting a Good Letter of Recommendation
- Areas of Specialization in Psychology for Master's and PhD
- Master's and Doctoral-level Careers in Psychology and Related Fields