How can I find a good grad school to study psychology at?

Question by tlkrgrlz: How can I find a good grad school to study psychology at?
I am a senior in college (my forth out of five years) in college, studying Psychology. I figure it is about time to start looking at grad schools, but I don’t really know where to look or what I am looking for. Any suggestions?
My current university does not have a graduate psychology program, so I have to look elsewhere.

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Answer by jateef
Chat it up with the profs in the dept.

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  1. Mika said,

    Wrote on January 4, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Determine which field of psychology you would like to study in graduate school, and discuss it with your advisor or the professor who teaches in that field. For example, if you’re interested in Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology, talk to your Cog/Beh professor. Generally speaking, in psychology, you have to determine whether you want to go into research, academia, or the clinical/therapeutic track. If you wish to go into research or academia, you may be looking at schools which require the GRE or other standardized testing (a lot of public schools require this), so keep that in mind in your pre-application preparation.

    If you want to go into the clinical track, you would want to ask yourself if it makes sense to go all the way to get a PsyD, or if getting a Master’s makes more sense. Look at the requirements for where you want to practice, in this case, because if you only need the Master’s degree for where you want to practice, then you may not want to spend the time and money to get the PsyD – at least not right away. It would always be an option to go back and get it once you’ve established your practice later, anyway.

    First and best step, though, ask your advisors and professors. Usually they have a bunch of catalogs and books that you can look through, plus practical advice. Also, they can point you to other professors in the fields that you want to study, so you can find out where they’re teaching and apply to learn there.

    Good luck!

    Edit: Even if your school doesn’t have a graduate psychology program (mine didn’t), your professors will have gone to graduate school and will be able to advise you. My school assigned me and advisor, and he gave me several suggestions on schools to look at online. I also spoke with other instructors and they gave me directions. WIthout knowing what field of psychology you’re interested in, the level of academia you’re prepared for, and your specifics (Do you want to stay near where you live or can you move? Would you prefer to do telecommuting? etc/) it’s very hard to give you specific directions.

    You could look at the public university in your state, they tend to be the cheapest, but sometimes a bit more competitive and tend to be more focused on research. Have a clear idea of your area of specialization if you go this route, because many public universities really specialize their psychology departments (for example: developmental psychology gets specialized into age and type categories as areas of study). This can be a good route if you enjoy research, especially because a lot of times your study will be paid for by grants.

    If you’re looking more into a two-year, Master’s program that will fit into a work-schedule, someplace like Antioch would work. They have locations around the country, and offer Masters in different areas of Psychology and Organizational Psychology. There are a few other places like this, for working adults who need to fit in their graduate study.

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