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Applying to Graduate School in Psychology

Contrary to popular belief, there are many things you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. However, some careers in the field of psychology require a graduate degree (Master’s, PhD, or PsyD). According to the American Psychological Association (2019)*, 43% of individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology also earned some kind of graduate degree. 

If you are thinking about applying to graduate school, the first step is to ask yourself why you want to go to graduate school. Take some time to really think about this question. Attaining a graduate degree in psychology can widen your career possibilities and increase your earning potential. However, graduate school can take up to 7 years or more, depending on the type of degree you are seeking, where you attend, if you need licensure, and so on. Additionally, graduate degrees are typically more expensive than undergraduate degrees. This is not a decision to be made lightly. 

Note: The information on this page is designed to provide an overview of what to expect when applying to graduate school in psychology. If you are seriously considering applying to graduate school, you should connect with a faculty member from the Department of Psychological Science or PSYC Advising as soon as possible. 

*American Psychological Association (2017, November). CWS data tool: Degree pathways in Psychology.

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