Admission to graduate programs in psychology continues to be extremely competitive. Plan ahead to make sure you have all the necessary pieces in place.
Be sure to read " So You Want To Go To Graduate School," a paper written by Mary Petrosko, a 2009 Dominican graduate, who successfully navigated her way through the graduate school application process.
Here are some other helpful pointers:
PhD programs are found within major research institutions (e.g. DePaul University, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, etc.). Students receive education in both clinical psychology in a mental health setting and research methodology. Ph.D. programs ordinarily require that students attend on a full-time basis.
PhD programs offer two main advantages:
These programs are competitive. A university may receive 300 to 400 applications for fewer than 10 open slots.
It is difficult to enter a PhD program without completing an independent research project as an undergraduate. At Dominican, you can gain research experience by doing an Honors Project or a Degree with Distinction Project. Get an early start: ask your Dominican advisor about doing independent research before the end of your second year of study.
PhD programs favor applicants who have a strong mathematics and natural science background. Take as many courses in these areas as you can, particularly biology, neuroscience and math through calculus. Even better: earn a minor in one of these areas.
PsyD programs are typically offered in freestanding schools of psychology. This degree is based on the professional model of training, which focuses on applied training in clinical settings.
That means the PsyD degree prepares students for a life of professional clinical service, not research or teaching.
PsyD programs typically admit much larger classes of students as compared to PhD programs and they usually offer little, if any, financial aid. You’ll need to plan to fund your advanced education through savings, earnings or educational loans.