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  1. Believe me, larger disparities than computer programmer-to-psychologist exist. I'm a career-changer, too. My own history was far, far from psychology - at first glance. But upon reflecting on why I wanted to get a research degree in psychology, I realized that the things that drew me to that first career were actually very similar to the things that draw me to psychology. I was able to express that common underlying theme in my statements of purpose - and underscore the strengths that made me successful in that career because those same strengths will make me successful in any career. (So
  2. If you can acquire the desired skills OTJ, then stay working. You asked whether you can acquire them (gain experience equivalent to a doctorate) on your job. I don't think anyone on here could answer that for you, since we don't know anything about your workplace. If you can't get them at your current job, possibly you could get them at another company without having to go back to school. As for whether the value of a PhD would outweigh the cut in pay for 5 or more years, you can get a rough monetary estimate of this pretty easily. Go to SIOP.com and look for the members and salary survey
  3. Some of the programs I applied to looked at grades in coursework in the major as well as overall GPA. Hopefully you've done well in psychology courses (or business/HR courses?) Master's programs do tend to have a lower bar for GPA and GRE scores. However, the better master's programs are competitive and accepted students often have around a 3.5 or higher. (See SIOP.org for a listing.) I don't know how important research fit is for a master's program in I/O, as many master's programs don't have as strong a research component. I'm not saying it's not important, but I'm thinking it is pr
  4. You may want to ask them what they meant. Having not read your SOP, I also have no idea what they meant. I will say that if what you wrote above is all wrote in the SOP, then it is not nearly detailed enough. It's a two-part (or more) question. Why I/O psych? And why a PhD? And, thirdly, why the particular program (school)? Answer those three clearly and in enough detail so that they know you a)have spent considerable time thinking about your career path/goals; b.) have spent considerable time working toward that path/goal (e.g. undergrad research and presentations; reading on the r
  5. Lewin, Many I/O master's programs just don't have TA or RA positions for their students, and thus finding funding for an MA in I/O is not as easy as for PhD programs. In this particular area of psychology, lack of funding really doesn't say much about the quality of the program either way.
  6. Josephina, if I were in your shoes, I would want to find out the following: Where do past grads from the state program work now? Does the state school's program require an internship? Or do they help their students get internships? Is there funding through the program to go to SIOP? I don't see why you couldn't do perfectly fine at a state school's program, if past graduates have found employment. I'm assuming you have to stay in the NYC area?
  7. Yes, apply to your dream programs - especially if you do well on the GRE. Because, frankly, you can't win if you don't play. But of course you should also apply to other schools. I don't know if Berkeley or Washington have GPA cutoffs. Does it say if they do on their websites? Clinical is not my area. FWIW, some programs in my area (I/O) also take into account your major GPA so if that 4.0 is in psych courses, that may help as well.
  8. You don't really "skip" to a doctorate. Many psychology doctorate programs include getting a master's along the way. It's good that you've been taking some classes to get some background. Many (good) PhD programs want to see research experience as well as coursework. Can you volunteer to work in a psych research lab at the institution where you're taking classes? Can you ask a faculty member to help you do an independent research project? You may also want to take an undergrad-level research methods/statistics course if you can - this applies more to the PhD route. Even PsyD prog
  9. Hi Suraj-X, I'm unclear on what kind of psychology PhD you want. I would think you were interested primarily in counseling psychology, except for the "I/O" and the "HSP/sensory processing disorder". I would suggest a master's in general psychology - and use that time to more clearly define your career goals and your interests. The other thing a master's will do for you is get you a bit past your low undergrad GPA. Your GRE scores are good but your GPA is borderline. In fact, many average PhD applicants will have undergrad GPAs of greater than 3.5. PhD programs don't care so much a
  10. You do sound competitive as an applicant for I/O programs. (I believe a 1 in Germany is the highest GPA, so a 1.3 out of a 1 - 5 scale is quite good, right?) Yes, the research you did as assignments in coursework does count as research experience. Designing and conducting a study is research, regardless of the motivation for doing it. You can list them as research experience items on your CV. (You can notate that they were assignments in courses.) Best of luck to you!
  11. ^ I am imagining you writing this in your Statement of Purpose. *giggles* Sounds like the level of deceit you would have to practice - to get in somewhere and then to do the work for five or six years - might not be worth it. But I guess it's for you to decide if you want to attempt it.
  12. I hope I'm not out of line when I say that psychology does its best to be a science. Therefore, the ideas we "fall in love with" should not necessarily be the ideas we spend time/energy on exploring in the advancement of the science - especially if they've been discredited or outdated for some other reasons. Isn't it the case that as scientists we are concerned with discovering how the mind actually works? If a theory has been discredited or shown to be irrelevant, then why pursue it further as a scientist? Likewise, if a technique has been discredited, then why insist on using it? I d
  13. You can list it all on your CV. All psych-related experience is good experience. However, in your personal statement, focus on how your experiences shaped and focused your interest in I/O and whatever your particular research interests are.
  14. Have you downloaded the practice book from the ETS website? http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/content/psychology That's the only thing I used and I did really well. The practice test was very similar to the actual test as far as the topics covered. If you did well in your intro psych courses and basic stats/methods course - and remember what you learned in them - you should be fine with just this.
  15. You have "rocked" the GRE. No worries there. The GRE is probably an unfair, arbitrary, and irrelevant measure of your worth as a human being. However, research shows that GRE scores do predict many outcomes for grad students such as first year GPA, comp exam performance, degree completion, research productivity, etc. (Kuncel & Hezlett, 2007.)
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