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  1. If your undergrad GPA is fine, then option 1 is your best bet. Why pay money for a degree you don't necessarily need when you can get paid to get the experience you truly need? If you cannot find a paid research position, maybe you can reach out for volunteer positions if economically feasible? You'd still be ahead financially vs going for a master's. Based on what you've stated, it seems like the degree itself isn't something you really need to be competitive, rather it's an easier way to get the research experience. Also, and you may already be doing this, apply broadly for research positions. The research you do now doesn't necessarily have to be within the realm of your specific interests. As long as the subject matter or techniques are transferable, it's a good option.
  2. R&D jobs will still most likely want a PharmD, at least based on the experience of most of my friends who have gone the PharmD route. None of them actually work in a pharmacy. They all work in corporate lab settings. I would suggest searching the jobs you ultimately want and see what credentials they are asking for. Then go from there. All of my input is based on what friends of mine have done (and are very successful in lucrative careers), but I am in psych so I don't have 1st hand knowledge of that field.
  3. Oh yeah, that changes things. I would definitely opt to not do an online pharma degree. At the graduate level, hands on experience is crucial. Your best bet is to probably then get the chem B and apply for better, in-person grad programs (whether MA or PharmD). Can you also look for BA/PharmD joint programs? I don't know where you're located, but I know they exist. I've had friends who have done them at various schools in the NY metro area.
  4. I feel like if you were already accepted to a MA program, it means the school felt you have the potential for success. I don't know if doing a 2nd bachelor's is going to help too much since you are already accepted into a graduate program for what you want to do. I would just start the MA and make sure to take advantage of office hours/tutoring centers for any weak spots throughout the program. Otherwise, you are just pushing off the start of your career.
  5. I would do casual, but like....nice casual. Like maybe a nice sundress or nice pants without holes in them. When I went for my orientation, I also brought a small notepad and pen. I don't believe I took any notes though.
  6. Most programs don't open their application until sometime in September at the earliest.
  7. Interesting. I usually skim differently. I will read the abstract, skim the lit review, read the hypotheses, skim methods, read results, and skim discussion. If it is an experimental paper, my class discussions usually focus more on the methodology and results and how the findings are relevant to whatever the topic at hand is.
  8. I big part is learning how to skim properly. You don't need to read every single word of every single reading. Skim through and read the parts that seem most important. Also, during particularly heavy weeks, my cohort and I will sometimes split readings up and take notes/write summaries and share them with the rest of the cohort.
  9. The best thing to do is try to get research experience in a psych lab. You can try looking for paid lab coordinator positions or just try to volunteer if you can't find any openings for paid positions. Research experience is one of the biggest factors in getting into a clinical psych PhD program, and you also want to try to get authorship on posters/papers. You don't need to do any sort of formal schooling. However, I would look into the pre-req courses that most programs require (abnormal, research methods, stats, etc) and make sure you have those. You can do a formal post-bacc program if you want or just see if you can take those classes at a local college unmatriculated, whichever is cheaper. Fair warning, clinical psych PhD programs are very competitive and applicants often take 2+ cycles before they are accepted. Research experience and research fit are the biggest factors to consider. Check out the Psycholog subforum for more threads about applying to psych programs.
  10. Yep, most programs won't even look at any apps until after the deadline.
  11. They are usually not rolling. Interviews typically happen in late January-beginning of March depending on the school/program. A visiting/interview weekend is pretty common where they interview all potential applicants. Also, not every field conducts interviews.
  12. You can only apply to one. The website says "We have ten different areas of study, and prospective students may apply to only one area of study at a time in a current admissions cycle. For admissions and other info, please click on each area of study below" https://gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Psychology/Admissions-Prospective-Students The CUNY Grad Center is a school in and of itself, so even though the programs are primarily housed in several of the colleges, they are also technically all part of one large program. Hence, applying to multiple is akin to applying to multiple tracks at other universities, which is often not allowed.
  13. I know plenty of people who have done full time master's programs at a CUNY and worked full time, myself included. I actually know someone who did that in your exact program. See how you handle it the 1st semester and adjust accordingly if necessary.
  14. I think most people understand that a spotty internet connection isn't really a representation of a person.
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