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  1. You can, but why not just start 1 application for a school you're interested in and see how much time it takes you to complete it? It seems like more work to fill out a whole application for a program you aren't even going to apply to. You don't have to do all applications in 1 shot. You can fill things out, close it out, come back to it later, etc.
  2. Programs traditionally extend interview invites after the deadline, as they choose students from the total applicant pool. Unless a program specifically states it has rolling deadlines (which is not common and I don't know of any clinical/counseling psych program that does). If you email a faculty member directly, you may hear from them regarding your email. It is best to be as close to 1000 words as possible. If you are 1001 it probably isn't a big deal, but you want to make sure you are as close to 1000 as possible.
  3. I can't think of any programs off the top of my head, but 1 thing that worked for me when figuring out school was to find recent pubs within my area of interest and see where those authors teach. Refugees are a difficult population to get access to, so there probably is a limited amount of people who do that work.
  4. Subsidized loans for graduate study don't exist anymore, so there is no way for you to reach that $65k subsidized loan limit. Unless you're planning to rack up about $100k in loans in grad school, you don't have to worry about hitting your aggregate amount limit.
  5. I wouldn't do that. I would just pick a portion of it and upload that. They want to see that you can write well with the writing sample, and if I recall from my own app experience, most of my schools provided a specific page limit somewhere in the application portal or on the website.
  6. It's ok to submit closer to the deadlines. Clinical programs don't do rolling admissions. They get together as a committee usually to look over all the apps once the deadline has passed. They're also more focused on the internship apps of current students applying for that right now (deadline is coming up).
  7. It honestly depends on the emphasis of research in the PsyD program. For instance, I am in a small cohort model university based PsyD where research is a huge part of the training model. When I applied, I identified faculty of interest just as I did for my PhD apps. Everyone in my cohort had specific faculty mentors in mind that were strong research fits, and that is a large factor in why we were offered admission over other strong candidates. We have also been heavily involved in research from day 1 of the program (a few of us even started in the labs in the summer before our 1st semester began). If the program doesn't really mention research as a big component of your training, it may be less important.
  8. I spent about $10 on a neoprene pouch for my laptop, and then it goes into my big purse. It's protected in transit, which is the only thing I'm really worried about. I use Avast's free antivirus software (I have for years). As far as charging, I just bring the charger with me and charge it when it gets around 20-30% cuz I don't want it to die on me if I'm in the middle of something and don't have access to an outlet.
  9. MSW is more portable. The best bang for your buck is usually programs in state schools. They typically provide good training for an affordable price if you qualify for the in-state tuition.
  10. 1. No drawbacks or real benefits. While there may be 1 or 2 programs that may review material prior to the admissions deadline, rolling admissions is not common in clinical PhD programs. Right now, everyone is getting back into the swing of things in the semester and also making sure that the most senior cohort is ready for internship apps and dissertation defenses. 2. You don't need to make yourself 100% available if a program reaches out. They understand you have responsibilities. Make sure your voicemail message is updated and professional. You don't need to set up an automatic reply for your email. That's usually for out-of-office notifications for work. If you really want to, I don't think that will derail your chances of getting in. It just may confuse the person sending the email, as they may assume you are unavailable or they typed in the email address wrong. You don't need to answer within 2 minutes of getting an email. Replying within 24-48 hours is a generally accepted standard. There may be the occasional person who teaches out December 20th or so. The vast majority are focused on the holidays with their families and getting final grades posted for the end of fall semester.
  11. This is pretty much exactly what I did as well. Also, to answer the other question. Yes, you want to, ideally, list multiple faculty you have interest in working with and why. Schools like when you can fit with at least 2 faculty. Things happen. Funding may dry up, personalities may clash, etc. Having more than 1 person you can work with increases the chances that you don't become stuck if something doesn't work out with your 1st choice and you potentially bail (drop outs can look poorly on the program if they happen often, and each PhD student costs the university money and and time investment, so they want some extra insurance that their investment in you is worth the expense).
  12. Your SOP should do a few things: 1. Outline your specific research interests 2. Explain what skills you have to make you successful in graduate school 3. What experiences you have that make you a good fit for this program 4. What about this program specifically stands out as being a good fit for your interests. 1 and 2 are pretty standard, 3 requires some tweaking per essay, and 4 should be unique to each essay. You can essentially create an SOP where certain paragraphs are the same and others need some adjustments or need to be swapped out entirely.
  13. Your SOP is not just a retelling of your CV. Instead you want to explain to the reader what your ultimate goal is, how this program will get you there, and what you have done already to prepare yourself to succeed in the program and reach that ultimate goal. If you can't tie in any relevant skills from your work experience, just don't include it. However, there may be an anecdote about good problem solving skills in your job or something that may be useful.
  14. No one can really answer that question for you but you. It's also unclear what your specific career goal is. Do you want to be a professor? A degree is a means to an end. You want to think about what your preferred career is and then choose how to best get there. Also, you have to think about the cost-benefit analysis. There is nothing wrong with pursuing an advanced degree at any age. However, a PhD is a full time job. Do you have any savings for retirement? You also don't want to force yourself into a position where you just enter the workforce in your late 40's and have to work until you're 85 to be able to afford retirement. Do you have a spouse? How do they feel about potential relocation? If you do want to be a professor, it is a difficult job market and you often have to go where the job is. How does your spouse (if you have one) feel about this?
  15. It depends on the program. Some will allow transfer credits. Others won't.
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