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  1. PsyDGrad90

    GRE test dates advice

    It's really best to narrow your school selections by faculty interest match. That counts way more in the grand scheme of things than GRE scores.
  2. I think this would be very dependent on the specific university. Has your company executed something like this before?
  3. PsyDGrad90

    poor undergraduate GPA

    I personally haven't heard of it, but it may be a thing to explore. Your best bet is to talk to your current mentors and see what they suggest. A graduate certificate wouldn't hurt, but I also don't know how much it would help either.
  4. PsyDGrad90

    Deciding Between Assistantships

    Reach out to PI in the lab you prefer and explain that you got assistantship for the other lab. State that, while you are happy with that one, you would prefer to work with them and if you are still being considered.
  5. PsyDGrad90

    GRE test dates advice

    I would do the subject test in September. October cuts it very close.
  6. PsyDGrad90

    Application Etiquette and Multiple Programs

    So, in psych, it is very common and usually expected that your research interests intersect with multiple faculty (things happen such as someone switching jobs, personality clashes, etc.). A lot of apps will actually ask you to identify up to 3 faculty of interest. Faculty also traditionally do not schedule lab tours or anything for prospective students. If you make it to the interview phase, that's usually when you tour the lab and meet face to face. You can definitely seek out faculty at a conference and strike up a conversation. Also, if you do email faculty, it should be only if you have a specific question that is not answered on their lab website, faculty bio, program website, etc. If you have a connection, I would speak with that contact and see if they would be willing to name drop you and "put in a good word." That person would also be a good person to ask for a letter of recommendation. I can't speak to the last question directly, but check out the program websites. Usually they have admission requirements. If you meet the class pre-reqs, it shouldn't hurt to apply.
  7. PsyDGrad90

    poor undergraduate GPA

    If you've already graduated, there isn't really a way to change your undergrad GPA. A good masters GPA can overshadow the poor performance in undergrad. Your GRE scores are good, so that helps to balance it out. Just try to grind in that research lab and pump out as many posters/pubs as you can and make sure your LORs and SOP are stellar.
  8. PsyDGrad90

    Trouble Deciding What to Study + Looking For Advice

    I'm in psych, so different discipline, but I just honed in on what I'm most interested in. As long as your varied interests are somewhat interconnected, you shouldn't worry about pigeon-holing yourself. People very rarely study the exact same minute topic their whole lives. Also, what may help in putting things into more perspective for writing the SOP, think about what you want to do after you get the PhD. The degree is a means to an end. So what do you want to do as a career and how does this degree and studying this thing help you achieve that goal?
  9. I mean, it doesn't hurt to apply. The worst thing to happen is that you don't get a call for an interview. However, if they specifically require a PhD, they may not reach out unless they have very few prospects.
  10. So what is your end goal? Like, after you finish whatever program, what does your ideal job look like? What kinds of things will you be doing day to day?
  11. Honestly, the only coursework PhD programs will care about is if you have the required pre-reqs which will be listed on their program site. These are usually stats, abnormal psych, theories of personality, etc. Other classes probably won't factor in much. Clinical psych PhD programs are very competitive. Research experience (and products like posters and publications) is what will make you more competitive.
  12. PsyDGrad90

    How soon is too soon to submit applications?

    Unless the program has rolling admissions, they don't look at them until the deadline. This may vary, but most of my programs had a December 1st deadline, and the application portals opened in September.
  13. PsyDGrad90

    Mailing Letter of Recommendations Myself

    Typically, if letters are sent by actual mail, there needs to be a signature or stamp on the fold to show that it has been sealed. You can manually address and stamp the envelopes and provide them to your letter writers if you would like. Most programs allow for electronic submissions for LORs. The letter-writer is emailed a link where they upload the pdf.
  14. PsyDGrad90

    How to calculate last 60 credits??

    I don't know what SLP schools only look at your last 60 credits. However, the way you calculate it is by finding the GPA weights for your school and doing the GPA calculations manually. Just Google "GPA calculation," and it will give you the formula.
  15. PsyDGrad90

    Confused about US application process

    As Troyyy stated, most PsyDs are not fully funded. The general idea is that PsyDs are more clinically oriented and PhDs are more research-focused, but that line has blurred a bit. PhDs fall on a spectrum of programs that are very research focused to ones that are more clinically balanced. With PsyDs, there is less funding, but some programs do provide it. With the closure of Argosy, one needs to be cautious in the type of PsyD program they choose. University-based programs like Rutgers and Baylor have a better reputation. You also will still do plenty of research. I am at a university-based PsyD and I spent a min of 10 hours a week in lab during the semester, not including any lab-related writing done from home. Do your research. Look for faculty that have research interests that match yours. Ultimately, research fit matters more than publication count and GRE scores.

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