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  1. What kind of a graduate program are you interested in? What kind of career would you like to have? From your post it isn't clear, and the advice will differ significantly if, for instance, you're asking about a master's in psychology vs. a master's in accounting.
  2. I don't think it would be considered plagiarism. However, if it is generic enough that the exact letter can be used for multiple students, it's not a very good LOR. You want your letter writers to be able to speak to your specific strengths and accomplishments.
  3. You can take them at a community college (not sure if they are a thing where you are), but in the US those credits tend to be pretty cheap. Also, look up the specific master's programs you are interested in and make sure what courses you actually need for those programs.
  4. It's about that time where we are seeing multiple students asking about their chances of getting into a program this next app cycle. Rather than having many threads about the same thing, it will be easier to have all these questions in one place.
  5. Your GPA isn't that bad. Average GPAs of admitted students hover around 3.5, so you're pretty much within the mean. Research fit is the biggest factor in applications. Also, make sure to do well on the GRE as a way to counterbalance the GPA. Make sure the POIs you apply to are a good research match and that you have great letters of recommendation.
  6. Do you have any research experience? Clinical Psychology PhD programs are very competitive, and applicants typically have several years of research experience along with a few posters/publications. Also, research fit is the biggest factor in acceptance. Are you applying to these programs because they are ivies or because there are faculty doing research you want there? Master's programs are a bit easier to get into than PhD programs, but you want to consider your goal with the masters. Are you using it as a stepping stone for PhD apps? If so, a program that provides strong research mentorship
  7. If you are a US citizen, your application will be viewed as a US citizen. Where you are living now won't really make any difference to them, especially if your whole educational history is in the US. Also, your husband's legal status is also likely not of relevance to the university. I would speak to an immigration attorney regarding your husband's status and options.
  8. Look for programs with faculty doing research that is a good fit for your interests. In the US, PhD programs primarily provide their own funding, as students typically work as research or teaching assistants in exchange for tuition remission and a stipend.
  9. Many research coordinator positions are 2 year contracts. This also gives you time to get posters/pubs out, which, as you said, will help significantly in your application.
  10. Clinical Psychology PhD programs don't really care about clubs. The Quant score may be a barrier though. Keep studying and see if you can boost it. If you can afford it, maybe one of those prep classes. Check out Magoosh for some additional resources. The biggest factor clinical psych programs look for is research match with your intended faculty mentor and research experience. You said you've been in a lab for several years. Do you have any posters at conferences or any publications? If not, definitely try to get your name on some research projects. Can you do a thesis? That's another good op
  11. The license you get as a clinical psychologist and a counseling psychologist is identical. The difference is more of a philosophical one than anything else, especially since APA-accredited programs must have certain coursework regardless of which type. There are more clinical psych programs out there than counseling psych programs. As far as why hospital systems will hire LMHCs and LCSWs over counseling psychologist, the answer is just that it's economically better. Master's level providers are cheaper, and you often don't need as many people doing assessments as you do people doing therapy. Y
  12. Most of the university-based PsyDs with funding and small cohorts also care about research experience, so I would definitely get involved in research if you can. While a PsyD doesn't necessarily do as much research as a PhD, it's important to have a solid understanding of the research process and be a good consumer in order to be able to be a good clinician and deliver evidence-based treatments.
  13. Whether clinical or counseling, either PhD program will require some research experience. I would see if there is any way you can get involved with research and at least presenting a few posters at conferences. If you are aiming for NYC-based programs, know that those tend to be more competitive just because they get SO many applicants because many people want to live in NYC. You may need to take an extra year or so to accumulate enough research experience to be competitive.
  14. Honestly, the best thing is to look at the recent research that is of interest to you, and then look up where those people are located. From there, look at the school. The Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is also a good book to purchase. When you say "outside of the US," do you mean Canada or elsewhere? Be mindful that training done in a country other than the US or Canada may not allow you to obtain a clinical license to practice psychology in the US. If that is not a concern, then no worries! However, if you want to practice (or teach in most clinica
  15. I would follow Sigaba's suggestion and check out the history forum for more guidance. This may be discipline specific, but faculty in my field would be confused if someone reached out to them for help. People often reach out when they are about to apply and hoping to discuss research match.
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