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  1. I would guess that the majority of quality PhD programs are fully funded, through assistantships, however, you will definitely want to review the rules for international students, at my uni there are different rules and regulations for international students than domestic ones.
  2. None that I've ever seen or heard of, unfortunately. I believe the APA keeps a list of programs/schools, maybe? But it won't give you information about research and PIs, that you have to find yourself. I think I spent at least 6 months searching the web for programs and contacting PIs before my application season.
  3. You might want to take this question to the Social Work program forum, they may be better able to answer questions about admittance requirements to MSW programs there
  4. Is this Fellow in academia now? If yes, then that is who I would choose as your third. If you have completed a Masters, grad schools often don't even look at undergrad GPA anymore, they are only interested in what you accomplished in post-grad. You don't need another letter writer that can talk about client interaction, especially one that isn't even in the field, your clinical supers would be addressing that. What you need the most of, really out of all three LORS, is people who can speak to your ability to do scientific research, think critically, and work as part of a lab team. The cli
  5. Have you published with your two clinical supervisors, run a study, done presentations with them, etc? I think, regardless, you would still for sure want a third strong LOR from the prof that was your supervisor for your Masters thesis, as that person can speak the most directly to the skills that a PhD program is looking for. And if you haven't been actively involved in doing, presenting and publishing research with the other two, the clinical supers won't be as great of LOR as you would want them to be. Did you not do other things besides classes and a thesis for your Masters? Side proj
  6. I would say that at least 2 of your 3 letter writers need to be academic, and specifically the ones who can speak to your ability to do scientific research if you want to do a PhD. I don't know that I would choose the business prof as a letter writer unless he/she is your third one, after two academics in the field. A clinical supervisor could be a good third letter writer, if you are applying to programs that are at least equally split if not heavily leaning more to practice than research, but I really don't think you can avoid having two strong letters from the profs you had as a Masters stu
  7. Are you getting to work on things like posters or presentations, either in the lab or on your own? Can you and are you planning to do an undergraduate senior thesis next year? Those would help boost your chances immensely. I went straight from undergrad to a PhD program with out a pub, but I did have an extensive track record of presentations, an undergrad honors thesis that was 100% mine from conception to IRB to analysis to final write up, a fair amount of relevant community service, and excellent writing skills. Most importantly, I had made a connection with my now PI well in advance of app
  8. Look for post-baccalaureate Lab manager jobs first, there are paid lab spots out there for just this reason. Many folx use those for opportunities to get hands on experience with research and publishing. If that doesn't pan out, then look for volunteer opportunities in psych research labs. Either way may get you access to profs for recommendation letters as well Also, yes to the GRE, if you can get a great score. That might help balance out the poor GPA. Finally, I would strongly recommend you look into Master's programs. They are typically easier to get into, require less research e
  9. Just want to add, your GPA is at the average to low end for these programs too - Clinical is more competitive because there are more applicants, to be sure, but your GPA and GRE matter just as much to non-Clinical programs. Research fit is going to be crucial for any of these. Please don't think Developmental or Counseling is "easier". In your position, I would strongly consider a Master's program, to give you a chance to improve your academic numbers and get more experience to prep for those tough Clinical PhD applications down the road, if clinical work is where your heart is.
  10. Is this Canada? I have no idea what the legal requirements are for Canada since I am in the U.S., however, I'm sure there are different kinds of counselors there as there are here. Here in the U.S., only someone with a Masters degree and a license can call themselves a counselor or therapist, but there is a certificate for an addiction rehabilitation specialist that you can get without a Masters to work strictly with adults in drug and alcohol rehabilitation (in most states). Besides mental health, in the U.S. (and probably Canada) there are also School Counselors, however this also requires
  11. You're welcome. Definitely start reaching out sooner rather than later. You don't need to immediately ask if they will take you on. Read a few of their papers and then email them with a well-crafted question or two about their work. Most researchers love to talk about their work Since you have some courses to take, you have time to form some basic relationship before seeing if they are taking on grad students in the future. Good luck friend!
  12. You are not the first one to make this leap, there is a gentleman (also an international student here to the U.S.) in one of my research labs whose BA is engineering but has made the transition to psych. So it is totally possible! You will most likely have to take some courses in addition to the Psych GRE, at least for U.S. schools. Almost all universities require a handful of core psych courses AND the psych GRE for non-psych degree holders. These are the same courses one would have taken if you minored in psychology, generally speaking, to prove that you have a solid foundation of lear
  13. Management, hiring/recruiting, marketing, productivity. Also, areas like diversity and discrimination, training...anything related to making a business run successfully, essentially. A thorough I/O PhD training prepares people for a variety of roles. For instance, there are I/O candidates in my current lab. They have taken internships or positions in many different areas. Some have moved into the tech sector, and do User Experience research and development. Some go to work at universities or non-profits working on diversity initiatives. Others have gone to work in private industry, helping to
  14. No, I apologize for any confusion - consulting is an I/O psych career, not counseling. You would need an I/O degree to apply for those kinds of positions. A counseling degree would not be a fit for any of that. Counseling would allow you to work in private practice or mental health centers (maybe hospitals?) as a therapist. They are two very different and separate programs As for Canada, I cannot speak to the legal requirements there, but I'm sure someone else can, or the information may be available online
  15. If you have the required education and can demonstrate your effectiveness, I don't see why not. Companies care about what will make them the most money. If that's you, then that's you.
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