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Found 34 results

  1. psychphddreams

    Clinical vs. Counseling vs. School

    I'm currently in the midst of some soul searching as I try to figure out if I'm best suited for a clinical, counseling, or school psych PhD program. Pertaining to those programs, I would love to know as much as possible regarding the differences in research experience, job opportunity, annual salary, program structure, clinical training, acceptance difficulty...anything and everything! I'm very conflicted right now so any personal experience, or knowledge anyone has would be infinitely appreciated!
  2. ASDadvocate

    Psychology Interview Debriefing

    Hi everyone! I have my first interview this Tuesday and Wednesday and wanted to create a place where we can debrief after the interviews. We can share anything from what everyone wore to actual questions and itineraries, as well as hopes and fears post-interview. Hopefully comparing notes will help ease anxieties!
  3. Hi all! I’m currently preparing for the upcoming application cycle, and I will apply to both phd and masters programs, with masters being my backups. I want to ask how are these following types of masters programs different in terms of training and job outlook: Mental health psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, marriage and family. Also, how can I tell if a program is good or not ? Thank you!
  4. Hello everyone, I'm an immigrant career shift who is planning to go back to school for a degree in Counseling/Clinical Psychology. I've been reading thegradcafe and learned a lot about the application process. However, I can't decide if I should apply for PhD or MA first then PhD since my case is a little unique. Any advice is greatly appreciated. My BA was in Korean Studies back in Vietnam (gpa 3.1). After graduation I've been working as a Junior Journalist and Copywriter as well as a freelance translator for 2 years before I started my MA in Public Relations and Advertising in South Korea (fully funded). At communication school, I started to learn more about psychology and pretty much fell in love with the field. I finished coursework for the MA program (93.3/100 or 3.7 gpa) and passed the comprehensive exam in 2016 but haven't finished my thesis because I was pregnant and moved to America with my husband. My study interests are multicultural/cultural psychology and social identity. It's also almost impossible for me to relocate because I have a 16 month old and my husband is a public school teacher in New Jersey so my top choice schools are Rutgers, NYU, Columbia Teacher College, Fordham and 2 other local schools. My strengths: communication skills, being trilingual (Vietnamese-Korean-English), supervised research experience, teaching experience for US government (Department of State) and Korean government (Department of International Affairs) , RA for an Anthropologist on studies about cross-cultural issues, 1 year experience of teaching multicultural kids, great recommendation letters from supervisor professor My weaknesses: lack of experience in the field, weak undergraduate GPA, my GRE score will not be so impressive, no publications. On one hand, if I get an MA in Psychology I will have more time adjust to school system here, network, get publication and gain more knowledge in the field which will make me a stronger candidate. On the other hand, another MA may be confusing and unnecessary when I already know what I want to study. I'm sorry for the novel and thank you for your time. Any thoughts on this are highly appreciated.
  5. Hello all, I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in psychology this semester. I applied to Ph.D. Counseling Psychology programs, and I unfortunately did not get any acceptances. One program did offer me admission into their masters counseling program which has opportunities to engage in research. However, there is a post-baccalaureate research fellowship I am highly interested, in which I will have the opportunity to conduct research in an area I am very passionate about. What will make me a stonger applicant when applying to Ph.D. programs next time around... taking a gap year and doing research in my area of interest of completing a masters program?
  6. AppliedCogPsych

    What to do?!?

    I have a M.S. degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. For the better part of the year, i have yet to find a job in this field, better yet, Im having issues with finding a job at all. What are my job opportunities with this degree? I want to get into neuromarketing but I dont know how to go about doing that. I may have an upcoming teaching position at my old university however that's not something I would want to do for a long time. The other options I have are to go back to school in either counseling or I/o psychology. I just want to know what i should be doing.
  7. Just want to pick the brains of people that chose a Research doctoral program in Psychology, and those that chose a Clinical/Counseling program. I find myself much more interested in research than therapy in my Clinical Psychology Master's program. If I did a Clinical PhD I would want to get involved in research afterwards. I am very interested in research and testing, and doing some therapy but not really making that my focus. I would prefer to be licensed in Psychology just so I have the flexibility in career options. Thoughts? Rationale for clinical vs. research focus?
  8. Hey everyone! So I applied for several masters in counseling, and so far I've been accepted by University of Florida, Florida International University and was wait-listed by Florida State University. I am really unsure of what I should do. On one hand FIU is appealing because I have family that lives in Miami, and I know the area well. On the other hand I know UF is considered a more prestigious school and is well known, but the drawbacks for me is that their program is longer than most because it requires more credits (2 1/2 - 3 years). I am not sure if the extra year and extra tuition money are worth it. I am still waiting to hear from FSU. I am having a hard time making this decision, if anyone could give me some advice or input on the matter and their opinion on the school or program (if you are familiar with it) it would be greatly appreciated! One last thing. My acceptance letter did not mention funding. Could someone help me word an email where I thank them for the acceptance letter and ask about funding without accepting the offer? Thanks!
  9. I think most of Counseling Psychology Programs have sent out their offers. Lucky enough I have received several offers and is now freaking out about which offer to take. For all Counseling Psychology applicants, what are your criteria in choosing which offer to take? So far, I have thought about: - University Ranking - Program Ranking - Advisor-Advisee fit (research fit, personality fit) - Lab-Advisee fit (other lab members) - Other opportunities (lab projects, PI being a journal editor, Grant proposal, number of co-work between different albs) - Lab turnout (Latest graduates taking faculty position), International student turnout (I'm an international student) - Funding (Amount, Length, Number of hours working) - Location of Univ. (Life style, cost of living, diversity) - Practicum opportunity (difficulty of getting practicum position, diverse sites) I want to know your thoughts on the criteria I mentioned above; whether or not they are appropriate or not. And which do you think is the most important and please add ones that are not mentioned above. I also have to say that my career goal is to stay in academia and if possible, be a faculty member at a University. So those of you thinking about becoming practitioner may have different criteria.
  10. I think most of Counseling Psychology Programs have sent out their offers. Lucky enough I have received several offers and is now freaking out about which offer to take. For all Counseling Psychology applicants, what are your criteria in choosing which offer to take? So far, I have thought about: - University Ranking - Program Ranking - Advisor-Advisee fit (research fit, personality fit) - Lab-Advisee fit (other lab members) - Other opportunities (lab projects, PI being a journal editor, Grant proposal, number of co-work between different albs) - Lab turnout (Latest graduates taking faculty position), International student turnout (I'm an international student) - Funding (Amount, Length, Number of hours working) - Location of Univ. (Life style, cost of living, diversity) - Practicum opportunity (difficulty of getting practicum position, diverse sites) I want to know your thoughts on the criteria I mentioned above; whether or not they are appropriate or not. And which do you think is the most important and please add ones that are not mentioned above. I also have to say that my career goal is to stay in academia and if possible, be a faculty member at a University. So those of you thinking about becoming practitioner may have different criteria.
  11. Hi all! I wanted to make a thread for just folks who are doing MA or MS track in a psychology field, such as mental health counseling or school psychology. Anybody out there?
  12. Hi all, I saw a few people on the results board say they have heard back from BC - I haven't heard either way, anybody have an update?
  13. Hey everyone, this is my first post - thanks in advance for the input. So, I graduated less than a year ago in economics from a good university with a 3.06 GPA. I've worked for the state government for more than a year, doing internal audit and recently realized that I want to do a PhD in counseling psychology. A psychologist I saw with some regularity during my undergrad was thrilled at the prospect of me going into counseling psych and even wrote me a letter of recommendation (I sent in an application in December to the my Alma Mater just to see if it stuck; I wasn't accepted, but didn't expect to be given than I'd only decided on counseling psychology in October). I've been planning on applying this next cycle (Dec. 2018) in hopes of being admitted in the Fall of 2019. I've been thinking that I'll apply to 12 PhD programs, but am planning on hedging my bets with some master's applications in marriage and family therapy, social work, and even sociology. A master's degree may be a good option as it would remediate my sub-standard GPA and give me relevant research experience. What do you think, given my credentials? -3.06 GPA in economics (business management minor) -Fluent in Spanish from two year volunteer experience -1 month USAID funded research experience in Lima, Peru - development economics -159 Q 154 V (Didn't study the first time, but have recently gotten 320+ scores on multiple practice tests) -Recently quit my job with the state, and have just accepted a full-time position working as a case manager at a facility for those who are chronically homeless and mentally ill -Volunteer research position doing meta-analysis on religiosity and well-being (looking to do research for one more professor in free time) Would I be best off just focusing on master's degrees for now (and then applying to PhD programs), or do I have a chance at PhD programs if I do well on the GRE and build up more psych research experience?
  14. I assume when this question is listed on an online application and it is not required, the correct thing to do is not fill it in? Is there something I'm missing here? Thanks for any input y'all can provide!
  15. psychgirl44

    GRE Study Recommendations

    Hello! I take the GRE in 6 days. I'd like some advice on how my remaining time would best be spent studying (specifically math). I'm using Magoosh, and while I do great on the easy/medium questions, I really struggle with the hard or very hard ones. Should I continue practicing and mastering these medium level questions or should I focus on learning the hard ones? Also, I plan on applying to Ph.D. counseling psychology programs. Does anyone know how much GRE scores matter or how much weight is given to them for these kinds of programs?
  16. Hi all! I'm a newbie here at gradcafe, and I have to say it's been super helpful (and encouraging!). I would like some perspective from current and prior MA/PhD Counseling Psychology applicants on the strength of my qualifications for competitive MA programs in Counseling Psychology (with the hope of going on to a Counseling Psychology PhD.) If anyone has any input on how to strengthen my application, it would be extremely appreciated! Strengths/qualifications: Summa graduate of top 30 liberal arts college with 3.84 GPA (3.9 Psychology) Dual major in Psychology and Health Policy RA for two undergrad research labs, one in social psych and one in health psych for a total of 2 years research experience undergrad. 9 months clinical supervised experience in practicum undergrad. TA three semesters. Honors thesis in psychology (received high honors within department). Research coordinator for 1 year (in middle of 2 year agreement) at a major research hospital. Strong LORs from senior psychology profs as well as current PI Potential Weaknesses: Potentially poor quant scores on GRE - I haven't taken the test yet, but my SAT math was only average even though I scored 800 verbal. I'm guessing those results will be similar. No poster presentations or publications Somewhat older applicant - took gap year before college and would matriculate at 25 if accepted this cycle. Questions: Is it recommended to contact a POI even as a MA applicant? Would it be better to take a moonshot and apply for PhD directly despite lack of publications? Thank you so much if you have read this far!
  17. I am a new graduate student in a Counseling Research Master's program, as preparation for a Ph.D program in Counseling Psychology. I originally applied to the Coun Psyc program at the school, and was accepted into the Master's program. I am planning ahead for doctoral applications, and wanted to know how likely it is to be accepted into a doctoral program at the same school? Is it viewed favorably as a current student, or not necessarily?
  18. liznlex

    How to get research experience

    Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on gaining research experience. I am hoping to apply to MA/MS Programs in Counseling Psychology (I've got my eye on UK and Southern Illinois for my top choices) for Fall 2019, with the end goal of eventually getting my PhD. My undergraduate GPA was pretty terrible, but my GRE scores are solid, I am re-taking the two psych courses I did poorly in, and by the time I apply I will have four years experience working as a Mental Health Case Manager. I'm hoping I can get accepted going the masters route and show I am capable of good grades and go from there. So my question is, even for masters programs most say research experience really strengthens your application....where should I look to find research experience ? I did two research based courses in undergrad, and in one I worked with a team to create and run an experiment and presented for Psi Chi...but that's the extent of my research and that was almost five years ago. I've tried applying to some part-time research positions at the local university, but they are limited and I have had no luck getting interviews. Any ideas of where else to look? Will universities take on volunteer research assistants ? What have other people's experiences been with admissions to MA/MS programs (do they look a lot at research, are they generally competitive, will a good GRE help to balance out a poor GPA?)? Thanks all!
  19. Hi everyone! I have applied to a few programs in Canada for next year. I was just wondering if anyone has heard from Mount St Vincent (I was waitlisted there after an interview, but they only accept 8 people so I don't know what my chances are...), or University of Ottawa for Counseling? Thanks in advance!
  20. FuturePhDCandidate

    MA in Psychology Admissions

    Hi everyone, I applied to MA programs in psychology and I wanted to know the acceptance rates of them . I have applied to these schools: CSUN Clinical Psych CSULA CSUDH CSUF USC MFT CSUN is my #1 choice school to go to, I went through the interview, but the waiting game is killing me (when I will hear back from other schools). If anyone has direct experience going through the application process for these programs or is a student under one of the programs listed above, please feel free to share your experience with me
  21. FuturePhDCandidate

    Question about GRE and MA Program

    Hey everyone, I have a couple of questions to ask you all. I was wondering, how important are GRE scores in an application for counseling psychology? I have had mixed reviews, but it would be really really helpful if someone can give me their own experience on GRE and applying for PhD programs in counseling psychology (clinical psychology too, since I am planning to apply to some in the future). My next question is: How important is it to attend an MA program right before applying for the PhD? I don't have enough independent research experiences and close working relationships with faculty within labs, and my GPA is not competitive enough, so I decided to apply to MA programs in general psychology within my state (CA). Last question: How important is publications when applying to a PhD program in psychology? Thank you and congrats to the people that got accepted in programs!
  22. I have my first interview in a few weeks for a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. There are 5 faculty POI's, and I'm uncertain if each POI takes on one or two students. This school and POI are an almost perfect fit for me in every way. During the interview process, should my focus be on proving myself as a competitive candidate, or showing how I am a good fit? I think it will be quite easy to show that I fit in very well, but since I lack certain aspects of competitiveness I am a little insecure. My plan is to be prepared, be myself, and be as social as possible with everyone. I do bring a different background than many applicants that I hope works to my advantage. TIA!
  23. deeeeeletedpeacetgc

    Rejection Thread (Fall 2017 applicants)

    Someone created this last year and I thought it was a great idea to get different perspectives and see how others were coping with their rejections! I think it will be good for us to start one this year, and begin to decompress/start thinking of plan B (or C, or D, E.. etc) after rejections come trickling in. Use the following template if it helps! School: Area/Degree: Rationalization: Comment: Coping tactics:
  24. My plan A is to get accepted into a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, and become a licensed psychologist. If I only get accepted into Master's programs, I am wondering whether a Master's in Counseling Psychology versus a Master's in Clinical Psychology would be better? For reference, my undergraduate degree is in Special Education w/core hours in Psychology. I meet prerequisites, but I don't have research experience. I want to do as much research as possible, which is why a Clinical program may be ideal for me. My research interests are mainly in Health Psychology, chronic disease, and disability which seem to be well suited for clinical psychology. If I did a Master's in Clinical Psych I would go on to complete a doctoral program. Here are some of my pros and cons: Counseling Psychology MS: Can apply to doctoral program during second year, essentially transferring to doctoral (potentially.) Less likely to be a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA.) More likely to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC.) Housed in larger universities. Shorter time to Ph.d Clinical Psychology MS: Research seems to be better suited for my interests. Faster time to completion. Can go on to complete doctoral study in a medical center. Clear path to be LPA. Clinical doctoral programs are notoriously difficult to get into/may time a lot of time and money. Will take longer to Ph.d I would love any input from people that have completed Master's programs, or are applying to them. TIA!
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