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  1. Hi all, Not sure why it's taken me this long to crowdsource my grad school questions. I was a College Confidential rat in high school, and I think it marginally paid off. It's been 3.5 years since I've been enrolled in/swaddled by an academic institution, though, and my knowledge about grad school app best practices is pretty fragmentary. I'm interested in both the cognitive psychology and clinical psychology tracks — more on that dilemma in another post — and am debating whether to apply to master's programs (contingent on funding) or go straight for the PhD programs I've been eyeing. As I see it, the upsides to master's first are: - A chance to beef up on coursework - A chance to kick the cognitive/research vs. clinical decision down the road, and learn more to help me make it While the downsides are: - Funding sources are much rarer, I can't afford anything out of pocket, and I'm allergic to debt - Might deprive me of the freedom to pursue the research opportunities I need to keep multiple PhD routes open — Here's my deal: I was a humanities major at Harvard with a minor in Mind, Brain, and Behavior — but far from the full complement of psychology coursework that a lot of programs, MA and PhD alike, seem to expect. I've devoted a lot of time to reading and living cognitive psych and linguistics literature over the last few years, and have a pretty strong sense that I will be happy studying the mind (and maybe its relationship to wellbeing in a clinical sense) for the long haul. I traveled extensively after graduation, and then spent a year and a half as a business generalist at an early-stage tech startup—a role I quit earlier this year to start pursuing cognitive science research. This June, I started a remote research assistantship for a friend who's a cognitive science postdoc, and last month, I got a research assistantship at a lab at Harvard. I just took the GRE, and got a 170 V 167 M. Some people have told me that some of these fundamentals mean that I shouldn't be afraid of the course and research requirements I see on a lot of program sites. My question is whether people familiar with the field think I can make a case at the PhD-level (or hell, even at the MA-level; I'm not sure about anything) without some of the traditional essentials. Looking forward to hearing your take.
  2. CV Help! Future postions???

    Hello!!! Currently applying to psych PhD programs. I am in the process of perfecting (if you will) my CV for upload to application portals. My question is whether or not to include future positions on the CV. Last week, I was hired on as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, though I will not start teaching until the spring semester (way after apps are due). Do I include this in my CV? I feel that the position will look excellent to admissions, but since I have not started the position I am worried it will come off as presumptuous and weird. help!
  3. Hi everyone! I am a 3rd year undergrad studying psych and criminology right now. I need some advice whether if I even have a chance at getting into a graduate school with my profile. I'm thinking about going into a clinical psychology or forensic psychology field. 1. GPA: 3.6 out of 4.0 scale, I will probably be able to boost my GPA to 3.7 by the time I graduate (and a high possibility of graduating with honors in university level and then my majors too) I have been listed on dean's list a couple of times but my GPA went downhill last semester when I was going through a personal loss in my life 2. research experience: 2 years in criminology department (one was an independent honors project with a mentor professor and the other one is still on-going, it's gonna take more than a year or two) For research, I think I can get a psychology research position next semester so it could cover up my lack of research experience in psych department. I don't have any research publication or a conference presentation of my own. 3. GRE: It's not a huge problem. I'm mostly worried about my GPA because I feel like it's too low. 4. Internship: I will have an internship over this coming summer (psych) and probably get another one the following semester (crim) so I will have two. 5. volunteer: I have a lot of volunteer experiences in the mental health and client-services fields. I'm also a community service chair for Psi Chi in my school so I kind of have to be involved in volunteering. 6. study abroad: I mean, I'm an international student, so technically my undergrad years in U.S. count as "study abroad" but I did go to China during my sophomore year of highschool. I don't know if this is gonna be any helpful but I'm a trilingual-English, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese Oh, during summer breaks, I usually go to Korea to see my parents but I have quite a few experiences there. I was an assistant director in a multicultural center, and a camp assistant for another one. And a few other indirectly related experiences like being a tutor since I was 16 years old. (I'm 21 rn) I might have a couple of things that I forgot to mention but can anyone please tell me if it is worth the shot for me to apply for master's or PhD with my GPA and other things that I listed? My friend told me that I need to have at least a 3.8 out of 4.0 and I'm freaking out about it because that means I have to have at least all A/A+ for the rest of my school years. Is this true? So basically I just had the worst existential crisis of my life over the last 6 hours and I can't sleep now If anyone could tell me what are the aspects that I need to work on more, I'd appreciate a lot! Thanks for reading this long ass thread
  4. School Psychology Ph.D. Applications Fall 2018

    Hi everyone, I've been reading the threads from past years for those applying to School Psychology Ph.D. programs and they've been so helpful so I thought I'd make one for fall 2018 applicants! Hopefully we can all go through this process together Where is everyone applying?
  5. Can any of you students help me?

    Hello. I am just a dad with a one year old son. He is my only child. I am 43 years old. I am also a commercial fisherman. I am not a douchebag. I have an uphill battle trying to get timeshare w him. He was conceived with a woman I barely knew, and she is a successful professional. I love him the same or more than any parent. I have been trying to be allowed to be a part of his life since before he was born. Right now I get one overnight every other Saturday, and drive 1-1/2 hrs away twice a week to spend 3 hrs tues and Thursday. It's unsustainable work wise and sleep wise, as I work long days and am unable to work in blocks w this schedule, and am pretty much emotionally exhausted due to missing him and the daily manipulative written exchanges w his mom for almost 2 years. I am just seeking 48 consecutive hrs a week w me for the time being, until my 7 month crabbing season ends or when I can get to court. I know we bond so much whenever he is allowed to stay overnight with me. We were recently assigned to a court-appointed coparenting counselor, who happens to have a 3 month old child and got separated one month ago. She has stated that it is inappropriate for a child his age to spend nights away from his mom, and has given me the homework assignment to research "attachment" and "appropriate timeshare schedules for a child age 0-5". Can any of you help me, or send me links to research that indicates otherwise? As well as anything that indicates it's harmful for him not to have significant overnights w me, or the Ill effects of being overprotected. Thank you in advance. I just had the idea that maybe a student w up to date knowledge would care enough to respond to this.
  6. I'm applying to MS Computer Science programs this fall. Wanted some feedback on what I could consider safe and reach schools. My undergraduate degree was an unrelated field at a fairly small liberal arts school in Washington, but I've taken a lot of foundational CS coursework at my local community college (all my relevant course work has been an A and one B, but some C's from 5+ years ago that are completely outside my major at this school bring my overall GPA down). GRE Scores: GPA: My CS coursework will include Calculus 1-3, Java and C++ Programming, Discrete Math, Elementary Computer Organization and Architecture, and Data Structures and Algorithms with a a few other elective CS classes.I graduated with my BA in 2015 and have some research experience in Cognition and Learning Labs with rats and risk behavior research, but no publications. I also have a minor in Studio Art. Project-wise, I made a third person maze game for a mobile game class (group project), but don't have many other side projects. I'm involved in my community college's robotics club this year which will complete in NASA's Swarmathon in spring and I'm doing a Hackathon which I assume will give me something for a resume, but I don't have any work experience in the computer science realm and don't have any non-school related solo projects. I am a tutor this year in my school’s CS department. I have some vague interest in Human Computer Interaction fields (knowing that my art/psychology background connects), but I don't really feel like I am familiar with all of the options to rule any thing else out. I'm also vaguely interested in AI and Data Analytics if I'm a good fit, but I'm sure there are other interesting areas I could connect with. My current school list include Georgia Tech (reach?), University of Wisconsin Madison (reach?), and University of Colorado Boulder (?). I have a lot more schools I'm researching, but I would appreciate any suggestions for schools to look at more closely if I would stand a chance of getting in or could qualify it as "safe."
  7. Hi guys, I haven't seen a topic for fall 2017 applicants for masters programs in business and i/o psych yet, so I thought I'd start one. Where is everyone applying? What are your credentials? What's the status on your application? These are the programs I'm applying to: - Master of Applied Positive Psychology - University of Pennsylvania - MA in IO Psychology - NYU - Masters in Computational Social Science - University of Chicago - MS in Marketing Science - Columbia - MS in Global Marketing Management - Boston University - MA in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation - Claremont Graduate University - MS in Human Resource Management and Development - NYU Regarding my credentials, I have a 3.96 GPA, lots of research experience, and 156V/158Q/5.5W on the GRE.
  8. 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!
  9. Contacting POI: important or not?

    Has anyone else noticed the wildly conflicting advice given about different parts of the application process? I've heard extremely different accounts on how important it is to contact POI. On one hand, I've heard it is really important to determine if the individual is taking grad students and still doing research in that area (I can see the logic here although sometimes it is obvious the POI is taking students and will be continuing in that area). On the other hand, I've heard that contacting a POI has absolutely no impact on whether you get into a graduate program, especially in psychology (I can get behind this). In general, we receive fairly generic responses anyway; therefore, I find it hard to imagine that a POI holds that initial contact at such a high esteem. I think that's why I was so surprised to see this website have such a conflicting account to what I've previously been told. What do you guys think about this quote? Is contacting your POI prior to submitting an application this important? I wouldn't think so, but I could be wrong. "Some faculty members, myself included, will never accept a new graduate student who has not made some kind of pre-application contact, and the in-person visit is the best type of contact. It shows a lot about the student’s good judgment, among other things. You might be surprised to hear this, but most grad-school applicants do not bother making that visit! Most applicants just send in their application materials and hope for the best. They have zero chance with some of those applications, but they don’t even realize it!" Website:
  10. I would greatly appreciate some advice/input here. I'm applying to a few clinical psychology PhD programs this season and all of them have professors who are accepting students for fall 2018 listed on their websites. When I was initially writing my email drafts to POIs a few weeks back, only one of the universities' websites had this information listed and the other universities have since updated their websites with this info. I got a bit busy with working on a publication and my master's thesis in that meantime, so I am just now revisiting my email drafts and application materials. However, I'm beginning to question whether I should even email these POIs now, given that they're already listed on the website as accepting students and my email drafts have followed the format of "I am currently studying X and researching Y at such-and-such university. I am writing to inquire if you anticipate accepting students for the fall 2018 term, as I am very intrigued by your work on Z. [Details about the project and why I am interested]. Short explanation of my previous work and how it relates, blah blah blah. I have attached a copy of my CV for your consideration." (oversimplified, but you get the point.) I actually already sent my first email to a POI last week (literally the day before I noticed the website was recently updated with professors taking students too) and I got a response back almost immediately (within 1 hour). It was nicely worded and enthusiastic, but the professor didn't respond to my question regarding their research, nor did they directly address anything else that I mentioned in the email, just said "It looks like you have had wonderful training experiences and it sounds like your interests could fit well with the ongoing projects here at [university]. It is likely I will be taking students for fall 2018. As you are preparing your application, feel free to check my lab's website for more information at [website]." The font size for the greeting was different from that of the body of the email too, so I can't help but assume this POI just copied and pasted this generic response to my email and others. (It's quite obvious from what I wrote that I had already checked the lab's website and read quite a few of their papers, so that last sentence kinda bummed me out. I was hoping to speak with this professor about their research a bit and if the email interaction went well, I was considering possibly even requesting to schedule a skype meeting or something if they were willing to discuss their work and lab opportunities in more detail with me.) What I'm wondering is, should I even bother sending any more emails to POIs that are already listed as accepting students? I know it's generally a pretty good idea to email POIs, especially because program websites often don't list professors accepting students, or if they are listed, there's a chance the information may not be current. However, in my case, I know the information is current since I have been checking these websites fairly often throughout the last year and noticed the updates, and now I just feel a bit awkward emailing a professor knowing they are already planning to take students. My whole approach to this process was going to be: 1) see if they are taking students and demonstrate good fit, 2) discuss their work and potential projects in more detail, and 3) if all goes well, see if they would like to arrange a skype call or meeting to discuss things further. Trying to write the initial email without asking about whether they are taking students just feels awkward. Taking that part out just makes me feel like I'm skipping a huge step and saying "Hi Professor, here's my background and my CV, I will fit well with your lab." I don't know, I just don't like it no matter how I word it. I also don't think that it will give me any huge advantage in the admissions process if all of them respond in the same manner as the professor I've already contacted did either. I mean, I highly doubt this person is going to remember my name or anything about me if all they did was copy and paste a reply to my email. I can't really blame them for doing so because I'm sure that they get a lot of these emails, but I kind of feel like contacting these professors could even be a waste of my time. What do you think? Should I still contact these other POIs? Do you think it would necessarily decrease my admission chances if I didn't contact them, but rather mentioned a few names in my essays?
  11. I recently took the GRE and did not do well at all. I now am basically questioning if I should apply to clinical Psychology PhD programs or if I should wait and possible retake the GRE again. And I thought how better to ask then a bunch of strangers. I have taken the GRE 3 times and cannot get a good score! I find that I do great on practice test and even did pretty good taking a practice test at the actual testing center (a perk of doing a Kaplan prep class). Also if you have any suggestions about possible schools, how to increase my competitiveness, or what I should do if I don't apply please let me know. My GRE scores V=155 Q=149 AW=4.0 - on my second try V=151 Q=153 AW=TBD - on my third most recent try (note: I didn't include my first because I am not planning on sending it to any universities because the scores are lower) GPA- I graduated Cum Laude overall= 3.85 Major= 3.9 Research experience: Undergrad 3 years in a lab that's focus was motivation 1 year in a lab that's focus was attention and learning Post-bac 1 year as a research assistant (full time) for a children's hospital in an ADHD clinic Clinical experience 3 years of clinical experience with children with ADHD and I know am the coordinator for that program LOR I think I have some strong LORs. Not very concerned about this. Research interest: externalizing behaviors and disorders in children and adolescence problem behaviors in children and adolescence I am not trying to get into really prestigious program, I would just like to get into any clinical Ph.D program with a mentor who has a similar research interest. I am also open to considering apply to school psychology programs, but I think this would be my second choice. What do you guys think, should I apply?? Thanks!!
  12. Hello, I am working on applying to Ph.D Counseling Psychology programs, and I'm struggling with my personal statement. I don't know how "personal" I should make it. A huge life event that greatly shaped my overall character and made me the wise, loving person I am today was a heroin drug addiction I went through as a teenager. My addiction is also what made me realize that my true purpose and passion in this life is so be a mental health counselor. I actually wrote my undergrad application essay on this experience, and I believe it was a significant contributing factor in my acceptance. I know in my statement I have to expand upon my professional and academic experiences, such as research or volunteer experience, but is this all I should focus on? Is it appropriate to write about how my negative experience using drugs was transformed into a positive learning experience full of growth that enabled me to discover my passion?
  13. Here is the first paragraph of my SOP (with identifying info removed). I bolded the sentence I'm concerned about. "When I emerged from my undergraduate studies at [Undergraduate University], I knew I wanted to pursue a career in research. However, at that time, I was far less certain about the area of research I wanted to focus in. For this reason, I found it beneficial to take an intermediary step prior to attending a Ph.D. program. That’s why I chose to pursue a terminal master’s degree in [degree] at [Graduate School]. While at [Graduate School], I participated in a wide variety of research experiences. It was a culmination of these experiences that made me realize I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and focus my research on [redacted]." I was describing my SOP to one of my professors, and she said not to make it sound like I wasn't sure what I wanted to research. Instead, she suggested that I say I was picking between areas. However, I honestly had never heard of Quantitative Psychology until I got to graduate school. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Am I over thinking it or is she right?
  14. Alliant university?

    Does anyone know the quality of faculty and programme in Alliant University for a Clinical Psychology PhD? I am from India and i havent heard of the university before but it is one of the few colleges i have seen with a department that focusses on LGBTQ mental health which i am interested in. I was looking for a back up option as i am applying to Teachers College Columbia and UCLA as well!
  15. Masters in Clinical Psychology

    Hey, My name is Akshita and I am currently studying Applied Psychology in India, at undergrad level. I plan to pursue a masters degree in Clinical Psychology in either the US or Canada. I wanted to know: 1. whether clinical psychology has a functional masters degree or it is the Doctoral degree for it? 2. Is it possible to apply to the Doctoral degree straight after my undergrad or should I have work experience for atleast a year prior to it? 3. what is better, whether to go for doctoral after my undergrad or first do a masters and then the doctoral? 4. what is the difference between a phD and a doctoral degree? 5. does clinical psychology require a subject GRE test? I appreciate the help and guidance. Thanks!
  16. Hi everyone, I need some help developing a strategic back up plan! Last year, my senior year in undergrad, I applied to 14 clinical psychology PhD programs, got 2 interviews, and was ultimately rejected. After graduation in April, I've spent my time retaking the GRE, continuing to work on my research teams (I have done research since my sophomore year in college), working on an independent research project, and getting clinical experience as a Psychiatric Technician in a Mental Health Facility. Now that it's time to reapply, I need to build some back-up master's degree programs into my plan that **ultimately** are advantageous to getting me to my goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. I figured experimental programs would be good, but I don't really know where to begin. Basically, should I not get into a program again, I want to take the master's then PhD route. Here are my questions: 1. If you were in a scenario like me, how did you handle reapplying? 2. What master's programs look best to PhD clinical programs in terms of rigor and research training? (e.g., experimental) Do any programs in particular come to mind? 3. Any other advice?? Thank you, and good luck to you all!
  17. Hi there, This is the first time I am ever using this site, so here I go. I'm planning to apply to about 7-10 graduate schools in hopes for a phd in social/personality psych. However, my gpa is a 3.40. I have about 2-3 years of experience in research on personality. I will take the gre in a month, and I'm pretty confident in my letters of rec and my statement. Can anyone give me a realistic opinion on my chances? I know I don't have a 3.8+ but I've heard that doesn't matter much as long as you've got a good application as a whole. However, I've also heard gpa is used to weed people out. help!
  18. Hi there! so I'm a senior in undergrad (sociology and psychology major) looking to apply to some clinical psychology PhD programs!From what I know, it's pretty taboo to talk about your own psychopathology on a personal statement. However, I have not so great grades from freshman year (a C+ in biology and a C in physics 2 and then a couple of Bs in social science classes), transferred to a better school, maintained a 3.5 GPA, and then this summer had to withdraw from a summer term so now I have two Ws on my transcript as well for linear algebra and intro to programming. All of this was due to my C-PTSD and subsequent alcoholism (which I am working on now). I'm pretty frustrated because I don't to leave this unexplained but I also don't want to cross a taboo subject. How should I address this in my personal statement? If it helps, here's a short list of the stuff on my CV: - GPA: 3.5, major GPA 3.9- worked in university's LGBT center for past year and continuing this year- worked in neuroscience lab for one year, presented poster- worked in clinical psychology lab for 21 months, presented poster- worked in child neuropsychology lab for a summer- worked with a professor at the school of social work for her poster and publications- presented at MBGLTACC, an LGBT conference for college students/staff on the intersection of hinduism and being LGBT+- presented at a LGBT POC conference on an independent research project- currently working in a social psychology lab that is related to my honors thesis, which is related to both social and clinical psychology- GRE scores: 162 verbal, 167 math, 5.0 on the essay. above the 90th percentile for all 3.
  19. Hey Everyone, I'm down in the dumps currently. I was able to take the GRE for the third time & my scores did not improve (150 v, 151 Q). I honestly feel like my goal to get into a counseling or clinical program is slipping. I have a masters in Clinical psychology with a focus in research. I have multiple poster presentations, a 4.0 GPA, and a finished thesis in Masculine Depression. I am looking for any advice on what to use to improve my GRE or what routes are available for me besides PH.D. Thank you for taking the time for responding.
  20. Human Computer Interaction

    I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2015. Since then I have been pivoting into Computer Science. My community college level coursework includes: Java and C++ Programming Data Structures and Algorithms Internet Programming (Javascript, CSS, HTML) Elementary Computer Organization -- currently enrolled Calculus I and II (III is planned) -- currently enrolled in II Discrete Mathematics (planned) My undergraduate GPA was 3.54. My current Comp Sci GPA is 4.0 (though is all undergraduate level). I'm a tutor this fall for the college's CS department, though I have no work/internship experience. I did do research in the cognition and learning labs for my psychology department in 2014-15. From my research into schools, I will be eligible to enroll in some MS CS programs. Given my background in psychology, I have some interest in Human Computer Interaction. Are there any schools that have particularly good programs for someone with that emphasis? Any recommendation for schools I should look into? Also should I pursue the MS CS with emphasis in HCI or should I be looking into MS HCI programs instead?
  21. So, I am a month into my first year of graduate school in psychology. And my adviser has just announced that they are retiring in a year. I have met with some program directors for advice on what to do, and revised my class/research plan so that I will be defending my MA thesis next fall semester, before I am left adviser-less. I have more higher-ups to talk to in regards to what this means for me on paper, but so far it seems that I have a few options for what to do: 1. Try to transfer now to another university 2. Try to transfer once I complete my MA 3. Try to continue on here without an adviser after my MA and complete my PhD on my own. 4. Quit and enter the job market after my MA There isn't really anybody else in my department who does the research I do, though there are others in the concentration but I'm not sure yet if they'd be able to take me on. Additionally, I thought I'd have the duration of the program to figure out my career goals. I am interested in research, but also interested in education/activism. But now, I actually need to make more of a decision about this because it'll affect what I choose to do. Sorry about vagueness, I didn't wanna make this post highly specific cause it's been an emotional few days, and yeah.....anybody further along who might be able to give advice?
  22. Hello, I'm in the middle of the application process to several UC PhD programs in social psychology and I'm having a hard time with the personal history statement. I've already written my statement of purpose, but I'm really struggling with the personal history statement because I'm having difficulties organizing it and figuring out how to fit everything in that the prompt asks for. I'd really appreciate it if anyone knew where I can find sample personal history statements or if anyone is willing to share their own statements. Either will be fine, I'd just appreciate any direction anyone can offer. Here is the prompt for the statement: Applicants for our graduate programs are selected using a holistic evaluation system. This essay will assist both the admissions committee and fellowship review committees to evaluate your background and motivation for graduate study. In your personal history statement, please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. A sample of topics that you might address in your statement is below. However, please structure your statement in any way that you feel best represents your personal history. Please do note that there is a 1200 word maximum for the statement. Any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences or opportunities relevant to your academic journey Challenges and/or obligations you have had to address in order to achieve your educational goals and how you addressed them Employment while an undergraduate How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural diversity and/or make you sensitive to the experiences of underrepresented groups This "Personal History Statement" is required for all applicants who are US Citizens or legal US Permanent Residents and is different from the "Statement of Purpose" that is required for all applicants. The "Statement of Purpose" is expected to focus on your academic/research background and interests while the "Personal History Statement" is expected to focus on your personal background.In addition to the "Statement of Purpose" and "Personal History Statement", some academic programs require applicants to provide a writing sample. Applicants will be notified about any such requirements by their program and will submit any additional items separately and directly to the program. Thank you!!
  23. Master's programs in clinical psych tend to be research-oriented and focused on preparing students for doctoral training. Is anyone aware of master's programs that are applied/terminal programs that allow you to become licensed as a professional counsellor or psychological associate? I know of one, which I am currently enrolled in but am curious to see whether there any similar programs out there. Sidebar: I know that a master's in clinical mental health counselling is the alternative to clinical psychology programs for those who aren't interested in research; however, I'm focused on clinical psych programs that give you both the option of terminating or advancing to a phD.
  24. I've done a bit of research but I was wondering if someone could inform me a little more. Very soon, I'm going to graduate with my undergrad in Liberal Studies ( I was planning on becoming an elementary school teacher), but I'm very interested in psychology now. I've been volunteering at a nonprofit agency that offers counseling services to family violence victims. I'm also working full time as a home health aide. Because of this, I'm leaning towards online masters programs. Is it true that a masters in general psychology will help you get entry level jobs in counseling? Or what else can you do with it?