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Thinking about quantitative psych (Applying next fall)


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I am a junior at a public ivy institution, majoring in math and philosophy, minoring in psych maintaining a 3.6 GPA. I will be applying to programs next fall. 

I have gotten into 1 research in a cognitive psych lab during the summer in which all I did was to read papers and proofread papers of the graduate students in the lab. 

I will be starting working with a faculty member during the spring, and will hopefully get to work on something that is more exciting.  

I have yet to take the GRE, but based on the practice test, I am probably going to be in the 315-320 range. My verbal and math scores do not differ very much. 

I am thinking about doing a Ph.D. in quantitative psych, and I could change one of my majors to psychology. How much can the psychology major name help me in the application process? 

What could I do in the spring and in the summer to be more competitive?

many thanks. 

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To become competitive, you want to gain more research experience. You want to be as active in research as possible, and try to get a poster or two presented at a conference. Changing one of your majors may not necessarily change anything. You just want to make sure you've taken the pre-requisites that psych programs want to see. You can most likely get those as the minor, but I would look into it a bit further. 

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12 hours ago, Hk328 said:

To become competitive, you want to gain more research experience. You want to be as active in research as possible, and try to get a poster or two presented at a conference. Changing one of your majors may not necessarily change anything. You just want to make sure you've taken the pre-requisites that psych programs want to see. You can most likely get those as the minor, but I would look into it a bit further. 

Thanks for this advice! This is really helpful! 

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