Reading Terminal Posted October 7, 2020 Share Posted October 7, 2020 I've been trying to make this happen, but I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed and I want to check with you all to see if I'm being sensible about this. I dearly appreciate any thoughts! After dedicating myself for years towards going to law school, I was accepted, but I've chosen to defer attending for a year. As I got closer, seeing the state of our society, I don't think the law is going to be the vehicle for social benefit I thought it would. I think they've ruined it. Plus doing it over zoom seemed crazy. My undergrad GPA was 4.0 in a Labor Relations degree from Rutgers, and I managed a 97th percentile on the LSAT. I'm a non-traditional applicant, over 30. Suddenly, I want to pursue psychology. Without any background in psychology or research, I sense I will need to get a master's first. I am wary about choosing the right master's. I presume it would be best, if a doctorate and clinical practice is the goal, to stick to a master's that is more general or one specifically designed for people pursuing a doctorate. There is a risk here, though, since doctoral programs seem extraordinarily competitive. What if I get this non-terminal master's and never get into a PhD program? Should I hedge my bets and get a master's that has a master's level career offramp? Like an MSW or one in behavior analysis or something? Are all master's degrees seen as equal? Should any be avoided? How far can one's degree stray from traditional psychology before a doctoral admissions officer has a hard time with it? Also, for this cycle, I'm not sure I have time for the GRE, knowing first-hand the horrifying grind a high percentile score requires. Perhaps I can try and add a note about the LSAT, since it's such a tragic score to throw away? How obsessed with pedigree is the psychology world? What type of research is seen as stand-out? Is a master's thesis seen as research? Are non-GRE or GRE-waived programs going to be an issue down the road somehow? Basically, given how competitive doctoral programs are, if I go to a modest, respected master's program, put my head down, network, and 4.0 it again, would I be able to more or less assume admission to a doctoral program afterwards? I know I'll have to apply to over a dozen and do that whole "fit" legwork, but I just want to know if this is a pipe dream. I'm worried about not appearing competitive beside young people who've worked their whole lives towards it, despite having a master's. What do all the people who get rejected from PhD programs end up doing with their lives? There seem to be maybe 300-400 seats nationwide, and I would guess that over a thousand apply for them. Is it reasonable to do this or am I bound for disappointment? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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