HermoineG Posted March 5, 2014 Share Posted March 5, 2014 I am freaking out! Please help! Ok, I did not know this fabulous site 6 months ago when I planned on applying for experimental psychology MA programs and started working toward it. I didn't ask too many people about it and I asked about MA programs to MA students only [huge sampling error ]. Now I have couple of offers in hand and now I have done some research about Phd. Earlier I thought I stood no chance at Phd admission, in spite of having a good GPA (3.81). Unfortunately I don't have any publications on my name. So this triggered me to apply for MA programs in order to get some publications and know about my research options. Now I have this amazing MA research offer where I will be working on Health Psychology research. Only yesterday it hit me that I will only have one year to improve my chances for Phd programs. By next August, I will have to start with Phd applications. Will one year be enough to get some solid research experience, to publish a paper or give a presentation?? Am I kidding myself here?? Am I just wasting money here?? I am so confused right now. Looking at results section, I know that I dont stand chance of Phd right now. I have good GPA and good recommendation letters but that was not going be enough. Now I am very confused. Should I go ahead with MA? Has anyone here done experimental MA psychology and then successfully gotten into Phd programs? Will it help? My top choice program has accepted me and I am going to be working on physical/mental health research which means I am going to be applying for clinical Phd after 1 year. Clinical Psychology is super competitive and now I am scared! Please help me. Please tell me that somebody here has gone through my route and has gotten into Phd program. P.S.- one of my POI told me when I was interviewing with her that getting a masters degree will not ensure PhD clinical admission. She said - in fact very few of candidates get in. I know she was pointing out reality but now I am scared. I am also expecting to hear back from one of the programs where I have applied for Developmental Psych MA. Is developmental Psych less competitive than Clinical? Is developmenta Phd easier to get in that clinical? Should I just give up on this clinical program (which I love) and hope to get into developmental program?? Sorry, I know I have written too much here But I am so worried now. Thanks in adavnce and good luck to all of you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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