dancedementia Posted September 16, 2016 Share Posted September 16, 2016 Long story short - I am on leave of absence from a CACREP masters in clinical mental health counseling program. The tuition/cost of living got too much for me. I'm highly considering not finishing the masters program and just applying straightaway for PhD programs this fall, but I don't know if my application is enough to make me competitive... can anyone offer some advice? I'm 2 years out from finishing the masters, and while I don't have any qualms about doing that, my end goal has always been a PhD in Counseling Psychology, so I figured why take the long winding road when there's opportunities to take the shorter one... Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 (double major Economics and Management)Second bachelor's GPA: 4.0 (major in Psychology)Master's GPA (thus far): 3.9 (damn you, A-minus!)GRE scores: 164 V, 163 M, 6.0 AW, no psych GRE yetLetters of rec: 3 from research supervisors, 1 from psychology professorStatement of purpose: feedback has generally said that it's goodResearch interest: college mental health, adjustment, coping skills, socioeconomic etiology of anxiety disorders (all very counseling psych oriented stuff) Research experience: 3 years, behavioral marketing at top tier research school 1 year, health psychology at government agency 1 year, counseling psychology at top tier research school 6 months, social psychology at in-state school will be starting another project next month at top tier research school Publications/presentations: No publications, and also no hope of one before application 2 posters at state psychology conferences 2 roundtables at national conferences 1 poster at APA should be presenting another 2-3 posters this fall, waiting on responses from conferences but the outlook is good Work experience: All unrelated to psychology, as I previously worked in the business world 1 year in management consulting 1 year in public relations/marketing several temporary/odd jobs in customer service and administrative assisting Schools applying to (hoping to stay in state): University of Houston, PhD Counseling (**dream school**, reach) University of Texas Austin, PhD Counseling (reach) Baylor, PsyD Clinical (huge reach) University of North Texas, PhD Counseling (reach) Texas Tech, PhD Counseling (target) Texas A&M, PhD Counseling (target) University of Houston-Clear Lake, PsyD (target, not APA accredited yet though!!) UT Southwestern, PhD Clinical (reach, not a top choice) Sam Houston State, PhD Clinical (target, not a top choice) Let me know if there's any information missing! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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