Graduate School Resources

General Information

Applying to Graduate School: The APA Site

Psychology Degree Guide: http://psychologydegreeguide.org/

Academic Programs in Psychology and Cognitive Science, put together by MIT

Psychology Departments and Programs
Including outside the US, put together by Hanover College

Peterson's Education Portal
College, Graduate Programs, Financial Aid

Ph.D. Programs in Social Psychology by the Social Psychology Network

Psychology and Law Graduate Program Information, maintained by APA

GRE Homepage

Clinical Psychology and Allied Areas

Preparing for Graduate School in Clinical Psychology and allied areas – Basic Steps

First Year
Explore and clarify your interests in the various subfields of Psychology.
   - Read about a variety of areas of Psychology, e.g., via the American
     Psychological Association (APA) and Association for Psychological
     Science (APS) sites.

Plan your undergraduate course sequence for the next 3 years
   - Identify needed prerequisites
   - Shadow one or more Psychologists
   - Talk to current graduate students

Sophomore Year
Begin to work closely with some of your professors.
   - You will need 3 letters of reference for graduate school, and the faculty who
     write your recommendations will need to know you fairly well (i.e., through
     multiple courses, through research, etc.)
Continue to learn about the field, through shadowing, internships, part-time 
work in a setting related to Psychology, etc.
   - Use your summer productively in exploring the above areas

Junior Year
Focus your interests regarding graduate school.
   - Identify and research programs that you are interested in.
Continue to work closely with faculty.
   - Supervised research, independent studies, apprentice teaching, etc.
Consider beginning to plan and prepare for a senior honors thesis project
   - Seek out faculty whose interests and research activities are similar to your own
Begin to prepare for the GREs – consider taking them by the summer before your Senior year (you’ll need them by the fall of senior year)
Continue with shadowing, internships, work related to your career interests
   - Use your summer productively

Senior Year
Complete graduate school applications (fall semester)
Continue with activities like research (e.g., honors thesis), shadowing, internships, apprentice teaching, etc.
Complete graduate school interviews (spring semester)
Make final decisions and preparations

N.B.: It is not necessary to enter graduate school immediately after completing your undergraduate degree. Many students take one or more years after completing their degree before entering graduate school. If you decide to defer graduate school for a while, it is important to remain connected to the field with some of your activities and work prior to applying to graduate school.

Important Skills for Graduate School:
Public Speaking
Writing and Professional Communication Skills
Research Skills
Time Management and Organizational Skills
Assertiveness and the Ability to Function Independently
Effectiveness in Interview Situations
Strong Familiarity with One’s Chosen Field
Self-care Skills and the Ability to Balance Work and Personal Functioning

Items Typically Reviewed by Graduate Admissions Committees:
GPA, including in Psych and during last 2 years
GRE scores
Completed credits as an undergrad - a minimum # is often required (e.g., 24 credits) in psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a laboratory course
Three or more letters of recommendation
One or more papers from psychology courses, e.g., a laboratory paper and a term paper
A personal statement of educational and professional goals
Interviews with the admissions committee

Graduate Programs

Accredited Doctoral Programs in Professional Psychology (APA)
http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/index.aspx. See also the general Graduate Program information above.

Some Clinical or Counseling Graduate Programs that have Accepted Lehigh Psychology Department Alumni:

Alliant University – California School of Professional Psychology
Boston College
Boston University
Boston University School of Medicine
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Columbia University
DePaul University
Florida Institute of Technology
George Washington University
Hofstra University
Indiana U. – Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
La Salle University
Lehigh University
Loyola College, Maryland
Marquette University
Marywood University
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Northeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
NYU
Pace University
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Rutgers University
Syracuse University
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Montana
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Widener University
Yeshiva University