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Psych Club: Graduate Schools for Psychology

Release date: November 29, 2007

Deciding to pursue a graduate education is not a decision to make lightly, and applying to graduate programs can be a daunting process.  As the Psych Club wraps up the fall semester, Professor Carol Mills gave an overview of preparing for graduate school in Psychology.  Dr. Mills walked the interested students through the process step by step, from course prerequisites for different graduate programs to important factors to consider in selecting compatible graduate programs to apply.

She discussed potential graduate programs that psychology majors and minors may pursue, such as Ph.D., Masters, Psy.D., and Ed.D. and supplemented her presentation with books that provide a wealth of information, such as the Graduate Study in Psychology published by APA , Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and the Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission.  These informative soruces are also available from any of the Psychology faculty advisors for students' later perusal.   

The daunting process of preparing for applying to graduate school became all the more real when Dr. Mills reviewed more specific data on overall acceptance rates across different subareas of psychology, mean scores of accepted applicants' academic performance, final selection criteria for admission and so on.  It was emphasized that early preparation is essential in graduate school planning.

Many former students have gone to seek graduate degrees in Psychology after graduation, and  as such, also attending the event was Lauren O. Conce (Class of '03), who recently received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Bowling Green State niversity.  She also shared a few points  based on her own experience in preparing for graduate school during the presentation.  Incidentally, Dr. Conce will be teaching Applied Psychology in the Spring of 2008.  Studen raised other specific aspects of either graduate programs or other career options in psychology during the Q&A period at the end of the presention.  Well-attended by many students, the event much benefited those interested in learning about their graduate school options. 


The Psych Club has been very active and organized this Fall semester, carrying out the following programs:

         Presentation by Bruce Ramsay on Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury
         Presentation by Traci Martin on Internship Opportunities
         Baby Shower and Luncheon for Dr. Dara Friedman-wheeler
         Presentation on Mental Health Issues at Goucher by Ray Green
         Presentation on Graduate School Opportunities
The final event of the semester adjourned with anticipation for another fruitful semester in the Spring.