Grad School Tip of the Month: Tips for New Majors

What is graduate school and do I need to go?
Graduate school is schooling beyond your bachelor’s degree.  You could complete a masters (typically 2-3 years) or Ph.D. (typically 4-6 years) in Psychology, Human Development, or another area (social work, law, medicine, business, etc.).  You will need to go to graduate school if you are interested in becoming a therapist, researcher, and/or being a professor. 

How do I get into grad school?
Getting into grad school is a competitive process, so you will want to make sure that you are as well-qualified as you can be.  This means getting good grades, good scores on the necessary standardized test (e.g., GRE, MAT, LSAT, etc.), good letters of recommendations from your professors, and a good record of involvement in the department and/or community (e.g., internships, volunteer experiences, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, honors projects, etc.).  It’s never too early to start thinking about grad school or getting involved! 

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