Graduate School Tip of the Month: Carefully Investigate Graduate Programs

One of the first steps to take if you are interested in graduate school is to decide what type of program (e.g. Social Psychology, Counseling) you hope to pursue and then investigate specific schools (e.g., UW-Madison, Northwestern) that offer training in that area. You should attempt to identify the type of program you want to pursue as early as you can because, for example, you will want to take different classes and experiences (e.g., volunteer, internship, research) to be competitive for a Social Psychology program versus one in Counseling Psychology. Students who plan to apply for graduate study should be identifying specific schools to apply to in the Spring of their junior year (that’s now for many of you!). You will need time to investigate the schools and to decide on which ones are the best “fit” for you. There will be more in a future issue of the PF about how to identify the “right” program for you. Meanwhile, check out the great lists below that include information about specific fields of graduate study and even links to lists of accredited programs.

General Information about Graduate Fields of Study:
Clinical Psychology-
http://www.apa.org/divisions/div12/aboutcp.html
Counseling-
http://www.counseling.org/
Counseling Psychology-
http://www.div17.org/students_defining.html
Developmental Psychology-
http://classweb.gmu.edu/awinsler/div7/dotdep.shtml
Industrial/Organizational Psychology-
http://www.siop.org/GTP/
Marriage & Family Therapy-
http://www.aamft.org/index_nm.asp
Relationship Studies-
http://www.iarr.org/resources/gradprograms.html
School Counseling-
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
School Psychology-
http://www.nasponline.org/certification/becoming.aspx
Social/Personality Psychology-
http://www.spsp.org/what.htm
Social Work-
http://www.naswdc.org/profession/overview.asp
Graduate Programs Across Fields-
http://www.gradschools.com/

Lists of Accredited Programs
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Applied programs (e.g., those that involve providing counseling or therapy services) are often accredited by a national organization, such as the American Psychological Association. More information about accreditation and links to lists of accredited programs in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Social Work can be found on Dr. Vespia’s website.

Graduate Study Books in MAC C311:
Graduate and Undergraduate Study in Marriage and Family.
APA’s Graduate Study in Psychology
Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology