On March 22nd, 2017, the Psychology and Human Development Departments put on an event featuring a short talk from both Dr. Martin and Dr. Burns, and a panel discussion with three current students who were accepted to graduate programs. Here are a few things we learned and talked about!
Depending on the program, you may have to fund your education
Sometimes, there is funding available through TA or RA positions
Typically 4 to 6 years
Most of the time, you can receive funding for your education through TA or RA positions.
These programs are highly competitive and harder to get into.
Fewer classes, which can be intensive, but less structured than undergraduate classes
As a student, it is your responsibility to organize and prioritize your assignments. There may not be deadlines for assignments, but they need to get done.
How do you decide where to go to graduate school?
Look for programs that match your goals, research interests, and faculty you see yourself being able to work with.
Make sure you are willing to live where the graduate school is located. If you know you don’t want to live somewhere, don’t apply to schools in that area.
Look for numbers of students accepted, internship placement rates, retention rates, licensure of the school, etc. to make an educated choice.
Grad School Panel Students say: Research the school! It will help you decide, and it will help you if you need to interview for questions, etc.
The Application Process:
Applications will typically include: a form, transcripts to all institutions (read directions for each school carefully), resume/curriculum vitae, writing sample, GRE/MAT or others, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
The Personal Statement: usually an essay describing (sometimes there is a prompt) your goals, why you want to go to graduate school/that specific school, and how that school will help you meet your goals.
Make sure to have others read your personal statement. It is extremely important to double check for spelling or grammatical errors.
Grad Panel Students say: Write, revise, fix again, edit, and continue. Start your personal statements early! Have Career Services and your advisor read over it and make sure to revise. You will also need to write different personal statements for each school. Most of the time, they ask unique and specific questions.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE is a standardized test, much like the ACT, for graduate admissions.
Most students will only need to take the GRE, but some may be asked to take the Psychology Subject Test as well.
There is a fee associated with taking the exam, so plan for that.
Some schools require different tests, like the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Grad Panel Students say: Plan early! Also, plan financially because the test does cost money, and it can cost money to send scores. You can send up to four scores at the time of the exam, but you will have to pay afterwards to send to more schools. Also, make sure to study!
Letters of Recommendation
Most of the time, you will be asked to have between 2 to 3 letters from faculty.
The people that you ask to write you letters should know you well enough to write you a strong letter.
The Cost of Applying
The fees associated with applying to graduate school are usually the application form, the standardized test you may be required to take, getting your official transcripts sent to each school, and if you need to travel for interviews or visits.
On average, students will spend around $700 on everything. However, some students spend more, and some students spend less.
We hope this helps! Good luck on your search for schools and applying! Remember, the faculty in the Psychology and Human Development are always willing to help! They are amazing resources to use, so make sure to ask questions when you have them. Want to learn more? Click the links below!
1. When will you graduate? My projected graduation date is Spring 2018. 2. What are your career plans? My career plan is to earn my MD in psychiatry. 3. Why did you major in psychology? I entered college already knowing that psychology was a field of study that I needed to pursue. I had a phenomenal experience with AP Psychology in high school, and I believe that primed me into continuing the science. Plus, I’ve always been intrigued with how individuals respond emotionally in specific situations, the thought processes that human beings have on a daily basis, and physiologically how the brain works. 4. What do you do for fun? For fun, you can find me either reading a book, playing video games, working out (or mustering up the motivation to work out), and being around my friends. 5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? An academic achievement that made me feel quite proud is being inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society. I always hoped that one day I would be part of a collegiate honor society, especially one that prides themselves in advancing psychological research. I am also quite proud of my Psychology GPA. 6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite book would probably be “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath. I also really enjoy the TV show “Brain Games”. 7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I will continue to seize any opportunity that comes my way within the Psychology department, continue my involvement in research, and hopefully take part in an internship. 8. What else do you want people to know about you? I dream big, but that’s the only way to dream in my mind. With hard work and dedication, I know that there is nothing that can stand in the way of my dreams.
1. When will you graduate? I graduate in Spring 2018. 2.What are your career plans? I want to become a high school counselor or an athletic director while being a JV or Freshman softball coach. 3. Why did you major in psychology? When I was in high school my best friend went through a span of time where she was contemplating suicide, and I spent various sleepless nights talking her from that decision. I realized after this, that studying psychology and becoming a school counselor gives me the opportunity to help other kids at a critical point in their lives as well. 4. What do you do for fun? I love to read, eat watermelon, watch Hulu, eat cake, coach and umpire softball, long board, sing in the shower, spend time with my friends and family, playing with my corgi puppy Ace, and watch baseball. 5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of my GPA and getting on the highest honors list for the past few semesters. 6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite TV shows are Elementary and Scrubs, my favorite books are the Infernal Devices, and favorite movie is point break. I love how these stories pull readers and watchers psychologically into the world they have created. 7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to become more active in the Psychology department and it’s events and organizations!
When will you graduate? I will graduate in May 2017.
What are your career plans? I want to work in the corporate setting in the areas of worker well-being and worker safety. Another possible area of interest would be leadership development to choose the best possible person to promote in the company.
Why did you major in psychology? It was the first entity I found a passion for other than basketball. Once I had that feeling, I knew I had the possibility of making a difference in the world and accomplishing my goals.
What do you do for fun? I like to play basketball, and hang out with friends.
What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I use to never really care about school or good grades but once I started Psychology I did not have to try to care, it just happened. I am most proud of earning semester highest honors and getting involved with research with the amazing faculty here at UWGB.
What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite book about psychology is Sports Mind (thanks Allee). My favorite movie/documentary would be The Imposter.
What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to continue building relationships with my professors and participating in research on campus. I hope to make a difference and be remembered by the faculty I worked with as a hardworking dedicated individual.
What else do you want people to know about you? I am an open book and always love to help people, if anyone ever has any questions about the psych program or anything in general I will try my best to answer that question for you or find someone who can.
When did you graduate? I graduated in May of 2009.
What do you do now? Currently I am an Enrollment Advisor/Financial Aid Specialist at Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC). Up until August of 2016 I was also teaching online courses for Oregon State University for the Human Development and Family Studies department. I work in a unique location as MCTC is located right in downtown Minneapolis. I provide higher-level, one-on-one services to students who are encountering multiple barriers in their pursuit of higher education and this position has been and continues to be extraordinarily rewarding.
Why did you major in psychology? I have to credit Dr. Gurung for my path down the rabbit hole that is Psychology; his passion for Psychology and education was and continues to be contagious. I later added Human Development as another major because of the parallels in curriculum and my own personal interests that were developing, thanks to Dr. Bartell and her focus on personal/romantic relationship research as it pertained to academic success. The love and support you feel from the Psychology and Human Development faculty is genuine and second to none.
What do you do for fun? I love the outdoors, no matter the weather so I try to find my inner peace in the woods and waters of Minnesota and Wisconsin. My wife and I are transplants to Minnesota so we’re usually exploring what this state has to offer. I’m also exploring the food and craft beer scene here in the Twin Cities. Yes, I’m a craft brew snob and proud of it.
What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of being nudged out of my comfort zone and getting involved as a teaching assistant and research assistant for Dr. Bartell and Dr. Jill White (whom has since moved on from UW-Green Bay). Learning methods of pedagogy and being involved in research as an undergraduate was a life-changing experience. From that, presenting research at the International Association of Relationship Research (IARR) in 2008 in Providence, RI with Dr. Bartell and fellow students was an incredible experience and opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show, related to psychology? Favorite book- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness of Industry; favorite movie – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I left my graduate program prematurely after defending my Master’s thesis, mainly based on fit and the direction the program was going (and also due to the death of my advisor). After working in higher education for the past 4 years, I am beginning the process of narrowing down doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs. My timeline to apply and enroll is within the next two years, and take the GRE within the next year.
What else do you want people to know about you? I am the middle child of my family; my wife is the middle child of her family. My mom had three boys; my wife’s mother had three girls. My life is a walking research article of family development and interpersonal/romantic relationship theory and there’s never a dull moment!