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					Graduate Programs in
Psychology

Dr. Michael Anziano
Graduate Degrees in Clinical and
Counseling Psychology
 M Ed. In Counseling (education Masters)
 MA or MS in Counseling Psychology
 MA in Clinical Psychology
 MSW (masters in Social Work)
 Psy D. (Doctor of Psychology)
 Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Graduate School Admission Criteria
     Criteria                        Importance


     GRE / GPA                       Gen. High

     Research Experience             High **

     Related Work Experience         Medium

     Letters of Recommendation       High **

     Statement of Goals/Objectives   High /
                                     Med.

     Related Public Service          Low / Med.

     Interview                       High

     Extracurricular Activity        Low / Med.


     ** Always or Nearly Always Rated High
Psychology MA or MS Programs
 Admission is less competitive
   – Mean GPA typically 2.75 – 3.0
   – Median GRE usually 500 Verbal; 540 Q
 Completion Time Median is 2 years
 Types of Programs (Examples)
   – General Psyc MA
   – Psyc Research or Doctoral Prep MA/MS
   – Clinical MA some with MFT emphasis
   – Counseling Psyc MA
   – Forensic Psyc MA (Univ. of Denver)
Psychology MA or MS Programs
 More students accepted – larger cohorts
  (e.g., 20-40 students may be admitted each year)
 Internships usually required for Clinical or Counseling
  Psychology MA
 Univ. counseling services / community
 Off-campus clinic / Therapeutic setting
 Can be a route to acceptance in Ph. D. Program
   – e.g., In 2003, 8/12 Ph.D. candidates in Counseling Psychology
     at Denver Univ. went to MA Program at D.U.!
MA Programs: 2002-03 examples
                    GRE: V; Q      Acc. Rate

Cal State, Northridge   500; 540   17/20
Gen MA

Pepperdine Univ.        470; 500   42/124
Clinical MA

Univ N. Colo            500; 500   20/25
School Couns. MA

Univ. of Denver         530; 560   30/90
Couns. Psyc MA

Univ. N. Arizona        475; 455   21/56
M Ed / MA
School Couns.

Humboldt State      no minimum     10/15
Gen. MA             GRE not required for
                    Some programs
PsyD. – Professional Degree
Programs
 Admission fairly competitive - 4 –5 years to complete
 Usually offered in Schools of Professional Psychology
 Less research oriented – more applied / practice
 Prepares one for work in clinics, hospitals, private
  practice and state licensure. Involves assessment,
  clinical skills,& treatment of psychological problems.
 Internships required 2nd/3rd year
PsyD. – Professional Degree
Programs
 Some programs offer specialty areas – for example:
 Clinical Psy D
 Forensic Psy D or Psy D / JD comb.
 Clinical Neuropsychology Psy D
 Health Psychology Psy D
 Ecosystemic Child Clinical (Alliant U)
 Larger class size admitted - examples:
 42/120 admitted
 117/184 admitted
 71/159 admitted
PsyD. – Professional Degree
Programs: DRAWBACKS

 EXPENSIVE !! Tuition high / Financial aid low


 Not much in grants, scholarships or TA or RA
  opportunities. Students often older

 Median GRE approximately 575 for Verbal and
  Quantitative
PsyD. Programs (APA accredited)

Program                 GRE V,Q Accpt.Rate     Tuition $   Aid $

Pepperdine Univ.        520; 560   47 / 90       Med       Fair

Univ. of Denver         550; 570   32 / 125      High      Fair

Alliant Univ. (Calif)   not req.   54 / 114      High      Poor

Pacific U. (Oregon)     530; 570   62 / 115       Med      Good

Wright St. Univ         510; 540   32 / 174       Med      Good
(Ohio)

American Prof. Sch.     not req.   106 / 192      Med      Poor
Ph.D. Programs in Psychology
 Admission most competitive – especially
  Clinical Psychology programs
 Very small cohorts admitted - e.g., 6 –15 new
  students each year in University Programs
 Example: U. of Ariz. (2002-03)
   – Clinical Psychology: 8 / 211 accepted
 More research-oriented in all Ph.D. areas.
   – One is “expected to contribute to growth of
     knowledge”
 Breadth and depth of research required
 Doctoral Dissertation may take 1 – 3 or more
  years to complete...
Ph.D. Programs in Psychology
 Many areas of specialization:
  – Clinical, Counseling, Social, Experimental,
    Developmental, Neuroscience, Ethology,
    Educational, Cognitive, etc.
 Median # of years to complete = 6
 Tuition varies, but Financial aid often excellent.
 With so few students all will generally get some
  funding – e.g., TA or RA paid position
 Tuition remission; Grants and scholarships
Ph.D. Programs in Psychology

 Research or Clinical experience weighted
  heavily in admission decisions.
 GRE scores very important.
 Consider Counseling Psych Programs
  housed in Colleges of Education
  (vs. Psych Dept. Clinical)
 Some Professional Grad Schools offer
  APA accredited Ph.D.
Ph.D. Programs – Clinical
Psychology (APA accredited)
Program        GRE V,Q    Accpt.Rate   Tuition $   Aid $


Idaho State    540; 600   20 / 35          Low       Excel.
Univ.

C.U. Boulder   615; 695   6 / 185          Low       Good

Univ. of       560; 660   5 / 136          Med       Excel.
Washington

Univ. of       620; 620   13 / 118         Med       Excel.
Montana
Ph.D. Programs in Counseling Psychology

Program               GRE V; Q Accept. Rate Tuition $   Aid    $
C.S.U. Fort Collins   650; 650   14 / 147    Low        Good
Univ. of Denver       575; 615   12 / 85     High       Good
U.C. Santa Barb.      550; 550   16 / 180    Med        Good
Florida St. Univ.     550; 550   8 / 45      Med        Fair
Univ. of Indiana      530; 625   9 / 107     Med        Excel
Univ. of Kentucky     3.37 GPA   11 / 21     Med        Excel.
MSW Programs
 Admission competitive, but requirements vary
  (e.g., GRE may not be required for admission)
 Preparation for working with youth, families,
  agencies, community organizations, government
 Careers in Dept. of Social Services, Community
  Mental Health Centers, Child Welfare Agencies,
  Social Policy and Community Organization
 Approximately 60 credit hours…
 Takes 2 – 3 years to complete
MSW Programs
 Many programs consist of: Foundation Year and
  Concentration Year. Typical concentrations:
 Clinical Practice: social work counseling with couples,
  families. Child welfare issues, High-Risk youth, adult
  health/ subs.abuse
 Community Practice: Organization and Policy issues,
  social change, community leadership, agency reform,
  etc.
 Admission: Generally a BA plus 20 semester hours in
  social/behavioral science (e.g., psychology)
 GPA: approximately 3.0 minimum
 GRE not required for some programs (e.g., U of Denver)
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