Graduate School

In general, opportunities for Psychology majors can be split into three different paths when it comes to graduate degrees. 

Psychology majors may opt to get a master’s degree, this is usually in a field such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Social Work. Psychology majors can also go on to get a doctoral degree in a psychology subdiscipline like Clinical Psychology or Social Psychology. Finally, Psychology majors can also go on to pursue graduate education in fields other than Psychology such as other social sciences, law, higher education administration, and many more.  

Masters-Level Education
Doctoral Degrees
Non-Psychology Graduate Degrees

Masters-Level Education

At the master’s-level, most Psychology majors go into fields related to the discipline of psychology such as counseling or social work. Students interested in pursuing a master’s degree are encouraged to research programs and speak with academic or faculty advisors regularly throughout their search. Unlike doctoral degrees, master’s degrees tend not to be funded and can be very expensive, however, many schools offer Graduate Assistantships which usually allow masters students to take on jobs at the university in exchange for tuition coverage and a stipend.

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Doctoral Degrees

There are several doctoral degree paths in psychology. For students interested in the treatment of mental health disorders, there is a Clinical and/or Counseling Ph.D. or Psy.D. There are also experimental or “psych sciences” subdisciplines which include social psychology, health psychology, industrial-organizational psychology and more, and some students pursue medical degrees to become psychiatrists or other medical doctors.

Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to research programs and speak with academic or faculty advisors regularly throughout their search. Additionally, students interested in medicine are encouraged to speak with a pre-med advisor and learn more about the Pre-Medicine Committee.

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Non-Psychology Graduate Degrees

Psychology majors can also pursue graduate education in a number of non-Psychology fields like nursing, law, business, and more.

We encourage you to look at the links below but please note that, although we vet the websites featured on this page, they are tools and the information from them is meant to help students explore potential options, not serve as guides.