Prepare for the Future
Want to go to graduate school in Psychology? Here are some things every student should know.
Many psychology careers require graduate training. If an undergraduate student strives to be a counselor or clinical psychologist, administer and interpret psychological tests, teach psychology courses in high schools, community colleges or universities, or conduct research, he or she needs to pursue education in Psychology beyond the Bachelor's degree. Depending on career goals, a student may need to earn a Master's degree or Ph.D. in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or other Psychology-related field.
If a student has a career goal in mind, but is unsure what type of training they need, talk with an advisor in the Department of Psychological Sciences.
Important Key Points about Graduate School:
- If planning to attend graduate school, it is important to start planning as early as possible.
- Academic performance as an undergraduate (overall GPA and major GPA) is evaluated by all graduate programs. If a student's GPA is under a 3.0, they may find it difficult to be admitted to a graduate program. Strong evidence illustrating academic potential may also be considered.
- Most graduate programs require applicants to submit scores from the General Record Examination (GRE).
- Graduate Programs often require multiple letters of recommendation from faculty or researchers.
For more information about Graduate School, please visit the links, explore:
- GRE Website This site contains links that will register students to take any of the exams GRE offers, as well as resources for test preparation.
- APA Doctoral Programs This page is part of the APA's website and has a listing of accredited programs in professional psychology. The listings are organized by type of program, including combined professional-scientific psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and school psychology. There are no listings for experimental programs (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social, or biopsychology).
- Social Psychology Network The Social Psychology Network is maintained by Dr. Scott Plous of Wesleyan University, and is supported through an NSF grant. There are many links that pertain specifically to social psychology (i.e. Social Psychology Ph.D. programs, Social Research groups) and to General Psychology (i.e., psychology subject areas, rankings of US Ph.D. programs, psychology career center).
- American Psychological Society
- Check out this list of Graduate School Options
Is there work life beyond a bachelor's degree in Psychology?
A Bachelor's degree in Psychology offers broad training and is often used as a starting point for several different careers. Some psychology majors pursue graduate study in psychology or related fields (see the Graduate Study in Psychology page). Most psychology majors, however, seek employment upon graduation, government or social service agencies, the medical field (e.g, hospitals, research labs), or business (e.g., personnel, sales).
We encourage undergraduate students to contact Kent State's Career Exploration and Development Office , located in Schwartz Center Room 261 for more information about careers and job opportunities. CSC has a variety of free services for Kent State students. At the CSC, students can talk to a career counselor and receive advice on job searching, writing a resume, and interview etiquette. The CSC also provides information about career fairs and other resources for finding available jobs.
Where can I learn more about careers in Psychology?
- See our Quick Guide, which includes degree requirements and expected salaries of Psychology Jobs.
- APA Careers in Psychology discusses careers that graduates with bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degrees often pursue. It also has information about the various roles of psychologists and subfields in psychology.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics contains facts and characteristics.
- O*Net Online provides updated information for all job types including salary rates, job descriptions, and common occupation locations.
- What can I do with this major? Provides information on career paths in Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Public Health, etc.
- Psychology Career Center
- Dr. Kit's Psychology Resource