The graduate pathway for psychology majors is either a professional pathway (psychology in practice/applied psychology, law or medicine) or a research pathway (academic/research in psychology). A master’s degree usually requires 2 to 3 years of course work after the bachelor’s degree and a PhD will take 5 to 7 years beyond the bachelor’s. The selection of a master’s or doctorate degree should be based on interest in either practice or research and on commitment level. Read Graduate Degree Options for Psychology Majors for information on different graduate degree pathways. An advanced degree is required for a career as a Counselor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist/Doctor, attorney, and other advanced specializations. In some cases, licensure and/or certification will be required to become a practitioner with your advanced degree.
There are many resources to get you started with preparation for graduate school and you should meet with your academic advisor to discuss your graduate school goals. The resources below will assist you in becoming familiar with the general factors for admission, in learning about the timeline to follow as an undergraduate student, and in preparing your application materials.