Misconceptions About Applying to Psychology Graduate Programs

Misconceptions About Applying to Psychology Graduate Programs


Click on the link above to learn more about the psychology masters programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), an Illinois public university located just outside of St. Louis, MO.

This video can be summarized as follows:

1. Getting into a (high-quality) psychology graduate program is much more competitive than getting into a typical college/university for undergraduate study. Keep in mind that when you apply to a graduate program, you are competing against a lot of other good students.
2. To get into a high-quality psychology graduate program, you must convince the admissions committee that you are an excellent fit for that particular program (e.g., that your specific interests match the faculty’s specific interests).
3. In graduate school you will have much more responsibility for your own learning and progress. Nobody will make you get your masters thesis done, for example.
4. If you tell yourself you only want to attend a graduate program in a particular region (e.g., “I’m applying to three programs in the St. Louis area), you greatly reduce your chances of getting into a good program.


September 30, 2010 / 7 Comments / by / in
  • thanks a lot

  • Glad you found it helpful.

  • The clinical psychology masters program at SIUE recently launched a Facebook page that gives you an inside look at what it's like to be in such a graduate program.

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  • Thank you for uploading. Beyond saying important thing, I think this professor cured my depression.

  • hı, this was really helpful and if you don’t mind I really wanna get your opinion about something. I graduated from English Literature and Language and also on my first year I got a course on psychology. In this case, can I apply for phd program on psychology? and I’m from turkey so I’ll get Toefl of course, I’m trying to get 115 at least but also do I have to get GRE? Thanks for your answers in advance.

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