One of the most frequent requests I receive is for assistance choosing a psychology graduate program. Which program is right for me based on my interests and goals? Can you help me select a social psychology program? Which school in Texas has the best psychology program? For obvious reasons, I cannot answers all of these questions. Not only is it impossible to be familiar with every single program that is available, I also have no way of fully understanding your unique situation, including your educational background and goals.
When you are trying to select a psychology graduate program, there is no quick and easy shortcut, adviser, or online tool that can definitively tell you "Hey, this is the perfect program for you!" Simply put, you need to do the research yourself. Only you know exactly what you are looking for and what your criteria are. The search can be tough, but making the effort will be well worth it.
Start by making a list of things that you are looking for in a psychology graduate program. What type of degrees are you interested in? How long are you willing to spend pursuing your degree? You might also want to consider whether or not you might be interested in earning your degree online.
Once you have a list of factors that are important to you, it is time to start the hunt for the perfect school. One option is to check out online directories to find programs that suit your needs. If attending school in a specific geographic location is important, you might contact schools in that area to find out which programs are available.
After you have compiled a list of potential programs, then next step is to compare and contrast to determine which ones best meet your already established criteria.
If you need additional assistance, consider checking out this list of things you should consider before picking a psychology graduate program as well as our psychology graduate school FAQ. For those of you who have already chosen a program, be sure to visit the Graduate School site here at black-rose-bielefeld.de for lots of great admissions tips including when to apply, how to get letters of recommendation, and how to write a great admissions essay.
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