Succeeding in Graduate School
Characteristics Associated with Success in Graduate School
This list of characteristics associated with success in graduate school can (a) help you determine if graduate school is for you, and (b) help you recognize important qualities that you possess that could be emphasized in a statement of purpose.
Applying to Graduate School
Writing the Statment of Purpose
Thoughts on Writing a Personal Statement for Graduate School
The Statement of Purpose: Just what are they looking for anyway?
The first document provides a summary of advice compiled by Dr. Furr at Wake Forest University. The second file is an essay on what to include and what not to include in your statement of purpose when applying to graduate schools in psychology.
The Graduate School Interview
Applying to Graduate School: The Interview Process (Observer)
The first step in obtaining a graduate degree in psychology is to get into graduate school -- no small feat, even for the best students. If you are well-qualified and well-matched to a particular program, you might be invited to visit the campus for an interview. The interview is your golden opportunity to demonstrate your interests and skills and to learn whether a program is right for you. It can make or break your chances of gaining an offer. In this article, we provide a set of guidelines for how to interview successfully and improve your chances of being admitted to a graduate program in psychology.
Choosing an Advisor
Choosing your Graduate Advisor
This web site provides advice on choice of an grad school adviser. As it states on the site, "Students...should approach this important decision in the same way that an investor evaluates a potential business risk. Why? The choice of adviser directly dictates the career possibilities that open to you as a graduate student."
Getting Research Experience
There are numerous web sites with information about graduate programs in psychology. The Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (room 219) has many books and resources to help you get started. There is no substitute for spending time reading, thinking, and researching your different options. Here are a few links to get you started.
- APA information for students -- click here to access the APA's resources on career and graduate school options in psychology.
- The Pursuing Psychology Graduate School Information Page
- All Psychology Schools: Graduate School Information
- Clinical Psychology Graduate School Fact Sheet