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Graduate School

A graduate degree, either at the masters or doctoral level, is required for some careers in psychology. For example, a Ph.D. is required to be a professor or a scientist. A graduate degree is also required for many careers involving providing services to individuals with mental health or similar concerns.

Choosing the right graduate program can be tricky, especially for students interested in pursuing a career in clinical practice. Students who are interested in a career in clinical practice should be aware that there are several different types of degrees, including a masters, Psy.D., or Ph.D., that can lead to a career in therapy or other types of mental health work. The Psy.D. is a more clinically-oriented version of the Ph.D. and there are different requirements associated with these programs of study. Master’s degrees can be particularly confusing because some will allow you to gain licensure to practice psychotherapy independently and some will not. Students should contact their psychology advisor for help exploring the possibility of applying to graduate programs in psychology. Below are useful resources for learning about preparing for graduate school in psychology.

Considering a career in counseling or psychotherapy?

There are many different types of careers and educational paths to choose from – it can be confusing! For an overview of the options, check out the External Link Careers in Psychology and External Link Careers in Counseling and Psychotherapy sites.

Considering a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology?

This FAQ produced by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology programs may help. In addition, please consult the following resources:

Some resources for choosing a graduate program in clinical psychology: