Thinking of Graduate School?
Q. Why should I consider graduate school?
Psychology continues to be profession where the careers with the highest earning potential and responsibility are landed by those with graduate degrees.Q. What can I do now to prepare myself for graduate school (a four year plan)?Freshman & Sophomore Years:
- Take your Psychology prerequisite courses early in your undergraduate career
- Freshman: PS101 Introduction to Psychology & any MAT212 Introduction to Statistics prerequisite
- Sophomore: MAT212 Introduction to Statistics (NOTE: If you are eligible to enroll in MAT212 Introduction to Statistics as a freshman, do it, and accelerate the rest of this timetable.
Summer between Junior and Senior years:
- Fall: PS322 Research Methods I
- Spring: PS324 Research Methods II
- Submit your research paper from PS324 to The Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Conference (early April deadline).
- Explore your career interests by volunteering at sites that are similar to your career goals: hospitals, clinics, rest homes, research labs, industry, etc.
- Visit graduate programs via cyberspace.
- Write to graduate programs to inquire about their admission policies, programs, etc.
- Prepare to take the GRE (study, study, study). Get books and software (e.g., ETS, Kaplan), and get going. Have a 10 - 15 week study schedule leading to the GRE test date.
- Use the GRE preparation software purchased by the department. Visit the Library Reference Desk and ask to see the computers that have the GRE software loaded on them.
- Prepare a draft of your personal statement.
- Request literature/applications from graduate programs of interest to you.
- Personally visit graduate programs to talk to potential mentors among the graduate faculty.
- Take the GRE in August before you start fall classes.
Q. What is Essential Course Sequencing in the Graduate School Track?Freshman
- Fall: PS380 & PS380L Human Memory & Cognition / Laboratory, PS490 Capstone in Psychology
- Take the Psychology Subject GRE, usually in December.
- Conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty member in the department
- Submit your completed research project to the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (November 1 deadline)
- Submit your applications for graduate school (Apply to as many programs as you can afford, and to a variety of programs, from your first choice to others you would be happy to attend.)
- Spring: PS424 Research Methods III
- Submit a Spring research project to The Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Conference (mid-April)
- Present your Fall research project at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (late April/early May)
- Have peak experiences: Continue volunteering at relevant sites for "career" experience and exposure.
PS101 Introduction to Psychology and Complete MAT212 PrerequisiteSophomore
MAT212 Introduction to Statistics and PS Core/Elective ClassesJunior
Fall Semester: PS322 Research I and PS Core/Elective Classes
Spring Semester: PS324 Research II and PS Core/Elective ClassesSenior
Fall Semester: PS380/L Human Memory & Cognition/Lab, PS490 Capstone, and PS Core/Electives
Spring Semester: PS424 Research III and PS Elective ClassesQ. What is involved in the application process for graduate school?Click here for complete information.Where Ursuline Psychology Graduates are Accepted for Graduate School