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  1. Graduate Programs in Psychology Dr. Michael Anziano

  2. Graduate Degrees in Clinical and Counseling Psychology • M Ed. In Counseling (education Masters) • MA or MS in Counseling Psychology • MA in Clinical Psychology • MSW (masters in Social Work) • Psy D. (Doctor of Psychology) • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

  3. Graduate School Admission Criteria ** Always or Nearly Always Rated High

  4. Psychology MA or MS Programs • Admission is less competitive • Mean GPA typically 2.75 – 3.0 • Median GRE usually 500 Verbal; 540 Q • Completion Time Median is 2 years • Types of Programs (Examples) • General Psyc MA • Psyc Research or Doctoral Prep MA/MS • Clinical MA some with MFT emphasis • Counseling Psyc MA • Forensic Psyc MA (Univ. of Denver)

  5. Psychology MA or MS Programs • More students accepted – larger cohorts (e.g., 20-40 students may be admitted each year) • Internships usually required for Clinical or Counseling Psychology MA • Univ. counseling services / community • Off-campus clinic / Therapeutic setting • Can be a route to acceptance in Ph. D. Program • e.g., In 2003, 8/12 Ph.D. candidates in Counseling Psychology at Denver Univ. went to MA Program at D.U.!

  6. MA Programs: 2002-03 examples

  7. PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs • Admission fairly competitive - 4 –5 years to complete • Usually offered in Schools of Professional Psychology • Less research oriented – more applied / practice • Prepares one for work in clinics, hospitals, private practice and state licensure. Involves assessment, clinical skills,& treatment of psychological problems. • Internships required 2nd/3rd year

  8. PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs • Some programs offer specialty areas – for example: • Clinical Psy D • Forensic Psy D or Psy D / JD comb. • Clinical Neuropsychology Psy D • Health Psychology Psy D • Ecosystemic Child Clinical (Alliant U) • Larger class size admitted - examples: • 42/120 admitted • 117/184 admitted • 71/159 admitted

  9. PsyD. – Professional Degree Programs: DRAWBACKS • EXPENSIVE !! Tuition high / Financial aid low • Not much in grants, scholarships or TA or RA opportunities. Students often older • Median GRE approximately 575 for Verbal and Quantitative

  10. PsyD. Programs (APA accredited)

  11. Ph.D. Programs in Psychology • Admission most competitive – especially Clinical Psychology programs • Very small cohorts admitted - e.g., 6 –15 new students each year in University Programs • Example: U. of Ariz. (2002-03) • Clinical Psychology: 8 / 211 accepted • More research-oriented in all Ph.D. areas. • One is “expected to contribute to growth of knowledge” • Breadth and depth of research required • Doctoral Dissertation may take 1 – 3 or more years to complete...

  12. Ph.D. Programs in Psychology • Many areas of specialization: • Clinical, Counseling, Social, Experimental, Developmental, Neuroscience, Ethology, Educational, Cognitive, etc. • Median # of years to complete = 6 • Tuition varies, but Financial aid often excellent. • With so few students all will generally get some funding – e.g., TA or RA paid position • Tuition remission; Grants and scholarships

  13. Ph.D. Programs in Psychology • Research or Clinical experience weighted heavily in admission decisions. • GRE scores very important. • Consider Counseling Psych Programs housed in Colleges of Education (vs. Psych Dept. Clinical) • Some Professional Grad Schools offer APA accredited Ph.D.

  14. Ph.D. Programs – Clinical Psychology (APA accredited)

  15. Ph.D. Programs in Counseling Psychology

  16. MSW Programs • Admission competitive, but requirements vary (e.g., GRE may not be required for admission) • Preparation for working with youth, families, agencies, community organizations, government • Careers in Dept. of Social Services, Community Mental Health Centers, Child Welfare Agencies, Social Policy and Community Organization • Approximately 60 credit hours… • Takes 2 – 3 years to complete

  17. MSW Programs • Many programs consist of: Foundation Year and Concentration Year. Typical concentrations: • Clinical Practice: social work counseling with couples, families. Child welfare issues, High-Risk youth, adult health/ subs.abuse • Community Practice: Organization and Policy issues, social change, community leadership, agency reform, etc. • Admission: Generally a BA plus 20 semester hours in social/behavioral science (e.g., psychology) • GPA: approximately 3.0 minimum • GRE not required for some programs (e.g., U of Denver)

  18. Any questions?