This timetable should be viewed as a suggestion only! Your academic advisor will work with you on an individual basis to help you decide what is in your best interests.
- Meet with your advisor to discuss plans for college career and possibly discuss tentative ideas for after graduation.
- Talk with psychology professors about their research interests.
- Join the Psychology Club.
- Choose one professor to begin working with his/her research projects.
- Take P250/P251 - Experimental Methods and Statistics.
- Talk with Career Services & Placement about the possibility of doing a practicum during your junior year.
- Continue talking with your academic advisor about your post-graduation plans.
- Continue working with a professor on research (either continue with the same professor or choose a new professor).
- Begin practicum experience.
- Get information about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Millers Analogies Test (MAT). These tests are required by many graduate schools for admission into their programs. The GRE is similar in nature to the SAT containing both a Verbal and a Quantitative (Math) section. You will also want to take the Advanced Psychology Test on the GRE that will assess your level of psychological knowledge as compared to other psychology majors. The MAT is an analogies test. Fewer schools use this test.
- Begin to gather information about those graduate programs to which you would like to apply. It is best to send postcards to those programs during the summer before your senior year.
There is a handbook of graduate programs in the United States located in the Social Sciences office. Any faculty member can show you how to use this book and the important variables about each program. In general, try to find those programs whose interests match yours and are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Continue with research and/or practicum. The more experience you have, the more attractive you will be to graduate admission committees. Be sure to learn the basics of using a computer and SPSS.
- Register to take the GRE and the MAT in the early fall (usually offered in October).
- Collect application materials from all programs and meet with your academic advisor to narrow your choices. Select 8-12 programs to which you will apply.
- Complete applications and mail. Many programs have deadlines of December 1st or January 1st. Be sure to send your materials at least two weeks early to prevent delays. Be sure to give those professors writing you letters of recommendation at least one month to write their letters. Also, it is wise to give professors the deadlines for each program.
- Interview: Most graduate programs will ask you to come to an interview. GO! The interview is a good chance for the admissions committee to learn about you and for you to decide whether you would be happy at this program. If your interests do not match the interests of the program, it is unlikely that you will be happy. If the program does not request an interview, call them and ask when you can schedule a visit to the campus.
- Discuss with your advisor the proper procedures for declining and accepting offers from graduate programs.