Planning Your Graduate Education: The Basics

For many students, a B.A. in Psychology will be an important stepping stone to a graduate degree. Students who are interested in working directly with patients in clinical settings may pursue a wide variety of graduate degrees including a MSW, MFT, Ph.D. or Psy.D. Those who orient more toward academic or careers, will probably want to focus on a Ph.D. in one of the research disciplines of Psychology. There are also psychologists working in commercial settings (which generally requires a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology), legal settings (which might require a joint Ph.D. and law degree), and in primary or secondary schools (generally requiring a masters or Ph.D. in School Psychology). Of course, students with a Psychology degree might also go on to get graduate degrees in distantly related fields, like medicine.

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  • University of Southern California
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