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There is no better time to pursue a master’s in psychology. The field has one of the fastest growth rates in the U.S., and the need for mental health professionals is at an all-time high. If you’re passionate about building relationships and helping people and want to grow in your career, here is what you need to know about completing a master’s in psychology degree.
Applying to a Master’s in Psychology Program
Most master’s in psychology programs require an undergraduate degree, though not always in the field of psychology. For example, you can apply with an undergraduate degree in engineering. But most programs like to see applicants who have taken psychology-related courses. If you did not complete an undergraduate degree, some schools offer admission based on life or work experience.
Basic admission requirements for a master’s in psychology can be similar across schools, but each program can also have its own criteria for admissions. Most programs require your undergraduate GPA and transcripts, an essay and letters of recommendation.
The GRE is the most widely accepted standardized testing that most graduate programs tend to accept. However, in recent years as standardized testing is being reevaluated as an indicator of future academic success, many schools are moving away from this requirement.
Students may also need to interview for a program. Though interviews can be daunting, they also function as a two-way street: It’s a way for the program to get to know you and for you to get to know them.
How Long is a Master’s in Psychology Degree Program?
The length of a program depends on many factors, such as the specialty you pursue, whether you can attend full- or part-time, and the length of a thesis or internship. Full-time students complete programs in two years, while students who have outside responsibilities or need to continue working often take three or more years to complete a program.
Each school has a minimum number of required credits, often between 40 to 60 credits. Most programs also include an internship that lasts six months to a year and provides real-world, supervised experience in your future occupation. …….