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Misconceptions About Applying to Psychology Graduate Programs

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Published on Sep 30, 2010

http://www.siue.edu/education/psychol...

Click on the link above to learn more about the psychology masters programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), an Illinois public university located just outside of St. Louis, MO.

This video can be summarized as follows:

1. Getting into a (high-quality) psychology graduate program is much more competitive than getting into a typical college/university for undergraduate study. Keep in mind that when you apply to a graduate program, you are competing against a lot of other good students.
2. To get into a high-quality psychology graduate program, you must convince the admissions committee that you are an excellent fit for that particular program (e.g., that your specific interests match the faculty's specific interests).
3. In graduate school you will have much more responsibility for your own learning and progress. Nobody will make you get your masters thesis done, for example.
4. If you tell yourself you only want to attend a graduate program in a particular region (e.g., "I'm applying to three programs in the St. Louis area), you greatly reduce your chances of getting into a good program.

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