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Psychology Graduate Schools

Psychology Graduate Schools

 

The Master's and the Doctorate in Psychology

 

Most major universities and colleges offer postgraduate studies in psychology.  The number of specialties in the field today has resulted in some schools focusing on particular areas, while others stick to the standard model of clinical psychology.  Both master's programs and doctorates are widely available in post secondary education.  Master's programs are often essentially pre-doctoral courses of study, as so many of the career opportunities in psychology require a PhD.

 

One profession that requires a master's degree only is the position of school psychologist.  All states license school psychologists for their primary and secondary schools.  In most cases, the educational requirements are a master's degree and certain coursework pertaining specifically to primary and secondary education.  Those courses may or may not be part of the master's program; in either case, the aspiring school psychologist also must pass a state exam.  There are also some counseling opportunities to people who hold master's degrees in psychology, notably in public health clinics and in substance abuse facilities.

 

Having a Goal and Finding a Graduate School in Psychology

 

Students considering graduate study in psychology often are unaware of the wide variety of program options available to them. Although most students are familiar with traditional specialties such as clinical and counseling psychology, some of the most cutting-edge professional specializations are less well known. Some examples of specialty graduate programs include the doctoral program in clinical health psychology at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, developmental psychology at Loyola University Chicago, mathematical psychology and computational modeling, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Notre Dame.

 

The University of California at Berkeley has their graduate division of the Department of Psychology divided into four areas of study.  The Clinical Unit describes their orientation as one "of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems... "

 

The Cognition, Brain and Behavior Program "with an appreciation of a broad-based analysis of behavior, offers graduate training and research programs in three broad areas: Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Cognitive Psychology. 

 

The Social/Personality Program "provides training in six core areas: (1) self, identity, and culture; (2) social cognition; (3) emotion, motivation, and health; (4) personality processes and adult development; (5) interpersonal and intergroup relations; and (6) groups and organizations."  The final study group focuses on Developmental Psychology.

 

Here is an example of one Psychology Department's subdivision of the discipline into focal areas.  The list of specialty programs in the Midwest illustrates the fact that some universities become known for certain areas of psychological study and become research centers for those areas.
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