Graduate School and Career Opportunities
Ninety-one percent of those who participated in the alumni survey indicated receiving job offers or an acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation. In order to pursue a career as a professional psychologist, one must attain at least a Master's degree in the field. In some specialties, a Doctorate is required, either for licensure or for employment. In general, one may expect to spend at least one year (usually it requires two years) in fulltime graduate study to attain a Master's degree; three years may be necessary for programs which require an internship (e.g. clinical psychology). One may expect to spend at least four years in fulltime graduate study to obtain the Ph.D. degree; five years may be necessary for programs which require an internship.
Students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, Experimental Psychology, or Psychometrics may choose to combine the B. S. Psychology Major with a second major or a minor in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, computer science, or mathematics. Many graduate schools require reading proficiency in German, French, or Russian for the Ph.D. degree. All graduate schools prefer that applicants for Ph.D. programs have several math and science courses in their undergraduate curriculum (even clinical and counseling Ph.D. programs).
If you think graduate school may be for you, be sure to look at the following links carefully. It is never too soon to start planning.
As a diabetic and a pediatric nurse, Sally Southard '77 focuses on supporting children, in particular those with diabetes. She finishes her sixth term on the Salem School Board in December 2013.