Graduate School Preparation


Graduate School Advising (GSA) is available for Psychology majors and minors and for Pre-Physical Therapy majors through the Psychology Advising and Resource Center (PARC). The purpose of GSA is to help students with all aspects of the graduate school process (not just specific to psychology graduate school), including:

  1. Deciding on appropriate pathways/training opportunities to prepare for future study of psychology
  2. Deciding on whether or not they want to attend graduate school
  3. Deciding upon areas of study for graduate school
  4. Utilizing search programs/materials to locate appropriate graduate study programs
  5. Identifying locations and preparatory strategies for completing prerequisite exams (i.e., GRE, Psychology GRE)
  6. Preparing materials for graduate school applications (i.e., curriculum vitae, personal statements)
  7. Editing application materials
  8. Soliciting letters of recommendation
  9. Navigating the interview process
  10. Choosing the appropriate program


If you would like to speak with an Advisor about any of the above or anything else related to graduate school, please come by and visit us today.

To explore our handouts regarding specific graduate school and career paths, please see the Advising Tracks page.


Below, please find links to several important sites associated with graduate school, along with several important documents related to graduate school prepared by the PARC:


Graduate Study Online from the American Psychological Association (APA) :

  • This is the most comprehensive website regarding graduate study in psychology and can be used for up to 3-months for $30. It is essentially an electronic version of the APA Graduate Study in Psychology book. The Advising Office has a subscription to this online search engine, which students who visit the PARC are welcome to use with an Advisor.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs :

  • For students interested in the counseling route, as opposed to the clinical psychology route, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs puts out a list of all of the accredited Counseling masters programs in the nation. :

  • This is a free online search engine for graduate programs in psychology.

Graduate Record Exam :

  • Most graduate programs in psychology and related areas require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The ETS website has information about the test and to register.

Additional information about graduate school is frequently produced by the following organizations:


Getting In :

  • This is a great book that provides readers with tips on all aspects of the graduate school application process in psychology.

Graduate Study in Psychology :

  • This is the book equivalent of the Graduate Study Online search through APA.

Documents Prepared by the PARC

How to be a Competitive Applicant  :

  • This document gives an overview of how to begin early in your undergraduate career to be a competitive applicant for graduate school.

Timeline for Applying to Graduate School  :

  • This document gives a general overview of how students can prepare for graduate school in psychology, beginning as early as freshman year!

Where am I now?  :

  • This document helps students assess their strengths and areas for growth regarding graduate school.

Applying to Graduate School in Psychology  :

  • This article gives a general overview of the application process and provides tips.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)  :

  • This document provides students an example of a CV.

Statement of Purpose  :

  • This document provides tips for writing an effective statement of purpose.

Recommendation Letters  :

  • This document provides an overview of and tips for securing letter writers.

***There are many more documents available related to graduate school and the application process available in the PARC. Please stop by today for more information!