The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related Professions

The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related Professions

The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related Professions

The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related Professions


Should I go to graduate school? How do I choose where to apply? Are my grades and accomplishments good enough to get in? Who should I ask to write recommendation letters for me, and how should I approach these people? How do I write my "personal statement?" When will I hear my fate, and how should I make my final decision? These are just a few of the many questions to which this well-researched, thorough, and extremely user-friendly book offers answers. Students who are contemplating graduate training in psychology, counseling, and related fields are often apprehensive and confused about applying to graduate school, but this book takes the guesswork and anxiety out of the process. The tone and features (such as the Q&A format, timeline for application-related tasks and activities, and special advice for special populations) that made the first edition so successful, eliciting hundreds of thank-you notes and e-mail messages to the author, are just as evident in this new edition. The book has been thoroughly updated to include coverage of new topics such as use of the internet and e-mail, as well as changing trends in the professions. The most obvious difference is that the book is now significantly shorter as a result of meticulous rewriting, making it even easier to use. There have been attempts since the publication of the first edition to copy the format of this book, but none of the others have successfully duplicated the depth of research-based advice and the supportive style that make this book the guide of choice for thousands of graduate-school bound students and their advisors.


This is the book we wish had been available when we stumbled our way through the graduate school application process. Although we each had one professor in particular who offered considerable encouragement and advice, most of the tasks and decision making were our own responsibility. We knew that we were missing out on information and strategies that could help us but were unsure of what they were. Both of us did make it through the process, but our paths were laden with pebbles, dead ends, and pits into which we seemed to have no trouble failing.

We set out to write the book that we had needed. This is it! We take you through every facet of the process of deciding where to apply, getting the information you need, completing certain tasks before you apply, completing the application process itself-step-by-step, and deciding about the options that become available to you. In addition, those of you who have a semester or more before applications are due are offered many suggestions and strategies to enhance your chances of getting into the best possible program.

Going through this process the right way does not take less time than the wrong way, but the outcomes are very likely to be markedly different. We suggest that you first read this book from beginning to end, even if it seems like a long while before you need to make your graduate school plans. A perspective on the entire process will help keep you focused and clear-headed. Keep this book close at hand for in-depth review and specific directions for moving from one phase to the next.

Applying to graduate school is one of the most important steps you will ever take. Committing to the process now is likely to influence what you will do for the rest of your life. We know of so many people who wish that they had spent that extra time and effort to work on their graduate school plans. Some got sidetracked and never continued their education. Some lost one or more years because their choice of schools was poorly conceived and they were not accepted anywhere. Others lost time . . .

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