Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students

By Steven Walfish; Allen K. Hess | Go to book overview
Wright, a past president of the American Psychological Association, NAMP continues to work cooperatively with state organizations to further the causes of those with master's degrees in psychology. Psychology is regulated by some agency, usually a board, in each state.In some states, use of modified titles such as psychological examiner or psychological technician is permitted. In some states, people trained at the master's level may be licensed under a different title, perhaps as a counselor or as a behavioral practitioner. In West Virginia and Alaska, you may use the title psychologist once you have passed the board's requirements. Because of such variation, you must check with the governing body in the state in which you wish to work to determine the exact requirements and privileges available to you in that state. Progress is being made and should continue in getting more recognition of the training that master's level people have obtained and in getting certification/licensure for them.
The Essentials
Master's programs in psychology provide a viable option, and for some students they are the education leading to the career of choice. Students considering advanced education in psychology are urged to think and learn about the following:
What it is they want to do, and why.
What types of graduate programs allow for these career choices.
A decision between master's or doctoral education.
Sound knowledge of the admission criteria of master's programs.
Advice on the process of gaining admission.
Some knowledge of professional issues if they are seeking applied master's training.

The information provided in this chapter should aid individuals wanting more knowledge about the master's degree in psychology and should help in these considerations.


REFERENCES

American Psychological Association. (1999). The 1998 with 1999 addendum graduate study in psychology. Washington, DC: Author.

Bonifazi, D. Z., Crespy, S. D., & Rieker, P. (1997). Value of a master's degree for gaining admission to doctoral programs in psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 24, 176–182.

Keith-Spiegel, P. (1991). The complete guide to graduate school admission: Psychology and related fields. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Perlman, B. (1985a). A national survey of APA-affiliated master's-level clinicians: Description and comparison. Professional Psychology, 16, 553–564.

Perlman, B. (1985b). Training and career issues of APA-affiliated master's-level clinicians. Professional Psychology, 16, 753–767.

Perlman, B. (1990, June). Our plate is full: The state of applied master's psychology. Invited keynote address presented at the 1990 National Conference for Applied Master's-Level Programs in Psychology, Norman, OK.

Perlman, B., & Dehart, P. (1985). The master's-level clinician: Application and admission to doctoral programs. Teaching of Psychology, 15, 67–71.

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