Someday I would like to become a child psychologist. I started searching for schools that offered good psychology programs and I plan to aim high. If I don’t get in, I still believe there are other options in my future as far as schools go. At some point, I want to be able to leave New York and experience graduate school in a state that is culturally different from ours. I’m thinking California.
1) UCLA requires a student to take the GREs and to create a statement of purpose but I can’t seem to find the details of it.
2) Columbia University: Graduate program for Psychology requires students to write a statement of academic purpose – submit a statement on-line of approximately 1000 words concerning your plans for graduate study and a professional career. Please be sure to include the areas in which you are interested and the names of faculty whose research attracts you.
3) Cal State (in L.A.) seems to be a good match for me as well as the most accessible of all the other options. The first college requires a specific type of student that is geared more towards the research aspects of psychology, whereas Cal State offers a MS and MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) program that offers courses that are right up my alley. Plus, since it’s a state school it is a bit cheaper in tuition.
The minimum requirements for admission to the graduate program in psychology are:
Completion of an undergraduate major in psychology with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher in the last 90 quarter units of work at an accredited institution.
For students whose bachelor’s degree is not in psychology, completion of the non-major conditional program of 36 units (described below) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Note that these minimum admissions requirements apply to the MA degree and to the MS degree with MFT option only; both the ABA and the Forensic Psychology options of the MS degree require a minimum GPA of 3.0.
As far as personal statements go, I am still unsure of what to write because of very broad or unavailable guidelines.