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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is the second edition of a how-to guide for undergraduate students planning or merely considering attending graduate school in psychology. This is an honest, straightforward presentation of the arduous process before, during, and after acceptance or rejection. In keeping with the first edition published in 1993, this edition is appropriately updated with various career choices, application fees, and program information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide prospective graduate students with the pros and cons of attending graduate school, and to help them choose a master's or doctorate program and even consider if graduate school is right for them. The authors have fully revised the text in keeping with the changing field in such areas as employment and diverse groups such as women and minorities.
Audience: Prospective graduate students, whether undergraduate, graduates considering a change in career path, or even psychologists who may be considering respecialization, will find this book highly useful. Those who advise students will have an excellent resource to consult as well. The American Psychological Association has provided a great service for students.
Features: Clearly, this is a step-by-step guide to considering and applying to graduate study in psychology. The book is chock full of facts, the realization that not everyone gets into graduate school, how to choose the right program, how to choose the right degree and what the differences are, how to apply, request letters of recommendation, fill out financial aid and graduate school forms, and the all important cost of not only graduate study but the application process. The appendixes provide timetables, a guide to the APA divisions, state board agencies, sample recommendation forms, and information about the minority fellowship program.
Assessment: This objective and comprehensive compendium of information is an invaluable resource for anyone considering graduate study in psychology.