Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology / Edition 2

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Getting In, Second Edition is an update of the American Psychological Association's essential resource for anyone considering graduate study in psychology. This handy, readable book simplifies the process for applicants and increases their chances of being accepted. Useful timelines, tips, and tools break the tasks into manageable steps and help readers define their goals, select programs, and navigate the application process. A monthly timetable and detailed worksheets for selecting the best program matches are included, and a resource section provides a list of publications and organizations that are useful in the various phases of applying. Readers will learn what criteria admissions committees use to evaluate applicants, how to improve their qualifications, and how to showcase their talents in personal essays, letters of recommendations, and preselection interviews. The costs of a graduate education and financial aid information specific to graduate students are also discussed. Members of special populations, such as women, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian applicants, and applicants with disabilities will find resources and guidance particular to their needs. While applying to graduate school can be challenging, this book demystifies the process and allays students' concerns about how to tackle it.

"...provides manageable goals and the tools needed to achieve them such as a monthly timetable, information about career options, descriptions of graduate specialty options, & worksheets for selecting the best program matches."

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591477990
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 186,729
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Wish I Had Bought the 2nd Edition But It's Still Great

    I wish there was a book like this for every degree at the higher education level. I've learned so much at only 44 pages in. It's an easy, practical, revealing read. I'm only disappointed that I bought the initial edition which features statistics from the original print year of 1993. Bummer!

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