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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is the 40th year for this book that describes graduate study in psychology in both the United States and Canada.
Purpose: According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the purpose "is to provide an information service, offering in one book information about the majority of graduate programs in psychology. Inclusion in this publication does not signify APA approval or endorsement of a graduate program, nor should it be assumed that a listing of a program in Graduate Study of Psychology means that its graduates are automatically qualified to sit for licensure as psychologists or are eligible for positions requiring a psychology degree."
Audience: The APA is the national professional organization for psychologists that accredits doctoral level psychology programs, assuring that various standards have been met. A program having APA accreditation can attract better candidates, and in turn, these students are eligible for the most prestigious internships and jobs after graduation.
Features: The book contains an alphabetical listing, by state, of more than 600 graduate programs in the United States and Canada. Each listing contains contact information, department information, programs and degrees offered, APA accreditation status, student applications/admissions, financial information/assistance, employment of department graduates, additional information, and application information. This book is crucial for students considering graduate study in psychology. It includes information about admissions (number of applications vs. number who are actually accepted, median GPA of those accepted for training), cost, where graduates are program employed, and how to apply. This book allows potential students to compare programs directly. In addition, there are two indexes: one of programs by area of study offered and an alphabetical index of institutions. A helpful introductory section, "Considering Graduate Study," offers basic information about the field, i.e. what people with master's and doctoral degrees actually do in the field and how much debt they accumulate through schooling. The only possible shortcoming is the statement in the foreword that "The American Psychological Association (APA) is not responsible for the accuracy of the information reported."
Assessment: This book is must reading for anyone considering graduate study in psychology. The ability to compare programs side-by-side is invaluable. Potential students can make informed decisions on what programs they may want to apply to with this book.