Description: This new edition contains information from over 250 accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada and practical and comprehensive advice about applying to graduate school.
Purpose: The authors divide the daunting process of applying to graduate schools into manageable steps. They draw on research, surveys completed by graduate schools, and personal experience on graduate student selection committees to inform the discussion of how to successfully complete each step of this process. They also provide guidelines for applicants to realistically assess their readiness for graduate school.
Audience: This book is written for applicants interested in obtaining a PhD or PsyD degree in clinical or counseling psychology, although much of the information also applies to students applying to Master's degree programs.
Features: The authors provide information about all phases of the application process, including how to get the experiences needed to be a competitive applicant, write a personal statement, prepare for interviews, and negotiate financial aid packages. Worksheets are included to help rate the congruence between an applicant and programs. The authors also include many helpful examples to follow, such as samples of letters of introduction, curriculum vitae, and interview questions. The degree to which each school emphasizes clinical work or research is rated. The authors also detail the clinical orientation and research interests of faculty members and the average GPA and GRE scores of students at that school. They lay out the book to make this information easy to find, but they do not include the total number of faculty members at each school.
Assessment: The authors have created a valuable guide for applicants. The wealth of practical information and insights gleaned from the authors' research and personal experiences should help applicants make the strongest possible application to the schools of their choice. This well-written, encouraging book will be a great asset for anyone applying to clinical or counseling psychology programs.