Preparing and Applying for Graduate School in Psychology

This series of 12 videos takes prospective graduate students step-by-step through the preparation, application, interview, and admission processes. The presenters combine decades of advising experience and research findings with evidence-based and anxiety-reducing strategies for mastering each step. Each video is 20-25 minutes and can be tailored to a student’s needs — watch them all together or individually.

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  1. Getting Started and Introducing the Fundamentals
  2. Reviewing Career Options in Psychology
  3. Constructing Your Time Line
  4. Getting the Necessary Courses, Research, and Experiences
  5. Facing and Conquering the GREs
  6. Understanding Admission Criteria and Acceptance Rates
  7. Identifying Compatible Graduate Programs
  8. Writing Personal Statements
  9. Securing Letters of Recommendation
  10. Completing Your Applications
  11. Mastering Graduate Interviews
  12. Making Final Decisions
    Bonus Feature: Best Advice for Getting into Graduate School in Psychology

Download the handouts.


Norcross, J. C., & Sayette, M.A. (2024). Insider's guide to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology (2024/2025 ed.). Guilford.  

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Meet the Presenters

A clinical psychologist, John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished Professor & Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Norcross has co-written or edited 20 books, including the “Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology.” Dr. Norcross has received multiple professional awards, including APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology award, the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice. 

A quantitative psychologist, Thomas P. Hogan, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Scranton, where for 10 years he served as dean of the graduate school. He was formerly associate vice chancellor for graduate and professional programs at the University of Wisconsin. Hogan has won every teaching award offered by the university. He is author of several nationally standardized tests, and numerous books related to psychological and educational measurement. Dr. Hogan has personally reviewed thousands of graduate school applications.

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