Chapter 6. The Preprofessional Degree

Preparing for Graduate School

  1. Dr. Jeffrey L. Helms Associate Professor specialist psychologist member and
  2. Dr. Daniel T. Rogers Assistant Professor psychologist member

Published Online: 28 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch6

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

How to Cite

Helms, J. L. and Rogers, D. T. (2010) The Preprofessional Degree, in Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch6

Author Information

  1. Kennesaw State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190640

Online ISBN: 9781444320718



  • preprofessional degree - preparing for graduate school;
  • specific graduate school preparatory issues;
  • graduate-level skills, learned in subfields of psychology;
  • graduate school - skills developed and improved;
  • inaccurate self-assessment - becoming a mistake, as it sets one up for failure;
  • self-motivation and organizational skills - succeeding in graduate school;
  • twenty personal qualities and behaviors - consistent with graduate training;
  • American Psychological Association (APA);
  • coursework timing - being very important;
  • internships, field practica and work experience - points of reference for student and graduate faculty


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Is Graduate School Right for You?

  • Course Selection

  • Grades and Grade Point Average

  • Research Experience

  • Internships, Field Practica, and Work Experience

  • Mentoring

  • Getting Involved in Professional Organizations

  • Getting Involved on Campus

  • Community Service and Extracurricular Activities

  • Suggested Exercises

  • Suggested Readings

  • References

  • Resources