Chapter 7. The Preprofessional Degree

Applying to 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.ch7

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.ch7

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 - applying to graduate school;
  • Graduate Record Exam and Psychology Subject Test - for entrance exams;
  • experimental psychology, scientific study of psychological phenomenon;
  • developmental psychology, scientific study of “age-related changes, as a person progresses from conception to death”;
  • cognitive psychology, scientific study of how people think;
  • physiological psychology, or biological psychology and behavioral neuroscience - scientific study of biology of behavior;
  • licensure of students after graduation;
  • APA accreditation of graduate programs - in clinical, counseling and school psychology;
  • applications to graduate school - requiring letters of recommendation from individuals;
  • Graduate School Application Packet - Mayhew's “Ten Tips From a Successful Applicant”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Subfields of Psychology

  • Deciding on the Type of Graduate Education

  • Finding Available Graduate Programs

  • Evaluating the Graduate Programs You Find

  • Selecting Programs to Pursue

  • Preparing Vitae – An Essential Part of Your Application Packet

  • Statements of Intent and Admissions Essays

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • The Graduate School Application Packet

  • Interviewing

  • Making Your Decision

  • Plan B: What if I Don't Get in?

  • Ten Tips From a Successful Applicant: Laura L. Mayhew

  • Suggested Exercises

  • Suggested Readings

  • References

  • Resources