The internet is full of applicants in your position asking questions, and many helpful students and professors providing answers. This page presents a collection of popular and useful content.
Useful documents and pages:
Mitch’s Uncensored Grad School Advice PDF
This extremely popular guide provides a thorough breakdown of the process of choosing programs, applying, interviewing, and more. Well organized with a clear table of contents, you can use this for A-to-Z guidance or as a reference for specific issues and questions.
Before You Apply PDF
This guide focuses on two things: knowing when you’re ready for a clinical psychology graduate program, and gaining relevant post-baccalaureate experience. Volunteer positions, psychology conferences, and research assistantships are all covered in detail. The author’s own complete journey through this process is detailed at the end.
The Portable Mentor
This page contains a link to a free book, an Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology, accessible from any computer connected to a major university server.
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Grad School Website
This website offers terrific resources on how to apply and how to afford graduate school, developed by the largest student association of psychology graduate students in the world.
Applying to Grad School (APA)
This web page from the American Psychological Association is their central resource for graduate school guidance. From here, you can follow links to dozens of internal pages on specific topics. Coverage includes applying, funding, how to stand out, and more.
Academic Career Guidance (APA)
This American Psychological Association web page delves into careers in psychology, with a focus on academia. Sub-pages address tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and part-time jobs, as well as various employment trends.
Determining the Cost of Your Graduate Degree (APA)
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) has developed the Financial Expenditure Evaluation for Students (FEES) tool to help current and prospective psychology graduate students calculate and evaluate the cost of attending any psychology graduate program so that they can make informed decisions about the cost of their education. FEES helps students score graduate psychology programs on their transparency about a variety of factors, including the amount of financial support available, career placement prospects, average salary of graduates, the availability of health insurance, including mental health benefits, and average time to degree completion.
Getting Into Graduate School (ABCT)
This web page from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies features both general application advice and resources specific to cognitive behavioral therapy.
Graduate Student Resources (Child & Adolescent Psych)
This Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology web page links numerous resources for those interested in child psychology, including listservs, mentorship programs, online training videos, internship postings and more.
Pursuing Psychology Graduate School Information
This list of clearly-titled links leads readers to various organizations such as the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, covering topics from recommendation letters and personal statements to school rankings and specialized careers.
The forums listed on this page have some content that may be relevant to those interested in pursuing doctoral education in clinical psychology. Please note that CUDCP has not evaluated or reviewed these forums. CUDCP also does not endorse forums and the listing of these forums does not represent an endorsement. CUDCP encourages the use of digital literacy to promote safety and well-being when engaged in online forums.
Student Doctor Forum
This is the Psychology doctoral degree sub-forum of the Student Doctor Network. SDN connects thousands of pre-health, health professional students and practicing doctors from across the U.S. and Canada, with the goal of assisting and encouraging students through the education process and into practice. A few key threads from this forum follow below.
Doctoral Applicants Read First
A list of helpful threads, including admission stats, insider guides, school maps, housing data, career anecdotes and more.
Advice from a professor
A professor and program director answers various applicant questions, from screening processes and faculty interviews to test and experience standards.
Grad Cafe Forum
This forum is active with applicants regularly requesting or updating current information, such as when specific schools are sending out acceptance letters.
This forum provides resources and a community for aspiring and current students in psychology.