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Sorting Through the Different Degrees in Psychology: Which One is Right for You?

written by: •edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 11/21/2011

So you majored in psychology in college and now you want to continue in the field. But which psychology degree is the right one for you? This guide provides articles and resources on the master’s and doctoral options in the field.

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    So You Want to Study...Psychology?

    Psychology is a fascinating field in which one studies human behavior and how the mind works. Holders of an advanced degree in psychology have several career paths they can follow, including counseling, sports psychology, consumer psychology and environmental psychology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of the jobs in the field will increase: for counselors, who hold a master’s degree, the number of jobs is expected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018; for psychologists, who hold a doctorate degree, the number of jobs is expected to increase by 12 percent between 2008 and 2018.

    So what degree is the right one for you? It depends on what you want to do for a career. For some people, it may be a master’s degree in psychology, while for others it may be a doctorate degree in psychology. When making a suitable choice, keep several factors in mind, such as the cost of these psychology degrees. Prospective students may also want to consider the salary potential for the degree they are pursuing. Here are several articles on the degrees in the various fields within psychology, as well as tips and resources for prospective students.

    Field areas covered include clinical psychology, counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, sports psychology and child psychology and within these subfields of psychology are different degree options, ranging from bachelor’s degrees at the college level to a doctorate degree, such as a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D.

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    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

    If you are interested in studying psychology, a good place to start is with a bachelor’s degree program. The classes required for the major will cover the prerequisites needed to apply for a master’s or doctorate program in psychology down the line. Learn about the different classes you could take, what you can do with the degree, and online colleges where you can complete your degree.

    Information on the Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology

    If clinical psychology is your field of interest, but you are not quite sure you want to pursue a doctorate in the field, a master’s degree in clinical psychology may be the advanced degree to consider. Learn about how long it would take you to complete the degree, what career options are available with this degree, and how you can go on to pursue a doctorate degree in the future.

    A Guide to Getting a Psychology Master’s Degree

    If you have made up your mind that you want to apply to a master’s program in psychology, there are a few requirements you need to take care of beforehand. This article goes over some essential issues for potential students to consider, such as the GRE, GRE Psychology subject test and APA accreditation.

    Obtaining Your Psychology or Counseling Master’s Degree

    Students interested in studying psychology will often hear about the need to specialize. What specializations are available and how does that affect which degree you pursue? Learn about the different specializations available in school psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology and experimental psychology. After you have a better idea of what you are interested in studying, read on to find out about applying to degree programs.

    Getting an MS Degree in Organizational Psychology

    One area of psychology you may be considering is organizational psychology, an area in which you work in work settings, such as a corporation. Organizational psychology covers several different topics. This article explores what an organizational psychologist does and provides information on pursuing a master’s degree in this field of psychology.

    Psychology and MBA Degree Combination

    If your area of interest is organizational psychology, you may be considering an alternative to just a master’s degree in psychology: a combination program with a psychology degree and a MBA. Bright Hub goes over the combination degree program, where this combination degree would be used, and what the outlook is for prospective students.

    A Guide to Studying Clinical Child Psychology

    For prospective students interested in psychology but want to work with children, a degree in clinical child psychology may be the perfect degree. This article provides a list of some programs with an overview of the degree, admission requirements and a guide to the courses offered.

    Master’s in Education Psychology

    Another master’s degree option in the field is education psychology. Learn about what kind of classes you would take with this degree and what prerequisites you need to get into a program. This article also includes online and brick and mortar programs with this degree.

    Getting a Degree in Cognitive Psychology

    Students interested in how the mind works may be interested in getting a degree in cognitive psychology. Read on to learn about the type of research done in this field and the skills needed to get a degree in cognitive psychology.

    What Schools Have the Best Degrees for a Master’s in Sports Psychology?

    Another subfield of psychology is sports psychology, in which professionals study the mental side of athletics. This article provides more information of the field, as well as different programs in the United States that offer degree programs.

    Ph.D. Vs. Psy.D.: A Comparison of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Degrees

    If you plan on going for a doctorate in psychology, you will find programs that offer a Ph.D. and others that offer a Psy.D. What is the difference between these psychology degrees? Learn about the training model that each of these degrees follow, the averages of standard scores that students have coming into these programs, and making the decision between these degree options.

    Online Doctorates in Psychology

    For some students interested in psychology, a traditional brick and mortar program may not be a feasible option. One viable option is applying to an online degree program. This article discusses two online doctorate programs, their costs and their requirements.

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    How Has the Process Been for You?

    Everyone has their own experience when applying to graduate programs in psychology. What was helpful for you when applying to school? How did you decide to go for your specific psychology degree? Leave us a comment and let us know!