Getting Into Grad School

Popular Topics

  • Psychology: Science in Action
    Resources for students to learn about career opportunities in psychological science.

  • The MCAT 2015 (PDF, 353KB)
    A briefing of changes, the new section, and psychology's response.

  • Student research and writing
    Undergraduate programs can train students in writing and research techniques, whether it's searching the psychological literature or designing a correlational study.

  • Dissertations and research
    Writing a dissertation or thesis is a key component of every psychology graduate student's education. But when and how do you begin?

  • Doctoral internships
    Accredited internships provide high-quality training in clinical practice and specialties.

  • Psychology as a career
    Employers need people with communication skills; the ability to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data; and an understanding of human behavior.

APA Books for Students

  • Your Complete Guide to College Success

    Covering a comprehensive set of academic and personal topics in a student-friendly, readable package, this up-to-date, evidence-based book provides a roadmap for how to be successful in college and afterwards.

  • Internships in Psychology

    This updated third edition provides doctoral-level psychology students with all of the resources needed to successfully navigate the internship application process, including helpful checklists and sample essays.

  • Undergraduate Writing in Psychology

    Updated to comply with the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, this book takes undergraduate psychology students step-by-step through the process of writing papers. The book includes full-length student papers and other visual examples to illustrate key concepts.

  • The Insider's Guide to the Psychology Major

    This book provides an overview of the psychology major, subdisciplines within the field, graduate programs and the admissions process, career opportunities for all degree types, internships, and free resources for students.

Funding Opportunities

Watch this video for a brief overview of actual costs for graduate study and how to pay for it.

APA Style

The rules of APA Style, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power and concision.

How to Join APA

Student affiliates get many benefits of full membership, including the Monitor on Psychology, American Psychologist and gradPSYCH — the magazine for graduate students — as well as special services and substantial discounts on APA products, including APA's premier line of electronic databases.

Graduate and undergraduate students can become student affiliates and members of APAGS, the national organization representing graduate students in psychology.

High school student affiliates can find out what it's like to be a psychologist and read about psychology in APA's monthly magazine.

APAGS: The Voice of Student Concerns

APAGS offers opportunities to enhance your development toward a career in psychology and to shape the future of the discipline.

From at-home access to research tools such as PsycINFO, to opportunities to present your work at APA's conventions, your membership will help you succeed in graduate school and develop as a member of the psychological community.