Graduate Education Policies

Accreditation: Accreditation applies to educational institutions and programs, not to individuals, and is a system for recognizing educational quality as defined by the profession. The American Psychological Association (APA) accredits doctoral programs in psychology, but does not accredit master’s degree programs. For more information or to view the most current lists of accredited programs, see the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation website.

Criteria for Doctoral Internship Programs: For information on internships that are accredited by the American Psychological Association or the Canadian Psychological Association and recognized as meeting the criteria outlined by the Association of Psychology, Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), go to the APPIC website.

Licensure in Professional Psychology: To practice psychology in a state, province or territory of the United States or Canada, an individual must be licensed as a psychologist in accordance with the statues, rules and regulations that define and govern the practice of psychology in that particular state, province or territory. For more information about licensure in psychology, contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) go to the ASPPB website.

Policy on Training for Psychologists Wishing to Change Their Specialty: Individuals wishing information on the APA policy that outlines expectations of psychology programs and departments, plus the responsibilities of individuals wishing to change their specialty, should go to the APA Council Policy Manual policy on encouraging specialization.

Rules for Acceptance Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants: The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is dedicated to the improvement and advancement of graduate education. The CGS website has more on the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance.

General Graduate School Issues: Frequently Asked Questions About Graduate School contains answers to questions about how to choose a graduate program, accreditation, licensure and financial aid.