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Graduate School Suggestions for MA in Psychology??

mfrutomfruto Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hello everyone, I am currently a third-year student at CSUF. I'm a major in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology. I have a 3.45 cumulative GPA, 3.75 major GPA, 3.6 minor GPA. I currently work at a private practice for a Forensic Psychologist as a research assistant and plan on staying there to gain experience before applying to graduate programs. Do you guys have any suggestions on schools I should look at? Looking for forensic psych, general psych master programs, or clinical. I am open to moving out of the state of California and would love to hear your guy's feedback!

Replies to: Graduate School Suggestions for MA in Psychology??

  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,414 Super Moderator
    Why do you want an MA in psychology? Are you doing it as preparation for a PhD in psychology? There are other, less expensive things that you can do to prepare - if you plan on staying on as a research assistant at a psychologist's practice, that will help you out more, and you can always take a few graduate classes in your local area as a non-degree student if you feel you need to prove your mettle in psychology.

    If you absolutely do want an MA in psychology, then I would recommend staying in California and getting it from a public university. It's less expensive. MA programs in psych are rarely funded. Lots of Cal State campuses have one -check this out. CSULA has one in forensic psychology; Humboldt and Long Beach both have ones for preparing for academic research; lots of them have clinical or counseling and/or general.

    If you're just preparing for a doctoral program you don't have to go to a fancy program. Most top schools don't offer standalone MA programs anyway, so it's better to save the money.
  • mfrutomfruto Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hi, thank you for your input. I was thinking about staying in state as well. I was looking up information and most Cal State Universities only look at your last 60 units for prospective students. Luckily it was my freshman year I got a 2.8 GPA, and been on Deans list ever since. If I continue my trend I shall be around a 3.7. I currently have a couple interviews to work as a behavioral therapist for children with autism to stengthen my resume. I am looking at Cal Slo’s, CSULB, and SDSU’s programs. But CSUF of CSULA would be my safety school.
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