Undergraduate Program

Career Advising

Most careers in the field of Psychology require some form of advanced training beyond the BA degree. As an undergraduate major, there are a number of things that you can do now to improve your chances of gaining admission to the graduate school of your choice.

Begin preparing yourself for admission to graduate school early as an undergraduate (e.g., by the end of your Sophomore year). In addition, talk with your professors, especially those who are tenured or tenure-track faculty members in psychology. It is best to consult with several individuals because there are many different ideas about how best to proceed.

Research Experience
Perhaps the most important extra-curricular activity for graduate school admission is working on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Psychology Department. Working with several faculty members will help you gain broader experience and facilitate your decision concerning a possible area for graduate work. If you are interested in such an opportunity, we encourage you to consult the SMU Psychology Faculty pages.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Many graduate programs consider the Graduate Record Exam as part of the admissions process. It is important to prepare for this exam and do as well as possible. We recommend that you take this exam well before October of your senior year, so your GRE scores can be included in your application materials. Deadlines for graduate admissions will range from late November through March. When reviewing graduate school materials, verify application deadlines and work backwards to form a calendar for yourself.

Psychology Career Information
There are numerous career opportunities available to Psychology Majors. Many of these can be examined at the web links listed below.

APA Guide to Careers

Career Tips

Marky Lloyd's Career in Psychology Page

Psychology Career Center

Psychology Career Information

Psych Central

Online Psychology Degrees

The Pursuing Psychology Degrees 

Online Education All About Psychology

Psychology Degree Guide 

Additional Websites of Interest

Association for Psychological Science

American Psychological Association

Online Psychology Degree Directory

Psi Chi 

US Department of Labor 

Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social Psychology Network

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Masters Degree Psychology Programs by State

Positive Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Adult Development and Aging

European Society for Cognitive Psychology 

Society of Clinical Psychology

Society of Counseling Psychology

Health Psychology Division

American Board of Forensic Psychology 

Go Psychology Schools