PsychologyCertification of Professional Achievement
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College graduates who did not major in psychology but who want graduate school preparation in the field should follow the structured curriculum designed with the Department of Psychology. The course plan includes the same introductory, intermediate, and advanced psychology courses taken by Columbia's undergraduate psychology majors and provides essential research experience necessary for research-oriented Ph.D. programs in psychology. Psychology courses and research experience also serve as valuable preparation for Psy.D. programs and graduate degree programs in education, management, public health, and social work.
The Psychology Program can be completed in two terms of full-time study, beginning in the fall and spring. However, most students enroll in the program to prepare for graduate school, which means completing at least two full terms of research prior to applying to graduate school. Most students complete the program in 16-18 months. After applying to graduate programs, many students continue to take seminars and engage in research during the spring and summer. It is advised that students spread out their coursework over at least three to four semesters beginning in the fall. Students who work full- or part-time may spread out their coursework over a longer period. In general, the psychology adviser will help students plan a curriculum that enables them to apply to graduate school in the fall following entry into the program (or the subsequent fall for students who opt to spread their coursework out over a longer period of time).
Students who complete the curriculum with a grade of B- or better in all courses will receive a Certification of Professional Achievement in Psychology.
Students in the Psychology Program work with advisers to create a curriculum of at least 28 credits. Students must meet the following requirements:
|Spring Priority Deadline||Sep. 1|
|Spring Final Deadline||Oct. 15|
To apply to the Psychology Certification, follow the application instructions.