Wha t is the expected amount of years after you get a bachelor's degree to get a doctorate degree in psychology?
The amount of time required to complete a doctorate in psychology is really a function of the specialty in which you are interested. A doctorate in experimental psychology, for example, can be completed in usually 4 years, if admitted directed into a doctorate program. It may take longer than that as a function of your dissertation research and how long the data collection phase of the dissertation lasts. A clinical psychology doctorate will take a minimum of 5 years, as the fifth year is an internship!
Because psychology has become a very popular undergraduate major in the last decade, the number of applicants to doctoral programs has increased dramatically. Thus, the competition is very intense for the number of available vacancies. Given this competition, many students have been opting to apply to master's level psychology programs, engage in a research-based thesis, to demonstrate to doctoral programs that they are committed to a research endeavor and have "the chops" to deal with issues related to research programs. So, if you choose to pursue an M.S. in psychology, and then apply to a doctoral program, it will require more time in graduate school, total.
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