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How long does it take me to reach my doctorate degree in psychology? Is it benefical for me to get a Psy. D in psychology or a Ph. D in psychology at the end? Should I double major biology and psychology in college to give myself an edge when applying t

I am going to attend stony brook university in the coming fall to major in psychology. My career aspiration is to become a psychologist or a psychiatrist so I can help people with mental disorders. I don't know whether or not if I should double major psychology and biology or chemistry in college or if it's just a waste of time. #psychiatry #psychologist #clinical

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PsyD's typically take 5 years to complete (4 years school, 1 year internship), PhDs typically take 6 years to complete (5 years school, 1 year internship). Of course, some people take longer than others to complete the degree, and it also varies a little bit on the program.


If you are thinking of psychiatry, it is probably better to major in biology because that will help for applying to Med School. For psychology, either biology or psychology would be fine. Don't know if it necessary to major in both. I was a psychology major, and it was helpful for applying to psychology grad schools. Also, it is helpful to have research experience when applying for both Med School and Psychology doctorate programs, so perhaps to try get involved in a psychology research lab at some point in undergrad!

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