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I want to do clinical psychology, but i did my bachelors degree in commerce stream. is it possible to take clinical psychology without doing the bachelors in the same field. if yes, i would like to know which university admits it.

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Lori’s Answer

The best resource is definitely a college professor at a university that offers both a bachelors and a masters degree in psychology. Based on my own inquiry---years ago---I was told by my college professor that both an Educational Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist sit for the same clinical exam for the same credential; however, it would be less difficult for me, at the time (I had a bachelor in Eng Edu) to obtain my masters as an Educational Psychologist then I could roll into my Ph.D. in clinical psychology to become a psychologist. However, even with a B.A. in Education, I still needed to take about a semester worth of pre-requisite classes before I could be admitted into the master's program. I think this will be the case you for as well. Count on at least one semester and possibly more. Consult several college programs' list of requirements.

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You will need to research under what circumstances a Ph.D is required. See the Outlook Occupation Handbook for details about this profession and many related ones. I highly recommend visiting a state college library and talking with the Information desk to locate a librarian who specializes in this subject area. They will be able to direct you to wonderful resources. Check to see if you can have an online "chat" or phone call as well.

Hi Lori, thank you this was helpful. vycesika R.

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Priya’s Answer

Hi Vycesika,
I noticed that you are in Tamil Nadu, India, and most of the answers you are receiving are from the U.S. Are you pursuing your graduate studies in India or the U.S.? If you are doing so in India, do you have an academic advisor you can consult in your school? I think they would best be able to answer this question, or someone who is also in your current location. In the U.S. as well, I would give the same advice. An academic advisor, guidance counselor, or whoever assists in career advice or schedules in the college may best be able to answer this question. If you can also find someone who is doing clinical psychology in your area, perhaps they would also have some insight for you regarding your question. Good luck toward your career! Cheering for you!

hey yes I live in India. thank you so much for the information. I'll talk with educational counsellors reg this vycesika R.

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mark’s Answer

Hi Vycesika,

I believe that in order to be able to practice in clinical psychology you would have to take enough psychology and/ or counseling undergraduate credits to be accepted into a graduate program. Your options would be severely limited if you did not attend a graduate program that would prepare you for licensure as a clinician. I do not know the details of how many credits and in which specific areas your coursework should be. I suggest researching the guidelines for licensing in the State(s) where you think you might like to work and checking into graduate school admissions criteria for schools that would meet your needs. Specific suggestions are listed below.

I hope this will be of help.

Mark V.

mark recommends the following next steps:

Look at licensing websites for the State(s) in which you would like to practice. Search for Department of Licensing for your State(s).
Look at graduate school websites and call the schools in which you think you are interested. Ask for admissions specialists in clinical psychology.
Start working on some general psychology or counseling undergraduate courses.
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Francisco’s Answer

Hi Vycesika,

I am no expert on this by any stretch of the imagination, but I know for a fact non-psychology majors can enter a master in psychology. My sister was a pre-med biology major when she start her clinical psychology graduate degree. The one thing that you might be required to take undergrad level classes so that you understand the basics. It is not uncommon for graduate students to take some undergrad credits to focus on a specific area. I personally took a Math Proofs class so it would help me write mathematical proofs on my thesis.

I wouldn't be able to recommend any specific colleges, but I would definitely reach out to the university or the college within the program is and ask this same questions. They are would most likely love to answer any questions you may have.

Hope this helps!

hey Francisco thank you so much for sharing what you know, this surely was helpful. vycesika R.

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