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How long does it take to get through collage with a psychology major and are there any good collage recommendations?

I just started working on psychology and I'm not quiet sure what schools I wan to go to caus I don't know what to look for in a collage.

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Harmony the degree you need to work in clinical psychology depends on what specific profession you are interested in pursuing. You can work within the psychology field with an associate degree. But — depending on the position — you may need to complete an advanced degree like a master's or doctoral degree.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE — Earning an associate degree is generally a more affordable, flexible path to quickly beginning a career in psychology. Completing an associate degree program can give you real-world experience in the field before committing to a bachelor's degree or beyond. Those who earn an associate degree in clinical psychology can enter the field as psychiatric technicians, aides, or social and human services assistants.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE — However, completing a bachelor's in clinical psychology allows you to work in more professions and earn a higher salary than a associate degree. Those with a bachelor's in psychology can work as probation officers, correctional treatment specialists, or social and community service managers.

MASTER'S DEGREE — If you want to work as therapists or counselors will likely need a master's in clinical psychology. While graduate programs can be expensive, earning an advanced degree is a requirement for certain jobs. A master's in psychology degree can take an additional 2-4 years to complete depending on the program and your bachelor's degree. You may choose to major in clinical psychology or pursue a specialty area like family and marriage therapy or school counseling. Becoming a counselor or therapist allows you to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and private practice.

DOCTORAL DEGREE — To become a clinical psychologist, you must complete a doctoral degree program. Including your undergraduate and doctoral degrees, you'll spend anywhere from 8-13 years in school. Doctoral programs for clinical psychology are extremely competitive. Graduating from these programs allows you to become a clinical psychologist and can open up research and teaching opportunities.

There are many options for pursuing a clinical psychologist career, including starting your own private practice. No matter what specialization or work location you decide is right for you, you’ll have the satisfaction of helping people on a daily basis Harmony.
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Kasey’s Answer


A career in psychology can be very rewarding! This career path typically requires a 4 year degree from a University. I would recommend to attend a community college to achieve your pre- reqs. Then transfer to a university to finish the degree. This will save thousands of dollars in the long run. Google in local community colleges and see of their credits will transfer to your future university.

I wish you the very best!
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Harmony:

While in high school, one will need to focus on science and math classes to prepare for a psychology career. Chemistry and biology will be the core science courses. For math, algebra and statistics will be needed. Other classes to take will be language arts, social sciences, foreign language and AP psychology. The combination of these concentrations will enable you to focus and refine your analytical skills for research; complex problem solving; investigative and innovative critical thinking; attention to detail; etc.

Other skills that will need to be built upon center around team building, team work and communication. In any work culture, collaboration among team members, staff and partner departments occur on a daily basis. As a Psychologist, communication is essential and critical when dealing with patients, medical personnel and other hospital staff. A college course in public speaking, communications and English will help with one's communication and writing skills. While in high school, the debate team will provide the opportunity to sharpen communication skills which are backed with research and factual data and information.

According to, the educational pathway to become a Clinical Psychologist will be between 8-12 years. 4 Years will be to earn a Bachelor Degree. A Masters Degree will be 2-3 years. The Doctorate Degree will be another 4-7 years. Then, there are internships, certifications and licensing that have to be earned and achieved along the way.

There are careers in Psychology that one can pursue. According to, here are some of the top careers for a Psychology major:

- Therapist
- Psychology Program Director
- Behavioral Analyst
- Researcher
- Psychology Professor
- Industrial Psychologist
- Military Psychologist
- Counseling Psychologist
- Correctional Psychologist
- Sports Psychologist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Experimental Psychologist
- Forensic Psychologist
- Neuropsychiatrist
- Child or School Psychiatrist

According to U.S. News & World Report, here is a link to the Best Colleges and Universities for a Psychology major:

- Stanford University
- University of California (Berkeley)
- Harvard University
- University of California (Los Angeles)
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
- Princeton University
- University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
- Yale University
- Cornell University
- Northwestern University
- University of Wisconsin (Madison)
- Columbia University
- Duke University

When reviewing colleges and universities, it is best to check the following:

- In-State vs Out of State Tuition
- Internships
- Scholarships
- Career Placement upon graduation
- Course work and offered classes
- Post-Graduate Degrees - Master and Doctoral

Scholarship applications can start to be submitted during your Junior year and will continue throughout your Senior year in high school. It is best to ask your Academic Advisor/School Counselor on the timeline process as well. Scholarship applications will have specific deadlines and requirements to meet in order to be submitted for review and consideration.

You may want to start to compile your resume/portfolio since a majority of scholarship applications will require academic grade point average (GPA), academic accomplishments, school activities (clubs, sports, etc.), community involvement (volunteer, church, etc.), academic and personal recommendations, etc. There may be essay requirements on why you are a qualified candidate to receive the scholarship, what your future goals are academically and professionally and other questions centering around who you are, your beliefs, etc.

Here are a couple of links for College Scholarships:

Also, it will be best to check with the colleges and universities that you will be applying to. You can check with the School/Department of your desired major, the Campus Career Center and the Register's Office for additional information for college scholarships and grants and specific requirements for qualifications.

Best wishes for your education and career path in Psychology!
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Katherine’s Answer

One thing you might find informational is to go to the website for The Townsend Institute (, which is a place that offers graduate degrees in the field of psychology etc. If you poke around on their website, you might find things that make you like the program they offer, and then you could see what it would take to be able to get into that program someday.