Department of Psychology

University of Mississippi

Preparing for and Applying to Graduate School

How to prepare for a graduate school

              As a freshman 

             As a sophomore

             As a junior 

             As a senior

Across your time here

While you are at the University of Mississippi, we recommend taking advantage of professional development opportunities here and elsewhere. Please see this document, which is updated by your psychology faculty with professional development opportunities we are made aware of. Please see this document, which is updated by your psychology faculty with professional development opportunities provided through the University that we are made aware of.

Video series on preparing for graduate school: This is a free 12 module video program with PowerPoint slides and handouts accompanying it by Drs. John Norcross and Tom Hogan provided by the APA that provides step-by-step information about each step of the process to prepare for and apply to graduate school in psychology and related professions.

Information on how to get into a Clinical Ph.D. program

Advice from Mitch Prinstein

 Getting in, Getting out, and Getting on with Your Life: The Complete Cynics’ Series to and through Graduate Education in Clinical Psychology Book 1 – Getting In (Volume 1) by Dr. John Young


Information on Programs

The best source of information on the specific programs you want to apply to will vary based on what type of graduate education you are pursuing. Going to the professional association for your chosen field is typically a good starting point. Another resource is emails your psychology faculty receive from graduate programs. We are compiling these emails here.

Not quite ready for graduate school?

If you are still interested in attending graduate school but are wanting to work first, consider seeking a research assistant position after you graduate. This website compiles many postbaccalaureate research assistant job opportunities in clinical psychology.

This document is updated with information your psychology faculty members receive about professional development opportunities, including positions.


Preparing for your Application

Most graduate school applications will require you to submit a Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statement, Transcripts, GRE Scores, and Letters of Recommendation.


Overview of applying to Grad School. This website provides assistance choosing a program and applying to graduate school.

Overview of preparation. This website  provides an excellent overview and links to multiple useful resources for those interested in going to graduate school.


A Letter to the Graduate Applicant 


Surpassing Milestones: Important Information to Know Before Going to Graduate School by Trask & Swartz, 1999


Preparing your documents. This video is advice from Anandi Ehman regarding how to best complete the required paperwork for graduate school applications presented at the 4th Annual UM Conference on Psychological Science.


Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Writing your CV: CV Writing Guide  and  Hayes&Hayes, 1989-Writing Your CV

Do’s and Don’ts

Examples Example 1 and Example 2

Personal Statement:

Advice for writing your personal statement Link 1 and Link 2


Letters of Recommendation:

Asking for Letters of Recommendation. Obtaining strong letters of recommendation will not only make your application stronger, they are essential for setting yourself apart from other applicants. Please see these documents with excellent advice for who and how to ask for letters of recommendation. Here is a link on Information for Students Seeking Letters of Recommendation. You should be prepared to provide your letter writers with at least a month to write the letters. You should also be prepared to  provide them with your CV (or Resumé); your unofficial transcript; the list of schools you are applying to, what program you are applying to at each school, deadlines for letters, and how to submit the letter, as well as any other relevant information; and your personal statement. In order to obtain an Unofficial Transcript: 1) Log on to myOleMiss, 2) Select Student, 3) Select Academics, 4) Select Request a Transcript.

        Obtaining Transcripts:

Preparing for the GRE.

The GRE is one of the main metrics upon which your application will be judged for many graduate programs. Thus, you should prepare by studying. The GRE is created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Therefore, I recommend visiting the ETS website to help you get started. I especially recommend you check out their information about the GRE  and their tips for how to prepare for it, including free test preparation materials.