How can I join APA?

APA offers several membership options. PhD-level psychologists can become members of APA. Master's degree holders can become associates of APA, and a number of affiliate programs welcome students, high school and community college teachers and international psychologists.

Find the appropriate member category for you and apply for APA membership online.

Member — doctoral degree in psychology or related field. 

Associate — master's degree in psychology or related field. 

International affiliate — psychologist who live outside the United States and Canada. 

High school student affiliate —high school students interested in a career in psychology. 

Undergraduate or graduate student affiliate — enrolled undergraduate/graduate students taking psychology courses. 

High school teacher affiliate — teachers of high school psychology classes. 

Community college teacher affiliate — teachers of community college psychology classes. 


Visit the APA membership webpage for the full description of member categories  and information about the benefits of belonging to APA. Fees for membership in APA are separate from subscription prices for APA's electronic products. Discounted database packages are available to members.

What are the types of membership and dues?

APA offers seven types of membership. Visit the APA Membership homepage to see what category is best for you. 

Dues depend upon your particular membership category. Visit the APA Membership dues page to determine the respective dues amounts.

What is the status of my membership application?

Application processing can take four weeks. We are unable to track individual applications during the processing period. For further information and assistance, please contact the Membership Department at 1-800-374-2721, Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm EST.

What is the status of my membership payment?

The current process to find status of membership payment is for members to contact the Service Center at 1-800-374-2721.

If you pay online, you can get an immediate receipt.

Can I pay my dues or renew online?

Applications for first-time membership must be reviewed to verify your information. Once you've become an APA member or affiliate, it's easy to renew online.

How do I join a particular division of APA?

There are 54 specialized divisions within APA, each with its own focus and membership application. Find out more by visiting Divisions or contacting the Division Services Office at 202-336-6013.