Getting In, Second Edition is an update of the American Psychological Association's essential resource for anyone considering graduate study in psychology.

This handy, readable book simplifies the process for applicants and increases their chances of being accepted. Useful timelines, tips, and tools break the tasks into manageable steps and help readers define their goals, select programs, and navigate the application process. A monthly timetable and detailed worksheets for selecting the best program matches are included, and a resource section provides a list of publications and organizations that are useful in the various phases of applying.

Readers will learn what criteria admissions committees use to evaluate applicants, how to improve their qualifications, and how to showcase their talents in personal essays, letters of recommendations, and preselection interviews. The costs of a graduate education and financial aid information specific to graduate students are also discussed.

Members of special populations, such as women, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian applicants, and applicants with disabilities will find resources and guidance particular to their needs.

While applying to graduate school can be challenging, this book demystifies the process and allays students' concerns about how to tackle it.

Table of Contents


  1. Why and How You Should Use This Book
  2. Is a Graduate Degree in Psychology the Right Choice for You?
  3. Decisions to Make Before Researching Graduate Programs in Psychology
  4. Assessing Your Qualifications and Improving Your Chances for Acceptance
  5. Choosing Which Programs to Apply to
  6. Applying to Graduate Programs
  7. After You've Applied


  1. Timetable for Early Planners
  2. A Student's Guide to the APA Divisions
  3. State and Provincial Boards and Agencies for the Statutory Licensure or Certification of Psychologists
  4. Sample Recommendation Form
  5. The Minority Fellowship Program