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Psychology, General


A general psychology program focuses on human behaviors and behavioral disorders.

Students learn how the mind develops, how people learn, and what motivates people.

Psychology programs include topics such as:


In psychology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in psychology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in psychology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in psychology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is highly competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. For some schools, your bachelor's degree may not need to be in psychology if you have taken some courses in the subject. Course work in statistics is highly desirable.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Experience assisting with psychological research is a big plus.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in psychology typically requires that everyone study the following core courses:

In addition, students in the bachelor's degree program usually must choose several of the following subjects:

As preparation for graduate school, it helps to include one or more courses in biology.

Graduate Program Courses

A graduate program in psychology typically includes courses such as the following:

You also take course work in your area of concentration (such as experimental, social psychology, or developmental). Your research would focus on that particular branch.

Graduate programs also typically require the following:

Things to Know

If you intend to branch out from psychology in your career or graduate studies, you should take some undergraduate courses in the field you intend to pursue. This is particularly important if you intend to find work without getting a graduate degree. For example, you might be hired to work in marketing research. What you have learned about research methods and human motivation can be very relevant, but your chances at such a job are best if you have taken some business courses.


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