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Book Reviews

All prospective grad school applicants should purchase book on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). We recommend an official guide from ETS (Educational Testing Service), the test's author. There is a difference between the official questions you will be asked on the exam and the practice questions contained in all other books. Also we have a library of other great resources to help to prepare for the test.

Graduate Psychology School

Graduate psychology school is very competitive has especially high educational standards. A doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) or Ph.D. degree is typically required to be licensed as a clinical or consulting psychologist. Ph.D. and Psy.D. holders also work in a range of teaching, research, clinical, counseling positions. Master’s degree programs exist, but qualify holders for a much more limited range of work. (In fact, many top psychology schools do not even offer master’s programs.)

graduate psychology school

Doctoral programs in psychology usually require five years of full-time post-baccalaureate study. The graduate psychology school class size is often small, with many schools accepting fewer than 20 new students each year. Competition for admittance to clinical psychology programs is especially keen. Top schools may review twenty or more applications for each class space.

The following table lists some highly regarded graduate psychology programs.

Stanford University

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 158
Verbal: 166
Writing: 5

The University of Michigan

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Ph.D. (Embedded masters is not stand alone)

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 159
Verbal: 160
Writing: 4.6

Yale University

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 163
Verbal: 166
Writing: 5

The University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana

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MS and Ph.D.

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 159
Verbal: 162
Writing: 4.5

University of California – Los Angeles

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 160
Verbal: 163
Writing: 4.7

Harvard University

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 160
Verbal: 166
Writing: 5

The University of Minnesota

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 161
Verbal: 163
Writing: 4.5

The University of Pennsylvania

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 159
Verbal: 165
Writing: 5

University of California – Berkeley

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Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 160
Verbal: 160
Writing: 4.52

The University of California – San Diego

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Ph.D. in experimental psych only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 157
Verbal: 163
Writing: 4.7

Many of these average GRE scores are estimates as many schools don’t report their averages and some that do only publish scores from some years back. Where masters and Ph.D. programs are both offered, our averages are composites for both. Finally, please remember that averages are just that. Some applicants will be successful with below-average GRE scores and some will need to score about the average to be competitive.

Note: This table and graph were last updated in September 2018.