An estimated 40% of Psychology majors use psychology as a starting point to pursuing careers in related fields (business, law, etc.). You should utilize the psychology courses and experiential learning opportunities to help you discover your strengths, weakness, likes, and dislikes. This ultimately will help to determine your future career path.
Graduate School Opportunities
The Psychology Department offers career development workshops, a mentoring program, and a number of experiential learning opportunities to help gear you towards graduate school. Additionally, you may utilize GRE and LSAT practice exams and study programs offered by URI to assist you as you prep for graduate admissions examinations. You are also encouraged to visit the Center for Career and Experiential Education to learn more about the opportunities available to you.
Master’s degree options in the field of psychology majors include, but are not limited to Human Development and Family Studies, Business, Counseling, Social Work, and Higher Education. At URI, there is a Master’s Program in School Psychology.
With a psychology degree, you may also go on to receive your doctorate in a separate area, such as Law. If you are interested in a doctorate in psychology you may choose one of two options, a PsyD or a Ph.D. A PsyD is intended for individuals interested in practicing psychology, while a Ph.D. is more geared toward academic and research-based careers, as well as clinical directions. If you are interested in the Ph.D. path, we highly encourage you to consider our Bachelor of Science program.
The Psychology Department at URI offers three psychology doctorate programs: Behavioral Science, Clinical, and School Psychology.
Graduate School Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program is a semester-long program matching URI psychology undergraduate students with a graduate student in psychology who has similar interests, experiences, and/or goals. Pairs meet face-to-face on monthly basis, or could arrange regular communication over the phone and via email. Throughout the program, mentees and mentors will also be informed of professional development workshops via email. Pairs may wish to continue their mentoring relationship beyond the semester, but that is not an expectation of the program and is a decision to be made between the mentor and mentee.
If you are interested in joining the Mentoring Program, to either be paired with a mentor or serve as a graduate student mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.