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PhD/PsyD Getting a Cognitive neuroscience Master's before Psyd/PhD. Yay or Nay?


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10+ Year Member
Jan 17, 2010
I need some career advice. I live near a great university and can possibly obtain a master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience before entering a doctorate degree to become a Psychologist. There are a few reasons why I’m set on this school. Mainly because my job will pay for some of it, it’s close to home, and I went there for undergrad so I know some faculty there which always helps. Also, the reason I want to do a master’s is because it’s been a while since I’ve been in school, I MUST boost my GPA, and need to show more autonomy in my research experience.

My ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist and researcher. Is this a good route? Will admissions people look favorably on cog neuro master's? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!


Psychologist, Academic Medical Center
10+ Year Member
Aug 2, 2010
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People who need to repair their GPAs often find it helpful to complete a master's degree before applying for a PhD program, so in general I think it's a fine idea. That you won't have to pay 100% of the tuition makes it an even better one. If you have the choice, choose to complete a thesis, and try to work with someone who is doing human subjects research.
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