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Hey all....I would love some input. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology, and love learning about the factors that drive and influence human behavior. I am extremely interested in topics surround empathy, compassion, motivation. I find these topics fascinating but I also have a deep interest to learn more about biology, anatomy, and general medicine. At this point I have been considering pursuing a masters degree as a clinical social worker or perhaps a nursing program but neither of these career choices, alone, seem to satisfy my interest in both psychology and “science”. I recently stumbled across the major behavioral neuroscience and this seems to be right up my ally but again, it is an undergraduate degree. If anyone on here knows of a career path similar to behavioral neurology that is a masters program I would love to hear about it. I don’t really want to spend another 4 years in school due to time and money, this is why I am trying to find a masters program but I am open to hearing about other my long term options as well. Thanks!
 

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Do you want to be a clinician?
 

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Do you want to be a clinician?
This is a good question. If you want to be a licensed clinician at the master's level doing psychotherapy, what you're asking for does not exist. It's difficult to train the skills necessary to do psychotherapy and science in the usual time to degree. Heck, this is what we aim to do at the doctoral level and the outcome isn't always what we want it to be.

The only other thought I had on this is have you considered genetic counseling? If you have an interest in applied work that is based in heavy duty science at the master's level, that's not a terrible choice.
 
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Hey all....I would love some input. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology, and love learning about the factors that drive and influence human behavior. I am extremely interested in topics surround empathy, compassion, motivation. I find these topics fascinating but I also have a deep interest to learn more about biology, anatomy, and general medicine. At this point I have been considering pursuing a masters degree as a clinical social worker or perhaps a nursing program but neither of these career choices, alone, seem to satisfy my interest in both psychology and “science”. I recently stumbled across the major behavioral neuroscience and this seems to be right up my ally but again, it is an undergraduate degree. If anyone on here knows of a career path similar to behavioral neurology that is a masters program I would love to hear about it. I don’t really want to spend another 4 years in school due to time and money, this is why I am trying to find a masters program but I am open to hearing about other my long term options as well. Thanks!
If you are willing to move to Europe for 2 years, Irecommend this program at my university (Ranked #32 world wide by Times Higher Education, if that helps at all) They do top-notch research. Theprogram lasts 2 years and is taught in English.


Higher education in Germany is basically free, so you would only have to pay your living expenses and there are many scholarship opportunities. Hell, I think you would pay less in total (expenses and all) compared to doing a masters in the US
 

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I guess I'm just curious if the masters is even necessary for what kind of jobs a person could do in research with a masters in the US. Lab managers have a variety of backgrounds, most I've known have been bachelors degrees. What research positions would this qualify someone for that they couldn't get without it?>
 
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Your problem is wanting a program that gives good clinical training in addition to scientific training. It’s just impossible to do this in 2-3 years at the masters level. Given your interest in research, why aren’t you going for the PhD?
 
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