Hey all, I applied to clinical ph.d. programs straight out of undergrad this year. I have a 1240 GRE (620 V, 620 Q), 3.86 GPA, 4.0 Psychology GPA. I have worked as a research assistant for a professor doing work with mapping skills in children (poster at SRCD biennial meeting), and I am currently working as a research assistant at a pretty well-respected child development lab. I only applied to 5 schools since I was pretty sure my chances straight out of undergrad wouldn't be great, and I was right! I got 2 interviews and both pretty much said they were very impressed with me, but that I was young and inexperienced. I am currently working part-time at the above mentioned lab, and I am attempting to find some type of part-time clinically related job (which is very difficult, I must say). When I was first rejected, I was gung-ho about reapplying next year (to a lot more schools, retaking the GRE etc.) I guess I am now having a crisis of sorts in that I'm questioning what I should do with the rest of my life. There is a pretty good MA counseling program right around the block from me (which is VERY cheap I might add). I guess I'm just unsure what to do. My advisor told me that since I got interviews straight out of undergrad, that means that schools thought I was competitive enough - so that's a good sign for next year. I'm just worried about waiting to apply and then getting rejected again! Plus, going into a Ph.D. program would take about 5-6 years of my life, and I would probably be even more in debt by the time I got out. I guess I'm just wondering what the salary differences between say a MA and a PhD would be, and if you could offer me any other advice. Sorry I'm rambling but just another thought - I am interested in research but don't know if I would want to make a life career of it, but I am also interested in practice and teaching. I'm one confused individual.