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    covey is offline Registered User
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    This board is really cool.

    I have a BS in computer science and MS in math -- both from U of Ill. I am considering trying to get a PhD in Psychology but don't have a true psychology background. I am taking some on-line psychology courses through UNC and U of IL and was wondering if these are considered as "legit" courses on your transcript when you go to apply to graduate schools?

    The program I would like to attend is VERY competitive (UNC-CH) and I need all the help I can get...

    Any advice, comments, warnings etc? (beyond contacting the specific school which I'm sure I will need to do at some point -- I still view myself in the preliminary stages and feel contacting the school is a bit premature.)

    Thanks in advance for any information you can provide...

    Nancy

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    Originally posted by covey:
    This board is really cool.

    I have a BS in computer science and MS in math -- both from U of Ill. I am considering trying to get a PhD in Psychology but don't have a true psychology background. I am taking some on-line psychology courses through UNC and U of IL and was wondering if these are considered as "legit" courses on your transcript when you go to apply to graduate schools?

    The program I would like to attend is VERY competitive (UNC-CH) and I need all the help I can get...

    Any advice, comments, warnings etc? (beyond contacting the specific school which I'm sure I will need to do at some point -- I still view myself in the preliminary stages and feel contacting the school is a bit premature.)

    Thanks in advance for any information you can provide...

    Nancy
    Your courses are legit but do they meet the prerequisite requirements for the Ph.D. program you want to pursue. You may want to check with the school(s) you want to apply to and find out what prerequisites they would require. This way you can be sure you are taking the right path towards your admission.

    John
    John R. Wetsch, Ph.D.

    B.S. '01 University of North Dakota
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    M.A. '89 Antioch University, The McGregor School
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    Ph.D. '94 Nova Southeastern University

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    Originally posted by covey:
    This board is really cool.

    I have a BS in computer science and MS in math -- both from U of Ill. I am considering trying to get a PhD in Psychology but don't have a true psychology background. I am taking some on-line psychology courses through UNC and U of IL and was wondering if these are considered as "legit" courses on your transcript when you go to apply to graduate schools?

    The program I would like to attend is VERY competitive (UNC-CH) and I need all the help I can get...

    Any advice, comments, warnings etc? (beyond contacting the specific school which I'm sure I will need to do at some point -- I still view myself in the preliminary stages and feel contacting the school is a bit premature.)

    Thanks in advance for any information you can provide...

    Nancy
    Nancy, I am a practicing psychologist and a supervisor in an APA-approved internship. I rarely, anymore, encounter students who majored in psychology in undergrad. So don't think you will be in a minority. The roots of psychology are in measurement and all psychology on the doctoral level is quantitative so I think you bring a wonderful background to the table. What area of psychology interests you? By this I mean do you want to take your doctorate in biopsych, clinical, social, human factors, whatever? I would recommend that you approach the Chapel Hill faculty straightaway to determine policy on prerequisites. Best of luck.

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    covey is offline Registered User
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    Thanks for the replys...

    It is definately good to know that I'm not alone in coming with a non-psych background.

    My problem is that I want to do it all. My "first choice" is developmental psych but could actually see myself in cognitive psych or psychometrics/quantitative psych. My ultimate goal is to do research.

    So how do you approach a faculty member? Do you just ask to speak to a faculty advisor? Or do you call someone up out of the blue and ask if they would be willing to talk to you? Just not really sure how to start.

    Thanks again... I appreciate the comments...

    Nancy

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