What are my chances?
I am interested in PhD programs in School Psychology. I graduated in May 2014, with bachelor's degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. After graduation, I have worked as a behavior interventionist and provided therapy for autistic children. Currently, I am interviewing for jobs to provide behavior intervention services to children with learning disabilities in school districts. In addition, I worked in a research lab at Berkeley for a semester.
Knowing that admission to is competitive, I am concerned whether or not my qualifications match the program. My overall GPA (including community college coursework) is around 3.6, and my UC Berkeley GPA is 3.38. I have not taken the GRE yet.
What do you think my chances are for admission to UC Berkeley? Do you have any recommendation of how I can improve my application?
- Kofi Kankam expert Melina - you're right at the margin for graduate school at a program like Berkeley. That's the bad news. The good news is PhD programs are heavily driven by Professor's wanting students to work with them. My advice to you is to reach out to profs at UC Berkeley who are in a research field in which you have interest. You're on campus, so should be able to make contact fairly easily. Be sure to read their research and know about their projects. Approach one (or a couple) and begin to build a rapport and over time, ask he/she to sponsor you as you tell them you would like to work with them. Provided your GRE is good, your GPA is strong enough that you have a shot of getting in, especially if your grades are trending in the right direction.