What are my career options in Forensic Psychology with a Master's Degree in Psychology?
After you graduate with a Psychology degree, you can pursue a career in Frensic Psychology with a Master's Degree. The Master's degree can be in Clinical Psychology or Experimental Psychology. The former is best suited for those with an interest in abnormal psychology and behavioral health. In addition, if you want to be involved in criminal profiling this path is for you. Experimental Psychologists conduct research on issues related to psychology and law.
A Master's Degree typically requires requires 2 years of graduate school to complete a master's thesis (research project). As a Master's Degree student you typically must pay tuition, and it is unlikely that you will receive a stipend as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. A Master's degree tends to offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree, and also allows you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., testing, therapy). Click here to read more about what a Master's degree in psychology offers.
With a Master's degree you will earn less than the amounts listed below for a PhD:
apa.org lists the yearly average income for a PhD in Clinical Psychology of $80,000.
apa.org lists the yearly average income for a PhD in Experimental Psychology (all fields: higher ed, industry, research applied fields) of $92,000.
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