What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and the human mind. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behavior. The study of psychology helps you understand yourself and those around you. Please follow this link to a site that describes in more detail the state of the field today.

What do Psychologist do in the Army?

Psychologists work in virtually all fields in the Army. A degree in psychology will give you a better understanding of the lives and issues of your soldiers. It will assist you in your understanding of yourself and in your interpersonal interactions. A few Psychologists teach at USMA as well as at the Senior Service Colleges and still others have joined the medical Service Corps, continued their schooling and have become licensed mental health care providers for the Army.

What kinds of Master's Degrees predominate in the field?

Psychologists at the Master's level receive a Master of Arts (MA). There are numerous specialties in the field of psychology including Social, Developmental, Cognitive, Abnormal, Experimental, Clinical, Counseling, and Industrial-Organizational psychology.

What kinds of professionals study in a typical Psychology program?

There are two general tracks that Psychology graduate students take, Academic Psychology and Applied Psychology. Academic Psychology focuses on the subfields within psychology, usually with a goal of teaching or research. Applied Psychology focuses on the application of psychology to solve problems such as issues in the workplace or they train as a therapist to assist individuals in dealing with various mental or behavioral disorders.

Top Psychology Programs for Army Officers

  • The best program for you depends heavily on which area of psychology interests you. Please follow this link to a site that will list the top programs in each sub discipline.
West Point faculty members have attended graduate school through the Army. As a result, they`re familiar with most American universities and would be happy to advise you on this discipline as you consider your options. Feel free to give them a call at: (845)938-5644. When you do so, make sure to identify yourself as a CSP-GRADSO holder.

Researching Potential Schools

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