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Psychology Department

Psychology Careers and Graduate Study

By completing our program, undergraduate students prepare themselves for a variety of employment and educational opportunities. About one-third of our students attend graduate school immediately after completing our program. Another one-third enter graduate school after working for one to five years in a field related to psychology. Most of these students enter graduate programs in psychology, social work, and counseling. Some attend medical and law school. The remaining students begin careers in a wide range of fields, most of which are health care or service related (pharmaceutical companies, non-profit organizations, health care services, management, computer services, human resources, sales, education, or advertising).

Among the graduate programs our students have attended over the past few years are:

  • Arizona State University
  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • Clemson University
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • DePaul University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana Univ./Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis
  • Loyola University
  • James Madison University
  • Marquette University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • University of Richmond
  • University of St. Francis
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern Illinois
  • University of Texas
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University-St. Louis
  • Western Michigan

Graduate Profiles

Jessie Wiley ’07

Jessie Wiley"The psychology professors at Butler expect students to perform at a graduate level. I am in one of the nation's top counseling psychology programs at Northwestern University, and honestly the classes I am taking are easier than upper-level classes at Butler! Because Butler gave me such a solid foundation of knowledge and academic skills, I am thoroughly prepared for graduate school."

Alison O'Malley ’04

Alison O'Malley"My psychology education was top notch. I developed such a strong foundation at Butler that I felt comfortable jumping into teaching an Intro to Psych course my first year of grad school. The faculty is knowledgeable and truly dedicated to effective teaching. They were instrumental in guiding me through the graduate school application and decision process."

Brian Anderson ’03

Brian Anderson"My first job after graduation was as a social worker in a homeless shelter. The first day that I sat at my desk and spoke with one of the homeless citizens, without even thinking about it, I began analyzing their behaviors and personality types. Erikson's Developmental Stages flashed through my head when I realized that one client never got through the trust verses mistrust or another who never obtained autonomy. Now, four years out as I begin graduate school and I work with undergraduate students, those same theories come flashing through my head again as I look for ways to help them develop into student leaders."

Stephenie R. Chaudoir ’03

Stephenie Chaudoir"My coursework in the psychology department at Butler gave me a solid conceptual background in a variety of domains of psychology, and the research experience I gained by working with various faculty members helped me apply course concepts in a real way. Compared to the undergraduate experiences of many of my colleagues in graduate school, Butler was unique in that it gave me ample experience in scientific writing and statistics—skills that have definitely helped me since leaving Butler."

Deepthi Prakash ’02

Deepthi Prakash"Butler not only prepared me for success in graduate school, it laid the foundation for success in my professional life as well. The psych department in particular created a warm and supportive atmosphere that celebrated critical thinking and intellectual debate. Combined with the individual attention I received from professors, Butler helped me develop the confidence, critical analysis and communication skills that I rely on today. Overall, the caliber of the teaching faculty, the opportunities to engage in primary research, the exposure to industry conferences and leading thinkers in the field, is head and shoulders above other undergraduate departments and rivals that of the best graduate psychology departments."