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What do you people know about the differences between graduate school and professional school?

Most of the Human Factors schools are professional, few offer doctorates. Like, San Jose, Alliant and Antioch are all professional schools. I found another... Yeah, Alliant International - San Diego for I/O Psych.

I guess I'm worried that a Professional degree is less respectable than a Graduate degree, where grad degrees are based more in research.

adsartha Could you check Alliant International U as well?

Edit: How does one find graduate programs abroad? The EU is all about the Human Factors.


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questingfalcon From: questingfalcon Date: June 3rd, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess it depends on what you want to do with your degree. If you want to become a shrink / go into psych research, then probably a grad school would be better. However, if you're looking more for applied psych, then I'm sure a professional school would be great, since they're geared more towards that. Maybe sending an e-mail to the admissions people of a couple of grad/professional schools, and ask about post-study job application.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 3rd, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could I get a professional degree and still respect myself in the morning... :)

Decent idea, the email thing. Maybe this time around I'll actually get responses from the professors I email.

See, I like applied psych and research. I may want to do both is the thing. Problematically, choosing one lessens viability of the other. I have found some prgrams that might work though - like UT-
K. UTK's I/O psych is integrated with their business school making it easier to get applied classes and internships.

However, San Jose State is in the heart of Silicon Valley, pretty much ensuring my future filthy-richness in applied ergonomics. ;)

It's hard to figure exactly what I want. And I must know exactly what I want when I apply. And I don't think graduate admissions officers will accept "I want to be filthy rich" as a reason to admit. I gotta be more, "I wanna get filthy rich as a consultant to software companies on user interfaces," which still sounds horridly general.
questingfalcon From: questingfalcon Date: June 3rd, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Silicon Valley is old news, most people working there are unemployed or struggling. Seattle is getting tapped out. You need to start thinking about where the hot places are going to be in 5-10 years time. Here's a hint: start learning Welsh.

My personal view is that an applied program has more immediate value. You can use it to leverage yourself into a variety of jobs/programs. Then, once you've got job experience, you can use that base to do a a research / PhD program.

Another random thought: look into job possibilities working with the UN / World Bank. For example, Psych profiles of aid and development programs, how the recipients react to them, how they can be tailored to fit needs of people better, stuff like that.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 3rd, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The sort of job I would want in Silicon valley exists. As a consultant, though, you're not really limited by home location. Also software companies ALWAYS need people to user test their products.

Now, whether they do that is another. Plus, San Jose is an hour from San Francisco and on the bay itself. There are plenty of places to find emply. but this is neither here nor there. I stil need to pick a program.
beloitst From: beloitst Date: June 3rd, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't work for the UN.

As for grad schools abroad, well, it takes some effort but you can find them. I can look into the schools here in Belgium if you want. Belgium has some of the world's top universities.
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: June 5th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
As an off note, I'll just point out that law school is also considered a "professional" program - as is med school.

In picking the program, remember the three L's of real estate "location, location, location". Its true that in certain professions you can work from many places, but you should choose somewhere that you can make contacts in the field, meet the people you'll want to work with and work for. The importance of networking, I feel, cannot be overstated. Just my two cents.
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