Major Completion Timeline

Plan Your Path

The department designed the Major Completion Timeline to help Psychology majors stay on track with their degree and make the most of the opportunities, experiences and resources at the University at Buffalo.

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior After You Graduate

Courses to Take

  • If major status is achieved, PSY 400-level courses that fulfill major requirements
  • PSY 450 Advanced Research Methods, especially if you are considering the Psychology Honors Program and/or advanced study
  • PSY 497 Honors Seminar (Fall) and PSY 497 Honors Research Credit (Spring), if you are participating in the Psychology Honors Program

Experience to Get

  • Consider or continue working as a research assistant (PSY 498 Undergraduate Research), in an internship (PSY 496 Supervised Applied Experience) or serving as a teaching assistant (PSY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching)
  • If you qualify, apply for admission to UB’s chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honors Society in Psychology
  • If interested, run for an officer position in the Undergraduate Psychology Association or Psi Chi

Preparation to Do

  • Investigate opportunities to present any research you have done at university, state, regional, or national conferences
  • Continue investigating potential careers and graduate programs
  • Take required admissions tests for advanced study (e.g., GREMCATLSATGMAT)
  • Assemble your application materials (CV/resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation requests, transcript requests) for advanced study or the job market
    • If interested in advanced study at the doctoral (PhD) level, applications may be due in the Fall semester of your senior year; master’s (e.g., MA or MS) applications are typically due in the Spring semester
  • Practice interview skills