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Volume 13, Issue2February 2000

Presidential Column

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Elizabeth D. Capaldi
University of Buffalo
APS President 1999 - 2000
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Universe of the Master's

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  • Universe of the Master’s

    The growth area in graduate education is in master's degrees. The number of master's degrees awarded in the United States has increased 41 percent over the last 25 years, while PhD degrees have increased only 19 percent. Psychology awards master's degrees but only in a limited number of areas. The largest numbers of master's awarded in areas of psychology in 1995-96 were in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, andindustrial/organizational psychology. Psychology ranks after business, education, engineering, public administration, social work, social science, and the health professions in the number of master's degrees awarded Traditionally, in most areas within psychology, we have said the PhD is the entry degree, modeling this on clinical psychology. Perhaps it is time to reexamine the possibility of terminal master's degrees in all areas of psychology.