How to become a Psychologist in Maryland...
Click on the link that best describes your current situation.
- I'm a high school graduate...
- I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
- I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in Maryland. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists at (410)-764-4787 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your Maryland psychologist license.
I'm a High School Graduate...
Great work! Your ahead of the curve! However, as competition for jobs continues to rise, there really is no time that is too early to start doing career research.
Now is the time to continue your momentum and take the vital next steps toward not only Maryland psychologist licensure, but any professional career should you decide to change your career path. The following are those vital next steps...
Hands down the most important next step for you is to continue your education. A college degree is not only a prerequisite for psychologist licensure, but also a prerequisite for entering graduate school or being eligible for practically all other professional positions.
Your next step... learn how you can enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology programs!
- Associate degree programs in psychology
- Bachelor degree programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Maryland
Secondly, you will want to learn more about career fields in psychology, the career environments and whether or not you are a right fit for a career as a psychologist.
One great way to gain experience in an environment that is similar to psychology career environments is to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to find out if helping other people makes you tick! In addition, volunteering is a great way to boost your work resume and your college applications.
Below are a few links to volunteering organizations in Maryland:
- Baltimore County Volunteers
- Volunteer Center for Anne Arundell County (Annapolis)
- Volunteer Frederick Inc.
- Maryland Mentoring Partnership
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County Maryland
If volunteering is out of the question, look to find paid work or speak with professors about career options as soon as possible in your academic career.
I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...
Once you have your undergraduate or Master's degree you will need to continue on and earn your doctorate degree in psychology, educational psychology or an education degree that specializes in counseling psychology or educational psychology from an accredited college or university.
Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.
- Master's degree programs in psychology
- PhD programs in psychology
- Additional Psychology Colleges in Maryland
When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.
Once you have completed your PhD or PsyD program, you may continue down to:
I have finished my PhD or PsyD...
Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in Maryland.
You will need to acquire at least 2 years of supervised professional experience under a qualified supervisor. At least one of these years must be completed after earning your degree if your first year of experience is earned through an internship or other training program.
More information about hourly requirements and necessary supervisor qualifications can be found on the following Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists' webpage.
Once your work experience has been completed, you can download and submit your Maryland psychologist licensure application and fee to the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
You can download the application and instructions for completing forms on the following Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists' webpage.
The Board will review your application and notify you when it has been approved. At this time you will become eligible to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination.
You may contact the Maryland Board for information about the jurisprudence examination. More information about the EPPP can be found on the ASPPB website.
After both exams have been successfully passed, the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists will provide you with your Maryland psychologist license.