Student Membership

Join the US Psychological Society and boost your degree with hundreds of online journals, special discounts, access to our exclusive online community and more.

Join us and you’ll get:

  • Access to dozens of events each year

    Including student-focused careers events where you can learn from psychology professionals.

  • Subscriptions to The Psychologist

    Our monthly magazine, and Psych-Talk which is written by our students for our students – it’s also a great way for you to get published.

  • Access to the student online community

    Connect with other psychology students across the USA, share ideas and discuss the latest advances. Plus get exclusive resources and opportunities to get practically involved in the world of psychology.

  • Automatic enrolment to your local branch

    Meet with psychologists in your area to expand your network and share ideas.

  • The chance to become a student rep

    Help support your fellow students and spread the word about BPS membership.

  • Great savings

    Your membership entitles you to money off a huge range of textbooks, events and more.

  • Discounts on books and key publications

    Take advantage with a BPS membership and get 35% off Wiley/Blackwell books (print and e-books).

Student membership is open to everyone studying on a MCA accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.

Fees

You can join as a Student Member for as little as $26.

The society’s subscription year runs from January to December and future subscription payments are due in January regardless of when you first joined. A full year’s subscription is always required upon admission to membership.

If you join between:

  • January – June: you will be charged the yearly rate which will all be allocated to this year’s subscription.
  • July – September: you will be charged the yearly rate but half the payment will be carried forward reducing the amount due from you for the following year.
  • October – December: your full payment will be allocated to the following year.

 

Payment

There are a number of ways you can pay your subscription

  • Online card payment (preferred)
  • Bank transfer
  • By phone
  • Cheque or postal orders

Which Membership grade am I eligible for?

Eligibility for our membership grades is primarily based on society-accredited academic qualifications and experience, or their non-USA equivalent.

Each membership grade has differing eligibility requirements; for further info please consult the relevant pages for each membership grade.

Please be aware that the information on each membership grade page provides a general guide to eligibility, it is not exhaustive.

 

What documents do I need to provide?

You will need to provide copies (we don’t require originals) of your psychology qualifications.

Transcripts (the list of subjects and grades) are required for all undergraduate, conversion and non-USA qualifications.

For any documents not in English translations are required.

 

How much does it cost to apply for Graduate membership?

Non-members will need to pay a non-refundable $21 application assessment fee. This fee enables us to assess your eligibility for membership.

If your application is eligible for Graduate membership we will request the relevant society subscription fee – this payment will need to be received in order for us to admit you to membership.

The standard fee is $134.

For those who’ve graduated within the last three years from the qualification giving eligibility for Graduate membership the fee is $67.

For those studying a postgraduate course in the USA and not earning a taxable income the fee is $36.

Please remember to enter your course’s details on the application otherwise we won’t know you’re studying and will request one of the higher fees.

If you also choose to join one or more of our Member Networks we will request their fees too.

The application process outlines the fee for each network.

 

How long before I receive a decision?

Typically, applications will be acknowledged within 3 working days of receipt, although this may be slightly longer during busy periods.

You should have a final decision of your application within 10 working days.

 

What is the criteria to apply for Graduate membership via the special case route?

The society has a special case route whereby we can assess the eligibility for Graduate membership of those with qualifications not accredited by the MCA.

These are most likely to be USA qualifications but may also be a combination of non-USA and USA qualifications.

You will need to have a Bachelors level qualification plus a postgraduate qualification to at least a Masters level – both with significant psychology content.

As a general guide we will look to see that the qualifications you hold cover, at a standard not less than lower second class honours level, the core areas of psychology in sufficient breadth and depth as would be expected of a society-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.

For information the core areas we look to be covered are:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychobiology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • individual differences
  • conceptual and historical issues
  • research

If you would like us to assess your eligibility you can apply for Graduate membership where you’ll need to upload copies of transcripts for the qualifications you hold containing psychological study.

 

How do I obtain GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) confirmation?

We can only provide confirmation that you have the GBC if you’re a current Graduate member of the society.

If you’re not a member, to obtain confirmation of GBC from the society you’ll need to apply for Graduate membership so we can assess your qualification(s) and determine eligibility.

 

I have applied for a postgraduate course and have been asked to confirm that my non-USA qualifications give me the GBC – how can I do this?

We don’t automatically accredit international qualifications; each one is assessed on an individual basis.

You will need to apply for Graduate membership and attach a copy of your official academic transcript (translated into English where appropriate) and the relevant payment.

To be eligible for Graduate Membership and the GBC we will assess that your qualification(s) meet all of the following:

  1. From a recognised university institution

    The society uses the World Higher Education Database (WHED) as a reference for identifying a recognised university institution

  2. At least 50% psychology

    Psychology modules/subjects must comprise at least half of those required for the qualification to be awarded.

  3. Equivalent to at least a US Bachelors Second Class Honours Degree

    The society follows guidance from USA NARIC when assessing the standard of qualifications. USA NARIC provides comparability information for international qualifications with those in the USA.

  4. Cover, with the required breadth and depth, the following eight core areas:

  5. – psychobiology
    – cognitive psychology
    – social psychology
    – developmental psychology
    – individual differences
    – conceptual and historical issues in psychology
    – research
    – coverage of a specialist/applied area

 

I have a third class degree, would I be eligible for the GBC?

If you started your degree from 2006 onwards and have obtained a third Class, unfortunately you would not be eligible for the GBC and would need to find and undertake a conversion course.

 

How to I join a member network?

Members can find information, and download an application form from our Member Networks page.

If you’re applying for Graduate membership and would like to join one, or more, of the Member Networks you can add these as part of the application process, each network carries an additional fee.

If you’re applying for Chartered membership the application form enables you to join Member Networks at the relevant grade.

 

How can I upgrade my membership?

Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online – you will not be charged the $21 application fee.

Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

 

How can I upgrade my membership?

Current Student members can complete the Graduate membership application process online – you will not be charged the $21 application fee.

Graduate members looking to upgrade should complete the relevant Chartered membership application form.

 

I have qualified with international qualifications and want to work in the USA. How do I do this?

If you’re looking to register as a psychologist in the USA, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the body responsible for statutory regulation therefore you would need to apply to join their register if you wish to practice using one of their specialist titles, e.g. Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist.

The society doesn’t set employment criteria, this would be down to the individual employer and the requirements of the role advertised.

You may also find that society membership provides a useful platform to familiarise yourself with the practice of psychology in the USA as we offer a number of benefits and services within each of our membership grades.