At APA, we support our members at every stage of their professional journey. Join APA today and get the resources you need to help you develop new skills, deepen your knowledge, and strengthen your professional identity.

APA also serves the field of psychology in varied and important ways. As a member, your dues will help support public education programs that raise awareness of the value of psychology. You’ll also make possible lobbying efforts aimed at increasing funding for science and training, raising reimbursement rates for practitioners, and convincing policymakers to apply psychological science when addressing critical societal issues.

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APA membership is effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. If you join APA between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, you will enjoy membership through the next calendar year. 

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Membership effective dates

APA membership is effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. If you join APA between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, you will enjoy membership through the next calendar year.

How to Become a Member

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Find your Membership Type

Our easy application helps you find the right membership level and gives you a chance to share your professional skills and qualifications.
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Join the Community

After your application is approved, you'll be notified of your acceptance* and provided a membership card and the option to join one of APA's 54 topical divisions.
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Advance your Career

As a member, you'll have exclusive access to the latest research journals, publications and career resources to help you take full advantage of the APA community.

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*Dues for the first year range from $22-$100 and include exclusive member benefits.


Why Join APA?

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All APA members enjoy access to exclusive specialized information on career development, new research, trends in psychology, continuing education programs, mentorship opportunities, and case studies on outstanding fellow members. Learn more



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Expert Career Support

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Lifelong Learning

Access to a range of high-quality continuing education offerings including discounts on fee-based programs.
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The Latest Advancements & Trends in Psychology

Nine issues per year of the American Psychologist journal and 11 issues per year of Monitor on Psychology magazine.
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Quality Networking Opportunities

Eligibility for membership in one of APA's 54 divisions and deep member discounts on registration for the APA Annual Convention.
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Exclusive Members-Only Discounts & Prices

Annual $55 credit toward an additional APA journal subscription of your choice, plus discounts on APA books, videos, online databases and more.
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A Voice for Psychology

Voting rights and eligibility for election into APA governing bodies plus your participation and dues support a variety of activities and programs to help advance society and the field of psychology.

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Types of Membership

Member

Requirements: Doctoral degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Associate

Requirements: Master's degree or two years of graduate study in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited institution.

International Affiliate

Requirements: Must be a member of the psychological association of the country in which they reside or present evidence of appropriate qualifications.

Graduate Student Member

Requirements: Must be a graduate student taking courses in psychology. Graduate student dues include membership in the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Undergraduate Student Affiliate

Requirements: Must be an undergraduate student taking courses in psychology. Undergrads may join the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

High School Student Affiliate

Requirements: Must be a high school student. High school affiliates may join the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS).

Community College Teacher Affiliate

Requirements: Must be a psychology teacher at a two-year institution.

High School Teacher Affiliate

Requirements: Must be a psychology teacher at a secondary school otherwise not eligible for APA membership.

Life Status

Requirements: Must have belonged to APA for 25 years and have reached the age of 65 to begin the dues-reduction process, culminating in dues exemption.

U.S. Tax Deductibility

Payments to APA and APF may be deductible as charitable contributions.

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Date created: July 2018