If you have a master's degree or two years of graduate study in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited institution, you are eligible to become an associate of APA.

You will immediately see the substantial benefits of being an APA associate member. 

Initially, associate members may not vote or hold office in APA. However after five consecutive years of membership, associate members may vote. 

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  • To apply for the associate members category, you must have a master's degree or have completed two years of graduate study in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited institution. Degrees from foreign institutions must show U.S. equivalency.

  • APA may require additional information to evaluate qualifications for membership.

  • Associate applications may be submitted at any time. If your application is approved between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, your associate status will be predated to Jan. 1 of the same year and your paid journal subscriptions will be backordered to the first of the year. Your subscriptions to the Monitor on Psychology and the American Psychologist will begin on the date of acceptance and continue through the year, with no back issues sent.
  • Associates who join APA between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 will enjoy membership through the next calendar year. Your subscriptions to the Monitor on Psychology and the American Psychologist will begin with the next available issue, with no back issues sent.

  • All journal subscriptions are for one calendar year only. As an APA associate, you may order back-issues from previous years of any APA journal at member rates.

  • Associate status is effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. You will receive an invoice each year when it is time to renew your subscriptions and your membership.

For more information on eligibility as an associate, contact APA's Membership Department.

APA Membership Department

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Email: Membership

Benefits And Services
  • Special low APA Annual Convention registration rates.
  • Opportunity for membership in APA divisions.
  • The American Psychologist — APA's flagship journal.
  • APA Monitor on Psychology — APA's monthly magazine.
  • Mobile apps for APA Monitor on Psychology, gradPSYCH and other APA publications.
  • Journal credit.
  • APA journals and online databases at substantial discounts off non-member rates.
  • Discounts off APA books and videos.
  • Competitive insurance rates from the APA Corporate Partnership Program.
  • High-quality information resources.
  • Free online access to paid subscriptions' full-text files.
  • Support for the discipline of psychology.
  • Representation in Congress, state legislatures, and in major social and educational institutions.
  • Programs that educate the public and the media on the benefits of psychology.
  • And much more!
  • Member Discounts Program — savings for members.
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2015 Associate Dues
  • $100 — New first-year associate only
  • $178 — Basic associate rate

Associates receive a $55 journal credit. More on associate requirements.

2015 Practice Assessment
  • $25 — 1-12 months licensed

  • $75 — 13-24 months licensed

  • $140 — 25+ months licensed 

Licensed APA associates engaged in the provision or supervision of health or mental health-related services pay the additional Practice Assessment fee as specified above. This fee supports APA’s companion organization, the APA Practice Organization, which is exclusively devoted to advancing the goals of the practitioner community. More about the Practice Assessment

Non-payment of the Practice Assessment does not affect membership in APA.

2015 Special Rates for APA and CPA Dual Membership

APA has special reduced-rates and exempt dues memberships for qualifying members. If you are an APA member living in Canada and you belong to CPA, you are eligible for a 50 percent reduction of your APA dues (and the Practice Assessment where applicable). If you are an APA member living in the United States and you belong to the CPA, you are also eligible for a 50 percent reduction on your CPA dues (contact CPA for details).

If you qualify, simply notify us in writing (include your CPA membership number) and your membership records will be updated to automatically reduce your APA dues (and Practice Assessment where applicable) by 50 percent on your future dues statements.

If you would like more information on any of the dues categories please contact the APA Membership Department.