Psychologists belong to APA to identify with, support and advance psychology. APA advocates for the field and provides you with direct benefits to meet your professional needs.

The member category is intended for those who have received a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

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  • To apply for the member category, you must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school or a school that achieved such accreditation within five years of the doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States).

  • This degree must be based, in part, upon a psychological dissertation or other evidence of proficiency in psychological scholarship.

  • Degrees from foreign institutions must show U.S. equivalency. APA may require additional information to evaluate qualifications for membership.

  • Applications may be submitted at any time. If your application is approved between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, your membership 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.

  • Members 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 member, you may order back-issues from previous years of any APA journal at member rates.

  • Membership 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 membership eligibility, contact the Membership Department.

APA Membership Department

750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242
(800) 374-2721 (U.S. & Canada toll free)
(202) 336-5580 (in D.C.)
(202) 336-5568 (fax)
Email: Membership

Benefits And Services
  • APA Member Research Benefits Toolbox (PDF, 288KB). 
  • Membership certificates and plaques.
  • 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 Member Dues
  • $99 — New first-year member only

  • $247 — Basic member rate

APA offers individuals new to APA membership a generous first-year discount and a nine-step graduated dues structure that gradually increases the rate marginally over a nine-year period. Members receive a $55 journal credit. More on member requirements

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

  • $75 — 13-24 months licensed

  • $140 — 25+ months licensed 

If an APA member is a licensed psychologist and is engaged in the provision or supervision of health or mental health-related services an additional fee applies 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 or view the APA member dues statement instructions (PDF, 45KB).