Generally, in order to become a "professional, academic parapsychologist" it is necessary to have both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, usually in psychology. This is usually because you would be pursuing an academic career within a department at a University.
This process commonly follows two to three stages:
- A Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree, usually in psychology (3-4 years).
- A Masters of Science (M.Sc) degree, again usually in some area of psychology (1-2 years). This stage can be optional.
- A Doctoral (Ph.D) degree, usually in psychology and often with a focus on an area of parapsychology (3-5 years).
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Read my guide on "Becoming a Parapsychologist". I wrote this to try and advise some of the students who contact me asking about this complex issue.