Center for Psychological Studies

Admission Requirements

Clinical Psychology (Psy.D. and Ph.D.)

Interview Day

After the files are reviewed, a select group of eligible applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview in March. You will be notified by the Office of Admissions if you are selected to attend Interview Day. An in-person interview is required for admission.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progress

The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess–with or without reasonable accommodation–multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities and intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center's student handbooks.

Accepting Offers

In accordance with the guidelines established by the American Psychological Association, accepted applicants have until April 15 to respond to our offer, although earlier notification is desired. Applicants who accept our offer must send a required deposit of $1,000 by April 15 to secure their place in the program. This nonrefundable fee is credited toward the first semester's tuition. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Provisional Admissions

Students may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.

Transfer of Credits

All transfer credit must be awarded during the student's first academic year in the doctoral program. Consideration will be given only to doctoral-level courses taken within the past five years and before matriculation in the doctoral program. Request for first semester courses must be made during the summer before July 15, and may be done through the mail or by making an appointment with the director of academic affairs that is responsible for awarding these credits. Request for all other transfer credit must be made during the fall, before October 15. The maximum number of credits transferred that will be credited toward graduation is 15. Coursework submitted must meet all the specific criteria outlined in the center catalog. No transfer credits may be applied to pre-practicum, practicum, internship, or electives. Courses from terminal master's degree programs are not transferable. See the CPS student handbook for additional information.

Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in School Psychology

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have completed at minimum eighteen semester hours of coursework in psychology. Moreover, three credit hours in statistics is required. Additional criteria reviewed will include the following:

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progress

The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess–with or without reasonable accommodation–multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities and intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center's student handbooks.

Accepting Offers

In accordance with the guidelines established by the American Psychological Association, accepted applicants have until April 15 to respond to our offer, although earlier notification is desired. Applicants who accept our offer must send a required deposit of $1,000 by April 15 to secure their place in the program. This nonrefundable fee is credited toward the first semester's tuition. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Provisional Admissions

Candidates may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the candidate will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional candidate until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Candidates who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.

Specialist Program (Psy.S.) in School Psychology

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three credit hours in research and evaluation or statistics prior to the start of the specialist program. Additional criteria reviewed will include the following:

To be considered for admission to graduate study in the specialist (Psy.S.) program in school psychology, all applicants are required to present evidence of scholastic ability, significant interest in the area of school psychology, interpersonal sensitivity, personal stability, and sound moral character. The school psychologist is required to interact with children of various ages, parents, teachers, and a variety of school personnel. Interpersonal effectiveness, including maturity, flexibility, and professionalism must be demonstrated by the applicants.
An applicant who meets the following criteria, in addition to the above minimum requirements for admission, may be considered for acceptance into the program as a degree-seeking student.

Alternative Admission Route Specialist Program (Psy.S.)

An applicant who does not meet one or more of the criteria for the degree-seeking status listed above, but has a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution, may be considered on the basis of relevant, professional, or exceptional experience or accomplishment (e.g., a teaching certificate or three years working professionally with children), as determined by the admissions committee.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progress

The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess–with or without reasonable accommodation–multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities and intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center's student handbooks.

Accepting Offers

In accordance with the guidelines established by the American Psychological Association, accepted applicants have until April 15 to respond to our offer, although earlier notification is desired. Applicants who accept our offer must send a required deposit of $1,000 by April 15 to secure their place in the program. This nonrefundable fee is credited toward the first semester's tuition. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Provisional Admissions

Students may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.