All applicants to the Psy.D. program must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in psychology or another field. Students seeking first-year status must have a 3.0 from an accredited university with a major in Psychology or must have a 3.0 from an accredited university and have completed the following prerequisites: general psychology, social psychology, psychopathology, statistics and/or research methods in a social science, and learning/cognitive theory. These courses do not have to be completed prior to applying, but would need to be completed prior to starting the program if accepted. These courses can be completed at any accredited institution including most community colleges and even some online programs.
The above mentioned prerequisite courses are not only essential for readiness for doctoral study, but it is important to note that an outcome goal of the program is to adequately prepare the student for success in passing the National Licensure Examination in Psychology. A solid preparation in the breadth of psychology is essential for assisting the student in meeting this goal.
Students entering the program with a master's degree may be eligible to begin the program at the second year of the curriculum, if they have completed graduate coursework that is equivalent to the required curriculum listed for the first year of the program.
*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979