Criteria used for Admission Decisions

The doctoral program is designed for full-time students who show outstanding academic potential as demonstrated by excellent undergraduate achievement, and prior research and other professional development experiences relevant to the area of research emphasis you are seeking. Students are admitted to the doctoral program to work with a specific faculty mentor. Faculty mentors provide guidance in professional development and ensure that students are actively engaged in research from the beginning of their graduate school careers. Therefore, the fit between your interest and the faculty you select in application is a critical point of consideration.

It is preferred but not required that applicants have baccalaureate degrees in Psychology. At a minimum, applicants are required to have had one course in research methods in the behavioral or social sciences and one course in statistical methods. For the clinical program, applicants must have had a minimum of 24 quarter credit hours or 16 semester credit hours in non-introductory psychology courses, including the research methods and statistics courses mentioned above. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in Psychology are strongly encouraged to consider how their academic experience could translate to research and practice in the field of Psychology.

Our students earn a master's degree as part of their doctoral training. However, we do not admit students who are seeking a terminal master's degree. Those students who enter the program after having earned a master's degree from another institution may be considered for exemption from this requirement. For those seeking a terminal master’s degree, learn more about our Master’s in Applied Psychology program.