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We are recruiting students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate strong potential to engage in the multifaceted role of a clinical psychologist. Each year, 10 students are admitted to the program. You can find a description of our admissions criteria in the section below. The application deadline is February 1. Following the submission of all materials, applicants will be scored quantitatively and ranked into three tiers. Tier 1 prospective students will be invited to a virtual interview. Finalists will be selected and notified by phone or email, and will receive formal invitations for admission.

Applicant Requirements

Unofficial Copy of Undergraduate Transcripts and Graduate Transcripts (if applicable) are required upon application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the program.

Students with degrees in related fields must demonstrate their foundational knowledge of psychology by receiving an acceptable score (at least the 50th percentile) on the GRE Psychology Subtest, or the Psychology Major’s Field Test. Students whose psychology degree was awarded more than 10 years ago are also encouraged to take the GRE Psychology Subtest or the Psychology Major’s Field Test.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are not required to submit general or subject GRE scores. Students who have taken these tests may choose to submit their scores with application materials.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) is a minimum standard. Successful applicants will likely have higher cumulative GPAs.

Prerequisite Courses (with a minimum grade of B

  • Research Methods or Equivalent
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology (or equivalent)
  • Courses in at least two of the following areas*
    • Developmental Aspects of Behavior
    • Biological Aspects of Behavior
    • Cognitive Aspects of Behavior
    • Social Aspects of Behavior
    • Human Diversity or Equivalent

*Relevant work experience could be considered as a substitute for foundational course
requirements on a case-by-case basis. You will be asked to describe these courses in your
application materials and submit official copies of your transcripts.

Courses Strongly Recommended (a B grade or higher is preferred, although a grade below

  • C- is disqualifying)
  • Psychometrics/Tests and Measurements
  • Theory of Personality
  • Introduction to Counseling/Psychotherapy and/or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Professional Ethics
In the Letter of Intent, applicants must clearly identify, through prior achievement, competencies that qualify them for the aims and expectations of the PsyD program. Applicants must outline their professional goals, objectives, and career paths, and discuss how these align with the program aims and curriculum (maximum of 1,000 words).
Applicants must submit a Statement on Diversity and Inclusion that describes (a) your views on diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical psychology, (b) evidence of your contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion to date, and/or (c) your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your future career (maximum of 1,000 words).

Three letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant well, and who can speak to the applicant’s career interest, level of conscientiousness, potential for evidence-based clinical work, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and propensity for success in the field of health services psychology.

  • At least one letter from a professor speaking to the applicant’s aptitudes and competencies for doctoral level training in professional psychology.
  • If applicants have relevant clinical or practical experience, include at least one letter from a supervisor who can speak to clinical proficiency and potential.
A curriculum vitae outlining academic, occupational, and professional achievements/recognitions relevant to the pursuit of doctoral studies in psychology (no more than 2 pages).
The initial deadline for submitted materials is February 1. If all available positions are not filled, a second deadline of April 1 will be announced.

All submitted materials will be scored quantitatively, based on the following criteria:

  • Followed application directions
  • Prerequisites (courses and GPA)
  • Appropriate Degree and/or Exam Score
  • Statements and Qualifications Fit with Aims and Objectives of the Program
  • Potential to Contribute to the Profession
  • Commitment to Underserved Populations
  • Letters of recommendation

Applicants will be ranked into three tiers:

  • Tier 1 = Best fit with the program
  • Tier 2 = Good fit with the program
  • Tier 3 = Modest fit with the program
After an initial inspection of submitted materials, the program will invite Tier 1 prospective students for a virtual interview (via Zoom). Finalists will be selected and invitations for admission are extended to those students who are best qualified, best prepared for doctoral studies, and who are the best fits for the aims and objectives of the Psy.D. program. Notifications for interviews will occur by telephone, or email if the invitee prefers. Each academic year, a cohort of 10 students will be admitted to the program.
Finalists will be notified via e-mail. Invitations for admission will be distributed within two weeks after notification of finalist status is sent.
The program will host two Psy D Program Open Houses, one in October, and another in Late February or Early March before final invitations are sent. The Open House is your chance to meet faculty, tour the campus, and explore the community. Attending the Open House is optional, and is not associated with admissions decisions. Dates for these events will be posted on the department website.
Transfer credit may be awarded for previous graduate coursework successfully completed at the appropriate level. Students may apply for transfer credit by completing the Transfer Credit Application form, the Transfer Equivalency Form, providing a copy of the course syllabus for the course taken, and the syllabus of the course for which the transfer credit is substituting. Decisions about transfer credit are made by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, and the course instructor. Note, transfer credit awarded may reduce the number of courses prescribed for a given semester, but will not impact the overall length of the training program. Graduate credit completed more than 10 years ago will not be accepted as Transfer Credit.
Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Please see SUU Policy.

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Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)