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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Admissions FAQ

Please visit our Online Application FAQ for questions about the application process.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to email or call 303-871-2908 to speak with an admissions counselor.

What is the application deadline?

For the PsyD program:
Application Deadline: December 5, 2014

For the MA programs:
Application Deadline: January 5, 2015

Online applications for fall 2015 consideration will become available in August.

Contact Admissions with questions

How long does it take to complete the PsyD program?

The PsyD program is designed to be completed within 4 calendar years. PsyD students attend full-time all four quarters of the year; fall, winter, spring, and summer. Occasionally, it may take a PsyD student longer than four years to complete the program.  Typically, our students complete the program within 4 to 5 years, which includes the year long internship.

How long does it take to complete the MA program(s)?

GSPP’s MA programs are designed to be completed in two calendar (2) years.

  • The MAFP program consists of fall, winter, spring quarters the first and second years of enrollment.
  • The MAIDP program consists of fall, winter, spring and summer (international field experience during summer) quarters the first year, and fall, winter, spring quarters the second year.
  • The MASPP program consists of fall, winter, spring quarters the first year, and fall, winter, spring quarters the second year.
What percentage of annual applicants get internships?

The full-time internship is required of PsyD students after all academic and local clinical experience has been completed. View statistics about GSPP internships.

What is the tuition cost?

The current University of Denver tuition rate for ALL DU students is $1142.00 per quarter credit hour. Additional information about tuition can be found on DU’s Financial Aid website.

I have a graduate degree already. Do I need to take the GRE exam?

ALL applicants to all programs are required to submit official GRE general exam scores. The GRE psychology subject test is optional for all applicants. GSPP will accept official GRE scores up to five (5) years old sent directly from ETS. To schedule a test call 1-800-GRE-CALL, or visit www.gre.org To have your official scores sent to GSPP, use school code 4842, and department code 2001.

 
I have a graduate degree already. Am I eligible to receive transfer credit?

PsyD applicants who have a MA degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an accredited school may be eligible to receive up to 45 transfer credits toward the PsyD program. Applicants with graduate credit in psychology or a related field from an accredited school, but not a degree may be eligible to receive up to 15 transfer credits toward the PsyD program. If you are invited to an application interview, we will be happy to discuss your transfer credit options at that time.

NOTE: No clinical field experience or practicum hours are eligible for transfer credit. Transfer credit is for academic classes only.

I am not scheduled to take the GRE until the end of December. Should I wait to send my application packet until I have my official scores?

NO. Make sure your application is submitted by the application deadline detailed above. GRE will send your official scores to GSPP if you use these codes: School Code – 4842, Department Code – 2001. We will not review your application until we have GRE scores.

I haven’t taken all of the required application prerequisite courses. What do I do?

This response applies to all programs EXCEPT MASPP.

If you have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in psychology, you have met the four psychology course prerequisite. If you have a BA degree with a major OR minor in psychology, you have met the four(4) psychology course requirement.

If you do not have a degree in psychology, you will need to complete four (4) psychology courses prior to enrolling – IF you are offered admission. You may indicate coursework is in progress on your application, but the courses must be completed by the time you enroll.  Please indicate your plan to complete the course prerequisites in your application.

We recommend you take at least four of these five courses to provide you a solid foundation: abnormal psychology, child development, personality theory, statistics, experimental psychology.

Appropriate classes should be taken at an accredited institution where a 'B' or better is earned.

You may also meet this prerequisite by taking the optional GRE psychology subject test and attaining a score of 660 or higher.

Is an application interview required?

Yes. An in-person application interview is required IN DENVER for all invited applicants to the PsyD, MA-International Disaster Psychology, and MA-Forensic Psychology programs.  The MA-Sport and Performance Psychology program interviews will be conducted via Skype.

What is the status of my application? When will I know if I am invited to interview?

Due to significant concerns about applicant privacy, we do not give ANY application information over the telephone. When an application is received in the GSPP Admissions Office, a status email is sent to the applicant. Follow up status emails are sent as necessary.

Interviews are typically held the last weekend in February and/or the first weekend in March IN DENVER. If an applicant is invited to interview, the applicant will be called and asked to schedule that interview. Invitations are extended as applications are reviewed. GSPP makes every effort to allow adequate time for travel planning.

When can I set up my application interview?

Those applicants deemed appropriate will be invited to interview in person, here in Denver. Invitations will be made by telephone and/or email. Interviews will be held towards the end of February and the beginning of March. In-person interviews in Denver are REQUIRED for those invited applicants.

I completed the online application. Is there anything else I need to do?

Yes. Make sure you have completed ALL the requirements for the application. Application checklists can be found here: PsyD, MAFP, MAIDP, MASPP.

Be sure to take careful note of the essay questions. We ask specific questions to which applicants must respond. We do not accept a statement of purpose in lieu of these essay responses.

Online application FAQ

When will final decisions be made?

We strive to make final offers of admission by the middle of March. All admissions decisions will be made by April 1, 2015.

How can I reapply to GSPP?

If you were not offered admission to GSPP, but would like to reapply, please contact an admissions counselor for assistance. If you are reapplying within a year of your last application, we may be able to use parts of your last application. We are happy to assist you in reapplying!