To apply to the PsyD program:
Basic Application instructions for all applicants
- NOTE: International students are also required to submit additional documentation to the International Student Office.
- Application Deadline: December 3, 2013
Please call 303-871-2908 with any questions.
NOTE: If you are RE-applying for admission, please contact the Admissions Manager immediately.
- GRE Requirements:The GRE general exam is required for all applicants; the GRE psychology subject test is optional.
- To schedule your test date, call 1-800-GRE-CALL, or visit the GRE website. The University requires that the GRE General exam has been taken within the last five years. The GRE psychology subject test is optional.
- To have your official scores sent to the University of Denver, please use school code 4842; and if asked, use department code 2001.
- Applicants should take the General GRE no later than the December testing date of the academic year before potential enrollment in GSPP.
- GSPP does not have GRE cutoff scores; we look for baseline scores near the 50th percentile or higher.
- TOEFL/IELTS Requirement (required of all graduate applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status): 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0 IELTS
- Essay Responses:Please respond to these questions and upload your responses when requested in the online application. A personal statement will not be accepted in lieu of these essay questions.
- Letters of Recommendation: For all programs, two letters of recommendation are required (three letters are STRONGLY recommended). You will submit your referees names and email addresses on the electronic application. Please be sure your referee email addresses are correct as the University of Denver will be contacting your referees directly for their reference letters. Delays in reaching your referees may result in delays processing and reviewing your application.
- Official Sealed Transcripts:one official copy is required from all institutions where more than two credits were completed
- NOTE: Do NOT wait for grades/degrees to be posted on your transcript. If you are offered admission you will provide final transcripts at that time.
- Prerequisite Classes: This requirement is for applicants who do NOT have a BA with a psychology major or minor OR applicants who do NOT have a MA/MS in clinical or counseling psychology. Applicants to the MASPP program are also exempt from this requirement.
- For applicants WITHOUT a psychology background, you are required to complete four (4) psychology courses earning a 'B' or better in these classes. We recommend the following courses to give you a foundation in psychology:
- abnormal psychology,
- child psychology,
- experimental psychology (requires that the student complete the content portion of an experimental psychology class [e.g., learning, perception, cognition, motivation, physiology, which also requires the student to perform one or more direct experiments using the scientific method applied to some empirical question. This second requirement is often met by taking an experimental lab associated with the course),
- personality theory,
The psychology prerequisite can be completed by course work or by obtaining a score of at least 660 on the Psychology Subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants offered admission should be aware that all psychology classes must be completed before registration in September.
- GPA and Testing Requirements: The school expects an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 and a graduate GPA of 3.0. Higher scores may make an application more competitive. GSPP reviews each application in its entirety to determine all assets an applicant brings to the program. Please be sure to highlight your strengths if your GRE scores/GPA are somewhat lower than our baseline scores.
- Resume/CV: Please detail all relevant experiences in your resume/curriculum vita which you will upload during the online application process. Having paid or volunteer experience providing services to clients having emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders is an asset.
In reviewing applications, we are concerned with the quality of the whole application, evidence of academic ability, quality of work done in the human service role, how referees view the applicants potential to become a professional psychologist, and how the applicant presents him or herself in answering questions on the Supplemental Application. Our aim is to enroll people who have an appreciation of psychology as a scientifically based discipline and sufficient emotional and social maturity to function effectively in applied professional work. Even though we do not require an undergraduate major in psychology, we expect applicants to have knowledge of and curiosity about psychological theory and issues.
Because clinical work starts in the first year, the in-person interview is particularly important. Based on both written and interview materials the full faculty meets to select candidates. For the past five years, GSPP has made an average of 77 admission offers and welcomed an average class size of 38. Students are notified of admission decisions by April 1 of the admission year.