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Admission Procedures

Application Deadline

The deadline for fall 2015 consideration is December 5, 2014.  Online applications are now available.

*International students should submit application materials by November 5, 2014, as the international student office will need time to evaluate documents.

Application Resources

How to Apply

A completed PsyD application includes:

  • Online Application
  • International Students
  • Essay Responses
    • Please respond to essay prompts and upload with online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • 2 letters required; 3 letters strongly encouraged
    • It is helpful to have 1 letter speak to academic abilities.
    • You will submit referee names and email addresses in the online application. DU will contact referees directly.
    • Please be sure to provide current contact information to avoid any delays in processing your application.
  • Official Sealed Transcripts
    • 1 official copy required from any institution where 2 or more credits were earned (this includes study abroad credits and college credits earned while in High School).
    • Do not wait for final grades/degrees before sending transcripts; if you are offered admission, you will submit final transcripts then.
  • GRE Scores
    • To have official scores sent to DU, please use School Code 4842, and (if asked) Department Code 2001.
    • General GRE required; GRE psychology subject test optional.
    • GRE must have been taken within 5 years of application date.
    • Applicants should take the General GRE no later than December of the year prior to potential enrollment.
    • To schedule testing, call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit GRE website.
    • GSPP does not have GRE cut-off scores; we look for baseline scores near the 50th percentile or higher.
  • GPA Requirements
    • GSPP looks for an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and, if applicable, a graduate GPA of at least a 3.0.
    • 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 lower than our baseline scores.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita (CV) 
    • Please detail all relevant experiences in your resume/CV. (Having paid or volunteer experience providing services to clients having emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders is an asset.)
    • Upload this document during the online application process. 
  • Prerequisites 
    • This requirement is for applicants without a Bachelor's (major or minor) in psychology, or applicants without an MA/MS in clinical or counseling psychology.
    • The psychology prerequisite can be met through coursework or by obtaining a score of at least 660 on the psychology subject GRE exam. 
    • For applicants WITHOUT a psychology background, you are required to complete four (4) psychology courses from a regionally accredited institution, earning a 'B' or better in these classes. Applicants offered admission should be aware that all psychology classes must be completed before registration in September.  Applicants should detail how they plan to meet this prerequisite somewhere in their application.
    • We recommend the following foundation courses: 
      • abnormal psychology
      • child psychology
      • experimental psychology (requires the student to complete the content portion of an experimental psychology class [e.g., learning, perception, cognition, motivation, physiology, and 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
      • statistics
  • TOEFL/IELTS 
    • Required of all graduate applicant, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language: 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0 IELTS
  • Re-Applying for Admission

Review of Applications

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.

Please contact the Admissions Office with questions by email or phone: 303-871-2908