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Graduate School of Professional Psychology


Admissions FAQ

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

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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?

Application deadlines for fall 2020 consideration:
The PsyD, MAFP, MAIDP, and MASPP programs only admit for the fall term of each year.

PsyD program:
Early Submission Deadline:  November 2, 2019
Final Deadline: December 2, 2019

MAFP, MAIDP, and MASPP programs:
Early Submission Deadline:  December 10, 2019
Final Deadline: January 10, 2020

Online Application - Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application as soon as possible. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all application materials are received by the Graduate School's Admissions Office by the final deadline.

*International applicants should submit application materials 1 month prior to the final application deadline, as the international student office will need time to process and evaluate documents.

Contact Admissions with questions: [email protected] 

How long does it take to complete the PsyD program?

The PsyD program is designed to be completed within 4-5 calendar years. PsyD students attend full-time all four quarters of the year; fall, winter, spring, and summer. Academic work is typically completed within the first 3 years of the program.  Students typically go on their full-year internships during the 4th or 5th year of the program.

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 $1372.00 per quarter credit hour. Additional information about tuition and DU's Flat Rate can be found on DU’s Financial Aid website.

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

GSPP applicants, excluding applicants to the MA-Sport Coaching (online) program, are required to submit official general GRE 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 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 haven’t taken all of the required application prerequisite courses. What do I do?

This response applies to the PsyD, MA-Forensic Psychology, and MA-International Disaster Psychology programs.

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 a regionally 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. *Please note this test is only offered 3 times per year.  Please plan to take the exam prior to applying to our program.

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.  

To view outstanding documents (i.e. letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) and admission decisions, please check your Application Status Page by logging in with your email address and password.

After reviewing your application and all supplemental documents, the department will invite qualified applicants to participate in an academic interview. If selected, you will be notified via email. *

*Please ensure that the email address you provided within your application is one that you check frequently.

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 contacted via email 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 via 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 for the PsyD, MA-Forensic Psychology, and MA-International Disaster Psychology programs.

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. Please check your Application Status Page by logging in to your online application with your email address and password.

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 for fall 2020 consideration will be made by April 1, 2020.  Admitted applicants have until April 15, 2020 to inform us of their admission decision and to submit the non-refundable $500 admission deposit to confirm their place in the program.  The $500 admission deposit will be credited towards the student's first quarter's tuition.

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!