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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Admission Procedures

Application Deadline

Fall 2020 Admission Deadline - (the online application will open mid-August):

Early Submission Deadline:  December 10, 2019

Final Deadline: January 10, 2020

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. The MAFP program only admits for the fall term.  The sooner we have a complete application, the sooner our department can review your application.

*International applicants should submit application materials by December 10, 2019, as the international student office will need time to evaluate documents.

Application Resources

How to Apply

A completed MAFP application includes:

  • Essay Responses
    • Please respond to both essay prompts and upload to the online application under "Supporting Materials" section.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    • 2 letters required; 3 letters strongly encouraged
    • It is helpful to have 1 letter speak to academic abilities.
    • You will submit the names and email addresses of your references through the online application.
    • An email requesting a letter of recommendation will be sent to your references upon entering their contact information. Your references will be required to submit their recommendations online.
    • Please be sure to provide current contact information to avoid any delays in processing your application.

  • Transcripts
    • You will be required to submit one (1) unofficial transcript 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.  Send transcripts now, as is.  If you are offered admission, you will submit final transcripts at that time.
    • Upon admission to the program, each applicant must provide one (1) copy of official transcripts (signed
      and sealed) from all colleges/universities attended to the following address:
      Mailing Address:University of Denver
      Office Of Graduate Education
      Mary Reed Bldg., Room 5
      2199 S. University Blvd.
      Denver, CO 80208-4802

      If transcripts are sent electronically via Parchment or Ellucian, please have them sent them to [email protected]
  • GRE Scores
    • The General GRE test is required of all applicants; GRE Psychology Subject test is optional.  To have official scores sent to DU, please use School Code 4842
    • You may upload an unofficial copy of your scores via your online application. If admitted to the program, final, official scores will be requested at that time.
    • The GRE test must be within 5 years old.
    • 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
    • Applicants for graduate study at the University of Denver must meet a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission. For applicants with an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, the GPA from the graduate degree may be used to meet the GPA requirement.
    • GSPP expects an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of around a 3.5.
    • 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 BA/BS in psychology (major or minor).
    • The psychology prerequisite can be met through coursework or by obtaining a score of at least 660 on the psychology subject GRE. 
    • 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.  Please detail in your application how you plan to meet the psychology prerequisite.
    • 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

    • International applicants, or applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, please provide the following:
      • Proof of English Proficiency by submitting passing TOEFL or IELTS scores:
        • Minimum TOEFL Score: 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based), or  IELTS Score: 6.0

  • 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.

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