Skip navigation
Graduate School of Professional Psychology


Admission Procedures

Application Deadline

Fall 2020 Admission Deadlines (The online application opens in mid-August)

Early Deadline:  November 2, 2019

Final Deadline:  December 2, 2019, 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) -
Applications must be submitted by this date.

*The PsyD program only admits for the fall term.

*International applicants should strive to submit application materials by November 15, 2019, as the international student office will need time to evaluate documents.

Application Resources

How to Apply

A completed Psy.D. application includes:

Click the Online Application to apply

  • Create an account/application here:

  • International Students
    • Additional documentation is required by the International Student Office.
    • Please see below for additional application requirements and Proof of English Proficiency requirements.

  • Essay Responses
    • Please respond to both essay prompts and upload to online application under "Supporting Materials" section.
    • We do not require a personal statement or diversity statement.  

  • 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; if you are offered admission, you will submit final transcripts then.

    • 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, and (if asked) Department Code 2001.
    • The GRE test must have been taken within 5 years of application date.
    • If you have taken the GRE exam within the past 5 years, you may upload an unofficial copy of your scores now. If you have not yet taken the GRE, you may upload your scores after submitting your application by logging into your Application Status Page.
    • 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 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

    • International applicants, or applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, please provide one of the following for proof of English Proficiency: minimum TOEFL scores 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0  or higher IELTS score

  • 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

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Denver is an Equal Opportunity Institution. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate in the admission of students, in the provision of services, or in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or disability. The University prohibits all discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and Executive Orders.