|Study location||United States, California|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||$35,300 per year|
|Application fee||$50 one-time|
Postgraduate diploma (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
1. Application for Admission form and a non-refundable application fee.
2. Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited institution. An undergraduate major in psychology is required. Coursework in the major must include: introductory/general psychology, statistics, experimental psychology/research methods, and abnormal psychology; and two of the following courses: history and systems of psychology, social psychology, theories of personality, human development/developmental psychology, clinical psychology, physiological psychology/biopsychology, multicultural psychology, psychological testing/psychometrics, cognitive psychology, learning/memory, or sensation and perception. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.30 is required. A Masters degree is not required for admission and a Masters GPA may not be substituted for a deficient undergraduate GPA.
3. International students must submit proof of proficiency in the English language via a satisfactory total TOEFL score. The minimum required TOEFL total score for the 3 versions of the TOEFL are: 600 (paper-based version), 250 (computer-based version), and 100 (internet-based version). International students must also provide proof of financial sponsorship and financial statements.
4. Official test scores for the GRE General test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). The minimum required GRE scores are 300 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) and 3.5 (Analytical Writing). The GRE Psychology Subject test is recommended but not required. Scores must be recent (no older than 5 years).
5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic preparation, fieldwork, employment, or volunteer experience. All three letters must be from individuals who are qualified to objectively assess the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral-level study and potential to function competently as a professional clinical psychologist.
6. A current curriculum vitae.
7. A statement of professional goals and aspirations explaining why the applicant wants to pursue doctoral study in clinical psychology and outlining what the individual anticipates for his or her future as a result of earning the Psy.D.
Following receipt of all application materials, only applicants being considered for admission are interviewed. The program admits only full-time students and part-time applicants are not accepted. Interviews are held in February and include: individual interviews with core doctoral faculty members, a group experiential activity, a writing assignment, a campus tour, and meeting current students. The program strongly favors interviews to be held in person, but telephone interviews may be arranged for applicants from distant locations. Students are notified of their admission status by the middle of March, and are given until April 15th to respond. To be officially admitted to the program, students must provide documentation of having completed an undergraduate degree in psychology prior to enrolling in the fall. Only admitted students may take courses in the program.