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In order to be considered for enrollment in a graduate program of Divine Mercy University, applicants must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the Master of Psychology program within the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionallyaccredited academic institution, or an internationally recognized institution.
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA to be admitted. To be competitive, students should have at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume including employment and other significant volunteer history
  • Written statement of intent (indicating how your goals align with the goals of the program).
  • Applicants whose primary language is other than English please note the following:
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years, and the scores must be submitted directly to DMU by the testing agency.
      • TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internetbased version (iBT), 250 on the computerbased version (CBT), and 600 on the paperbased version (PBT). Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, who will only make them available for up to two years from the test date. For more information, please view our catalog.
  • For international applicants, applicants whose baccalaureate degree was earned at an institution outside of the U.S. please note the following:
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must submit any international transcript(s) to a NACES approved evaluation service for an evaluation of their transcripts for equivalency. For more information, please view our catalog.
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must demonstrate postsecondary education that is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Should the student wish, DMU can have transcripts reviewed and evaluated by a private source. The cost for this service will be added to program costs

Application Deadline

After all application materials have been completed and received by our Admissions office, the applicant will be invited to schedule a video conference interview with admissions. Pending the outcome of the individual meeting with admissions, a group video conference interview with other applicants and the SOC faculty members will follow. If you are seeking admission to a program after the Primary Application Deadline has passed, please contact Admissions for further assistance and to inquire if additional spaces may still be available. Note that seating is limited and cohorts may fill to capacity prior to published deadlines.

For May 2018 start:

  • Application Deadline – 5/14/18
Part I

Personal Information, Enrollment Information, Academic Experience, Recommendations & Financial Aid

I. Personal Information

Please provide your full legal name.

Present Mailing Address:

Permanent Address (if different):

Telephone Numbers:

For International Phone numbers, please input Exit Code and Country Code for calling out of the United States.

DMU may contact applicants via text.

Most Recent Employment

Additional Information

The following items are optional. Your cooperation is strictly voluntary, but would be greatly appreciated.

(A person of Cuban, Mexican, Chicano, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture, regardless of race)


III. Academic Experience

List in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including professional schools and other formal training programs. Important: your application cannot be processed without your transcripts.


  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution attended are required in order for the application to be complete, even if a degree was/has not been granted.
  • To be official, transcripts must be received in a sealed official envelope or by secure electronic submission, and are required from each institution attended, regardless of the length of time the applicant attended, the applicant’s status, or whether the grades are listed on another institution’s transcript.


  • Applicants who received baccalaureate education outside of the U.S. must submit official copies of those transcripts according to the specifications noted in the Official Transcripts section above.
  • In addition to official transcripts, applicants who received baccalaureate education outside of the U.S. must have submitted an official evaluation inclusive of translation to English of their international transcript to demonstrate post-secondary educations is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.’
  • Translation of transcript must be from a NACES approved evaluation service (e.g.
  • If necessary, DMU is able to obtain official translation for an additional fee.
  • For more information, please view our catalog.


Two recommendations are required. List below the two recommenders asked to submit the DMU Recommendation Form. The official Recommendation Form from DMU must be used; a personal letter from a recommender cannot be substituted for the Recommendation Form. The recommender must either be academically related (an individual who was an undergraduate/graduate professor or instructor who taught the applicant in a class setting or similar), or professionally related (an individual who has had supervisory responsibility of the applicant, or an individual who can testify to the character of the applicant (exclusive of family members), (e.g. Pastor, clergy)

Please carefully review the instructions for completion and submission of the Recommendation Form. The official DMU Recommendation Form can be found here.

Recommender knows the applicant for years as (check all that apply):

Recommender knows the applicant for years as (check all that apply):

V. Financial Aid Intent

Seeking a graduate degree is a major investment in yourself and your future. Like any investment, it requires planning to ensure that you can accomplish what you set out to do. In this section we invite you to share the vision of your path ahead so that we can best prepare for that vision to become a reality. Financial need is not considered by DMU when determining who is offered admission.

*Please note that if this section is left blank, you will not be considered for financial aid at DMU. Completion of this section is also required to consider your application for admission. Please answer each question below.*

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Financial Aid at DMU is defined as any combination of the following:
    • Federal Student Loans (offered by the U.S. government)
    • Internal Financial Aid (aid offered directly from DMU) in the form of scholarships, internal grants-in-aid, or Student Assistantships, which are also campus-based aid
    • Campus-based Aid in the form of work in exchange for payment or tuition credit such as
      • Federal Work Study, a Federal Aid program, paid in cash to the student
      • Student Assistantships, offered as internal aid from DUM as tuition credit
  • For U.S. Citizens: The completion of your FAFSA is required as a part of the application process.
    • Here is the link to the FAFSA website. You will need last year’s completed tax return to complete the FAFSA. DMU’s code for the FAFSA is: G38724
    • To see if you are eligible for Federal Student Aid, review the information contained in the following link: Note: most U.S. citizens and many permanent residents are eligible.
  • For International Applicants: (or applicants who are not otherwise eligible to receive Federal Financial aid)

All Applicants, please answer the following questions:

If you answered “no” to question #1 then you may skip the remaining questions in section VI.

In the following questions please indicate which types of aid you are interested in receiving. By checking less than all the financial aid options, you may be limiting the total amount of financial aid which you are potentially qualified to receive.

Additional Notes:

  • Divine Mercy University awards institutional aid based on the following criteria:
    • academic merit and promise
    • financial need as determined by the FAFSA or International Certification of Income document
    • order in which the application was received
  • Financial need is assessed using the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated by the FAFSA. This value is based upon tax data that may no longer reflect a student’s financial situation. If you feel that this is the case, please contact DMU’s Financial Aid office to have your need evaluated in light of your true financial circumstances. Financial Aid can be reached at:
  • DMU does not deny any student an award on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, gender, nationality or ethnicity.
  • If you wish to later change your financial aid intentions expressed in this section please notify Financial Aid.

For any questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact DMU’s Financial Aid office at or by calling 703.416.1441 x130.


All applicants should review the requirements and required materials before submitting. An Admissions Counselor will follow up directly following submission of application.

VII. Additional Program Information

Please note that this MS in Psychology degree is a non-licensable, non-clinical, non-professional-counseling degree track. This degree will not prepare graduates for a licensed career path in the mental health field.


Payment of $55 to complete the application process.

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Please ensure the following are sent directly to DMU either by mail or secured email.

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official transcripts, in a sealed official envelope or sent directly from the institution to DMU
  • FAFSA/IPS International Aid Application (for those applying for financial aid) (DMU FAFSA code G38724)
  • Professional transcript evaluation (for those with international transcripts)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (for all who do not have English as their first language) (DMU code 5639)

Divine Mercy University
Attention: Admissions
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 511
Arlington, VA 22202

Important Contact Information
Divine Mercy University welcomes your questions anytime.

Office of Admissions 703.416.1441 x117 or x105

Office of Financial Aid 703.416.1441 x130

Part II

Resume/CV & Personal Statement

IX. Resume/Curriculum Vitae Expectations

It is expected that your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) contains a detailed summary of all important educational, professional and relevant personal experiences. This is including but not limited to the following sections:

  • Full employment history (spanning the last ten [10] years or since high school graduation).
    • List the employer/company, title of position held, one sentence describing the position, employment start and end dates, location of employer/company.
  • Full educational history beyond high school.
    • If your education has not been continuous up to the present, list all interim employment and/or activities that occurred during gap times.
  • Professional activities related to your desire to seek graduate education in the mental health field.
    • You may also include relevant personal experiences, such as volunteerism, that supports your desire to seek graduate education in the mental health field.
  • Additional educational pursuits that are non degree-seeking in nature should also be included. (i.e., certifications, etc.)


The Statement of Intent is an essential part of the application process as it provides a fuller picture of potential students to the admissions committee. In the space provided below, help us get acquainted with you by telling us in 300 to 500 words: your interests and goals, experiences in the field and how an education at IPS can support your future plans. It may be helpful to write the statement in Word and paste it into this document. Please submit when completed by clicking the submit button below.

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