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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 regionally accredited 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

Note that DMU’s MS in Psychology program has three start dates a year in January, May, and August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for this program, with the final deadline usually a week prior to the start date.

Spring classes start - January 6, 2021

  • Early Application Deadline – November 20, 2020
  • Application Deadline – December 21, 2020
I. Personal Information Step 1 of 8

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.

NOTE: DMU may contact applicants via text.

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


Most Recent Employment

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*If you do not immediately see the email in your inbox, check your spam folder for the link to continue your application.

II. Enrollment information Step 2 of 8
III. Academic Experience Step 3 of 8

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.
  • To be official, transcripts must be received in a sealed official envelope or received via email through a secure email service, 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. Exception: Applicants who have attended Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences as a degree-seeking student are only required to provide transcripts reflecting graduate studies completed after enrollment in the Institute.


  • 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 submit an official Comprehensive Course-by-Course' evaluation inclusive of translation to English of their international transcripts from a NACES approved evaluation service (e.g. or to demonstrate post-secondary education is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

IV. Recommen­dations Step 4 of 8

Two recommendations are required. List below the two recommenders you will ask to submit the DMU Recommendation Form on your behalf. 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:

  1. academically related (an individual who was an undergraduate/graduate professor or instructor who taught the applicant in a class setting or similar), or
  2. 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)

Copy the following instructions to send the recommendation form to your recommender:

Recommender has known the applicant for years as (check all that apply): *

Recommender has known the applicant for years as (check all that apply): *

V. Additional information Step 5 of 8

Licensure 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.

Additional Program Information

Applicants to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at DMU’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences are expected to thoroughly review the information found on our website ( to learn more about the program.


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 this section.

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.

Please note:

  • 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.

VI. Signature Step 6 of 8

Please sign this application, agreeing to the statement below and to the validity of the contents. Applications will not be processed without all supporting documents and a non-refundable $55.00 application fee payable to: Divine Mercy University.

I hereby submit this application for admission to Divine Mercy University and certify that the information provided on this application and any attached or required documents is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.  I further acknowledge that I have read and understand all components of the Application for Admissions document. I understand that omissions or falsifications may result in disciplinary action, including the withdrawal of acceptance.  If admitted, I agree to abide by all University policies and procedures. I understand that this application, as well as all credentials submitted in support of this application, become the property of the University and are not returnable.

Committed to the teaching of Vatican Council II that every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God’s intent (Gaudium et Spes, 29), Divine Mercy University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

VII. Payment Step 7 of 8

To complete the application, there is a non-refundable Application fee of $55.00 (Audit application fee $35.00) *

Please know that sections I-VII will be submitted when you click the “submit” button. Section VIII must still be completed before the application deadline.

VIII. Personal Statements & CV Step 8 of 8

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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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.)