Application for Admission
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology
In order to be considered for admission into the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology program at Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences, you must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for admission to the Doctoral program.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution*
Undergraduate cumulative GPA:
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for graduate studies.
- In rare circumstances, applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission. An applicant with such circumstances should contact the Admissions Office directly before completing the application process.
Complete the application process which includes:
- Completed Application for Admission document
- Three Recommendation Forms, at least two of which should be academic in nature; template found here: https://goo.gl/forms/eEkhD0HpBeTNFdVy2
- Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions which you have attended
- Submission of essays as noted in Application for Admission document
- Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume, inclusive of work/employment history
- Submission of current, valid, official GRE general test scores. (DMU/IPS code 5639) The GRE score is required of all applicants; no preferred minimum score has been established for admission to the program.
- $55 application fee, which the Admissions Office can choose to waive in extenuating circumstances
- Should you be invited to interview, you must be available to interview on site for the applicable visit day.
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 internet-based version (iBT), 250 on the computer-based version (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based 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, follow this link to our academic catalog: https://divinemercy.edu/psy-d-in-clinical-psychology/academic-catalog
- 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.
For international applicants and 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 a “Course-by-Course” evaluation of their transcripts. For more information, follow this link to our catalog: https://divinemercy.edu/psy-d-in-clinical-psychology/academic-catalog
- Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must demonstrate post-secondary education that is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must submit any international transcript(s) to a NACES approved evaluation service for a “Course-by-Course” evaluation of their transcripts. For more information, follow this link to our catalog: https://divinemercy.edu/psy-d-in-clinical-psychology/academic-catalog
*It is highly recommended, but not required for applicants to have taken and passed at least three courses in the Behavioral Health Science discipline (i.e. Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Counseling) before their time in the PsyD program at DMU. Students who do not have at least 9 credit hours of undergraduate Psychology will be enrolled in a Psychology Overview seminar course during the first semester in the PsyD program.
After all application materials have been submitted, our Admissions Office will contact the applicant regarding the interview phase of the application. After initial review of the application, the applicant may be invited to attend an interview day on-site in Arlington, Virginia to interview with PsyD faculty members. It should be noted that the application process is competitive, and at no point is an interview guaranteed. Applicants seeking admission to a program after the Primary Application Deadline has passed should 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.
Summer Scholarship Deadline: September 1st, 2019
Early Application Deadline: November 1st, 2019
Final Application Deadline: January 13th, 2020
*Please note that in order to meet the early application deadline, all application materials must be received by DMU's Admissions Office by this date, except GRE scores, which may be received no later than the Early Application Interviews. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have questions about the early application deadline.