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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:
    • 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:
  • 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:
      • 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.

*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.

If you would like to submit an application after the Final Application Deadline, please reach out to our Admissions Office to inquire about availability of spaces. Any applications received after that date are reviewed on a space-available basis.

PsyD Application deadline extended! There is a unique opportunity to still be considered for fall 2020 admission to our PsyD program as space permits! Those who have not applied but wish to pursue application to the PsyD program for fall 2020, please first contact the office of Admissions today ( and note your intent to apply for fall 2020! Our Admissions team will be happy to work with you through the process. The Post-Final Application Deadline is March 20th, 2020, with all required admissions application materials due by this extended deadline. We look forward to working with you! Reach out today to learn more!

I. Personal Information Step 1 of 9

Present Mailing Address:

Permanent Address (if different):

Telephone Numbers:

NOTE: DMU may contact applicants via text.

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


Click "Save as a draft" to get an automated email with this section of the application filled out.* Or click "Next Step" to continue filling out your application.
*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 9


Note: If you are seeking Admission to another program of study within Divine Mercy Univeristy (M.S. Counseling or M.S. in General Psychology), a separate application for that program is required. Please see our website for applications to these programs or contact Admissions for more information.

If you are seeking status other than continuous enrollment as either Course-for-Credit or Audit, please indicate that here.

Note that not all classes are available for Audit or Course-for-Credit.

III. Academic Experience Step 3 of 9

List in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including professional schools and other formal training programs. It is important to note that, while your academic history is to be listed here, your application can not 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, 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.

For more information, follow this link to our catalog:

*If your education has not been continuous up to the present, list all interim employment and/or activities. Also include this on your resume.
IV. Recommen­dations Step 4 of 9

Three recommendations are required. List below the people asked to submit the Official Recommendation Form. The official Recommendation Form from DMU’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences must be used; a personal letter from a recommender can be added to, but not can not be substituted for the Recommendation Form.

  • Two of the recommenders must be academically-related, meaning an individual who was an undergraduate/graduate professor or instructor who taught the applicant in a class setting or similar.
  • The third recommender should be professionally-related: an individual who has had supervisory responsibility of the applicant.
  • Note that recommenders must have an academic or professional supervisory relationship or similar with applicant; family, friends, colleagues, etc are not considered suitable recommenders.

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

V. Personal background Step 5 of 9

This section asks questions related to your personal background. Each question in this section must be answered.

Students are solely responsible for understanding how criminal background and other past history may affect their ability to obtain a practicum, externships, pre-doctoral internship, postgraduate supervised experience, and licensure in the state in which they intend to practice.

VI. Additional information Step 6 of 9

Licensure Information

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program meets the requirements for the academic coursework and clinical training for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Virginia. While the standards for licensure in Virginia are similar to other states, students who wish to pursue licensure from another state should research the requirements for the state in which they intend to practice.

To assist applicants in their research, we recommend that applicants review the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards website page on Licensure Requirements ( Any individual who wishes to become licensed is solely responsible for knowing and complying with the licensing requirements for the state in which he/she plans to practice.

All states require a postgraduate supervised practice before awarding graduates full licensure. Students are solely responsible for knowing and complying with the licensing requirements for the state in which he/she plans to practice.

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.

Program Cost:
Tuition (per credit hour): $1033.00
Note that the PsyD program is 122 credit hours.

Please complete the following questions regarding financial planning and financial aid. 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.
VII. Signature Step 7 of 9

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.

VIII. Payment Step 8 of 9

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

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

IX. Personal Statements & CV Step 9 of 9

Please compose a series of typed responses to both of the following essays that explore your personal and professional reasons for applying to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at DMU’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The total maximum word count for all components of this essay section is 800 words.

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