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Doctor of Psychology - Admission and Application

Admission and Application


Admission Deadline Date: Review of applications will begin on November 15 for each subsequent fall cohort and will continue until the class is filled.

Admission to the doctoral program requires the applicant to have either a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or related field or a specialist-level degree in School Psychology.  Applicants with graduate degrees from closely related fields may be considered for the program, but, if accepted, may need to take additional courses to complete the foundational coursework. Program admission is based on a comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s application file and an interview.  The application file must include:

___ GRE minimum scores of 142 Verbal, 142 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing. Our program aims to produce practitioners who collaborate with stakeholders, both verbally and in writing, and to create consumers of research, who have the ability to conduct and utilize current research. These minimum scores are utilized to ensure that all students enter the program with the skills needed to be successful in our program. In lieu of the GRE scores, applicants can submit a portfolio that includes evidence of at least five years successful practice in the field and evidence of managerial/supervision experience or superlative practice.

___Graduate transcript(s) with a minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 and undergraduate transcripts verifying undergraduate degree.

___Three letters of recommendation from professionals in a position to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program.

___Personal statement describing professional interests, expectations from the doctoral program, and career goals.

___Resume or curriculum vita.

___Psy. D. application form.

___Graduate School application form

International students are encouraged to apply and must meet two additional requirements.

  1. They must submit evidence of the ability to communicate in English (as evidenced by a minimum of 570 on the paper based TOEFL, a minimum of 88 on the iBT TOEFL, or a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS Academic Version).
  2. Evidence of adequate financial resources is also required. 

In addition to the application materials, interviews will be held with all viable candidates based on review of the application file. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain the applicant’s fit with the program’s goals and objectives and with their intended career paths (APA, 2013). In addition, the interview serves to further inform potential students of the Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology program’s mission, goals, curriculum and expectations for students.   

Applicants with graduate degrees from closely related fields and international students may be considered for the program, but, if accepted, may need to take additional courses to complete the foundational coursework. Foundation coursework in clinical and school psychology programs provides the basis for understanding human behavior and consists of courses in the areas of social psychology, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, cognition/learning, and diversity/multicultural awareness. Applicants with degrees in clinical or school psychology will also have their transcripts reviewed for these foundation coursework due to variability in training across programs and universities.

Because some students may lack coursework in the foundational areas of psychology, assessment of applicants’ previous graduate coursework will be important to help them be successful in the program and to be eligible for licensure upon graduation. Students will be informed of any deficiencies upon program entry when they sign a curriculum contract identifying any deficiencies in the foundational areas of psychology that will need to be completed.

Consistent with university policy, any identified deficiencies will need to be remediated prior to admission to candidacy and any courses taken as remediation for deficiencies may not be counted in the 48 hours required for the Psy.D. degree.

All applicants must also submit an affidavit affirming that they have not been convicted or charged with a felony crime or an ethical violation.  A criminal background check will be required of successful applicants during the first semester of graduate study at the applicant’s expense. Individuals evidencing a felony conviction are not eligible for licensure in Kentucky as a psychologist. Training programs have an ethical obligation to disclose the inability to obtain licensure at program entry.

Portfolio Requirements for Application

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