What follows are some of the most common questions applicants have about admissions to the PsyD program, along with the answers. For more questions, contact Sally Hage, program director. For instructions on applying to the program, visit the Office of Graduate Admissions Web page, or select the application instructions link on the menu bar.
How many students do you admit annually?
Annually, up to 15 students are admitted across the different concentrations. Please see concentration pages for more information.
Do I need to take the GRE exam?
Yes, your general GRE score is required for application. You do not need to take the psychology specific GRE section.
Are students admitted on a part-time basis?
No, only persons who are willing and able to carry a full schedule of courses (nine credit hours or more per semester) will be admitted.
Is this program accredited by APA?
The curriculum of the PsyD program also has been designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. However, as a newly developed program, the PsyD program has not yet been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The College intends to apply for APA accreditation as soon as it is eligible to submit material.
What is the process for admissions and admissions decisions?
Faculty members begin reviewing applications mid-December. All applications that are received by the Dec.1 deadline are given early consideration. Additional applications will be reviewed after the Jan. 1 deadline. After all applications are reviewed, faculty members will select a pool of applicants for on-campus interviews. Applicants who are not contacted by March 15 to schedule an interview are no longer being considered for admission. These interviews are typically conducted in late February or early March. Past applicants who have attended an interview day have reported that the experience provided an excellent opportunity to get to know the faculty members, and get a feel for the program.
Notifications of admission and wait list status are made by phone or mail soon after these in-person interviews, usually by early to mid-March. Students who are not admitted to the program will be notified by mail during this same period.
Do course credits from previous graduate work apply to the requirements for the doctoral degree?
Students who begin the program having had graduate-level courses at other regionally accredited universities may petition to have up to 42 course credits count in lieu of program-required courses, except for core counseling psychology courses that must be taken at Springfield College. Course waivers are considered when previously taken courses clearly replicate program-required courses and students have earned satisfactory grades in those courses.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The time it takes to complete the counseling psychology doctoral program will very dependent on the past experience of the student, courses required, and concentration requirements. On average, students are expected to complete the program in four to six years.
What should applicants do if they have questions that are not answered on the website?
Additional information about faculty members can be found on their individual Web pages, which can be accessed using the faculty links sidebar on the left side of this page. If questions remain after using these online resources, individuals can contact Sally M. Hage, PhD, program director, at (413) 748-3663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.