What follows are some of the most common questions applicants have about admissions to our program, along with our answers. For more questions, contact Sally Hage, program director. For instructions on applying to the program, click here or select the application instructions link on the menu bar.
What are the admission requirements? What makes an applicant competitive?
A bachelors’ or masters’ degree in psychology or a closely related field is required. It is preferable that students have completed a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, including introductory or general psychology, statistics, and three additional courses (in areas such as theories of personality, developmental psychology, social psychology, or cognitive-behavioral psychology).
The typical applicant who is competitive has (a) GRE scores over the 50th percentile, (b) a GPA of 3.5 or above for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree, and (c) a graduate GPA of 3.75 (if a previous master's degree has been earned). The program strives to have students with experience in both counseling and research. The College is committed to training a culturally diverse group of students.
How many students are admitted each year?
All students are admitted for the fall semester only, and there are approximately 15 students admitted per year.
Are students admitted on a part-time basis?
No. Only persons who are willing and able to carry a full schedule of courses (e.g., nine credit hours or more per semester) will be admitted.
What is the process for admissions decisions?
Faculty members begin reviewing applications in January and 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, and get a feel for the program.
Notifications of admission and waitlist 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 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.
What should applicants do if they have questions that are not answered on our website?
Additional information about faculty members can be found on their individual websites, 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, Ph.D., program director.