Note: The application deadline for the psychology doctoral program for early consideration is December 1, and general consideration is January 15.
The following is required for application to the Psy.D. program in counseling psychology and may be submitted online or in one packet unless otherwise specified:
- Complete the online application form.
- A resume or curriculum vitae
- Personal essay, which is autobiographical in nature and focuses on the applicant’s developmental history, cultural background and experiences, and explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing doctoral studies in counseling psychology (three to six pages of double-spaced text).
- Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. The psychology GRE is not required.
- Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions. Official transcripts should be sent by the institution(s) directly to the Office of Admissions and arrive in sealed envelopes.
- Three letters of recommendation with reference forms from professionals (i.e.,
academics and practitioners) who can address the applicant’s suitability for
doctoral study. Letters are to be typed and submitted on applicable letterhead. (Note: Personal references are not considered.) Download the reference form and complete the top portion of the form. Make three copies, and forward the forms to your reference writers. Direct each writer to: (1) Complete the form, (2) seal it with her/his letter in an envelope addressed to the applicant, (3) signs the envelope across the seal, and (4) mail the envelope to the applicant. Applicant submits all three letters together and sends them to graduate admissions. Alternatively, references may fax their letter of recommendation to (413) 748-3694, ATTN: Graduate Admissions, or email the letter as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Admissions ensures that applicant files are complete. Complete files are forwarded to the program director. Applicant information is put into a database within the program and files are made available for program faculty members to review and evaluate (using a standardized form). Faculty members then meet as a group to discuss applicants. The following criteria are used to evaluate the extent to which students are a good match with the program: academic area in which master’s degree was earned (e.g., counseling, counseling psychology, social work, etc.), undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA, combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, clinical experience, letters of recommendations, and essays. Qualified applicants are invited to campus for an interview day. Offers are extended to the most qualified applicants until a cohort comprised of approximately 15 students is reached.