Admission Requirements

Approximately 40-45 full-time students are admitted to the Psy.D. program each year. The application for admission consists of the following materials:

1.  A completed and signed application form, submitted prior to the established deadline and accompanied by the appropriate fee.

2.  Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended, demonstrating that the following conditions have been met:

  • Previous academic work must include a concentration in psychology, including courses in statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality psychology.

  • The transcripts must include any degree received. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States is required.

  • Applicants enrolled in an institution of higher education outside the United States whose standards of training are substantially equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions in the United States will also be considered.

  • International students must submit an official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized agency. Please refer to the Credential Evaluation Services page in the International Students section of the Albizu website for detailed information on this requirement.

3.  Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test section and the Graduate Record Examination Subject test in Psychology, taken in the past five years. Note that preference will be given to applicants whose grade point average and GRE scores exceed the following:

  • Overall grade point average of 3.25

  • GRE Verbal score of 156 (or 550 according to the old GRE score system)

  • GRE Quantitative score of 146 (or 550 according to the old GRE score system)

  • GRE Psychology score of 550

  • GRE Analytic score of 4.5

4.  Three letters of recommendation from current or past professors, evaluating the applicant’s academic performance, clinical or field experience, and research experience.

5.  A current curriculum vitae summarizing the applicant’s credentials.

6.  A personal statement describing life experiences that have helped shape the applicant’s personality, professional goals, and academic objectives.

Admission Procedures

After the Office of Admissions has received all documentation and credentials, the applicant’s file is forwarded to the Psy.D. program. A multi-tiered process of selecting candidates for interviews and admission then begins.

If selected for an interview, applicants are required to participate in the program’s Interview Day. The decision of the Psy.D. faculty to interview a prospective student does not indicate or imply acceptance. After the interview, the faculty will evaluate the applicant to determine if he/she meets the criteria for admission. Ultimately, Albizu University reserves the right to reject any applicant.

If the applicant is approved for admission, the Office of Admissions issues an acceptance letter. After receiving the letter, the applicant is required by the University to confirm acceptance by submitting a non-refundable deposit to be applied to fees and tuition.

The incoming student must provide the Office of Admissions with one recent 2” by 2” photograph prior to the end of the first academic session following matriculation. In addition, the Psy.D. program requires fingerprint analysis and background screening of all students before they can receive clearance to interview, evaluate, and/or treat clients at the Goodman Psychological Services Center, AU’s on-site training clinic.

For more information on the application process at Albizu University and the help that is available to you, please click here to visit the admissions procedures page.  

Transfer of Credits Policy

Courses must be completed at an accredited institution of higher learning and passed with a grade of “B” or better (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in order to be accepted for transfer. Any course completed more than five years prior to the date of application for admission to the university may be transferred only with the approval of the Psy.D. program director. There is no time limit for the transfer of credits from completed degrees at Albizu University. 

The maximum number of credits that a student in the Psy.D. program may transfer from another institution is 12.

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