Procedure and Requirements
Applications for admission are available online. The Office of Graduate Studies is available to assist with questions about accessing and completing the application: McKelvie Hall, West hester University, West Chester, PA 19383, Phone: 610-436-2943. Admission is for fall semester only.
WCU Application and application fee
Current CV, including research experience and clinical experience
Personal statement (no more than three pages, doublespaced) addressing each of the following:
- Why you want to pursue a Psy.D.
- How the Psy.D. program at WCU fits with your professional goals, including the match between your interests and those of specific WCU psychology department faculty members
- Your interest in and experience working with diverse populations
- Your interest in traumatic stress, children, or adolescents
- Your primary clinical interests and experience
- Your research interests and experience
- Special aspects of your academic background you feel make you especially well prepared for a career in professional psychology
- Any specific weaknesses in your application that you feel should be explained
- List three faculty members from any sub-discipline within the WCU Psychology Department whom you would like to serve as your dissertation research mentor.
(NOTE: Psy.D.students are encouraged to consider identifying potential faculty research mentors who are not clinical psychologists, in addition to the clinicians
who represent the core faculty within the Psy.D. program.)
- Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an individual who is familiar with the academic and/or scholarly qualifications of the applicant (NOTE: for applicants
who have been out of school for a lengthy period, and therefore are at a disadvantage in terms of obtaining recommendations from course instructors/professors, a letter
may be provided by an individual who is familiar with the applicant’s scholarship, such as a co-author on a publication, a collaborator on a public service grant,
a co-presenter in a training workshop, etc.)
Admissions to the Psy.D. program are made for Fall only, with a December 15 deadline for completed applications. Applications received after this deadline will be reviewed only on a space-available basis.
An on-campus interview is required of all successful applicants before an admission decision is made. Not all applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview. Applicants will be notified by January 31 of an invitation to interview, and the on-campus interview day is the third Friday in February.
Applicants will be informed of admissions decisions on or around March 1.
Student matriculation decisions are due by April 1, at which time a $400 deposit is required.
The following undergraduate or graduate level courses are required in preparation for the WCU PsyD. Program:
GRE, Major, and GPA Requirements:
Introduction to Psychology
Personality Psychology (IF AN OFFER OF ADMISSION TO THE PSYD PROGRAM IS MADE, THIS COURSE MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO MATRICULATING)
GRE General test (Verbal and Quantitative sections) required in last 5 years, even for applicants with a previous graduate degree
Minimum GRE Scores Strongly Recommended: 153 (V) and 148 (Q)
We DO NOT require the GRE Psychology Subject Test
Undergraduate Psychology Major is required OR a major from a related discipline UNLESS the applicant has already obtained a graduate degree in Psychology
GPA Requirements – BA/BS minimum 3.0, and for applicants with a Master’s degree, a GPA of 3.3 for graduate program