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Basic Requirements - Degree

  1. Completion of a program of 96 credits, with a cumulative grade point average of B or better. Advanced students are given transfer credit, based on an individual analysis of their prior graduate academic record, as shown on official transcripts.
  2. Successful completion of a qualifying examination, which must be taken and passed following the first year in the program. This examination is given in May of each year. Students who fail the qualifying examination twice are dropped from the program.
  3. Students must maintain a B average each semester, receive no more than one C per semester, and no more than three Cs in total toward the Psy.D., or the student may be dropped from the program. All instances involving program termination can be appealed. The appeals process is detailed in the Psy.D. Student Manual. Candidates receiving a D in a course will be placed on probation and a remedial plan will be developed. A grade of F in any course in the program is grounds for termination.
  4. Satisfactory evaluation of performance at all practicum and internship sites, with no documented reports of unethical or unprofessional conduct.
  5. Successful completion of an approved doctoral dissertation.
  6. Satisfactory performance at an oral defense of the doctoral dissertation.

Selection of Students

Students who are considered for interview and possible admission to the program must have the required academic background and test scores as detailed in the Admission Requirements in our program brochure: Doctor of Psychology, Program in School-Community Psychology and on our program website Psy.D. Program in School-Community Psychology under the heading of Admission Requirements. Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have taken courses in Human Development, Statistics, and Experimental Design or Research Methods all of which have been completed with a grade of B or better. Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are also required. We are looking for students who have a strong commitment to the betterment of the emotional and behavioral needs of children. This commitment most often encompasses a concern for that child's family and the community.

Applicants meeting the above requirements are called by phone and invited for an individual interview. The interview is with program faculty and program doctoral students. When an applicant shows interest in the research of a given faculty member, we attempt to pair that student with the faculty member for the interview. Once the interviews have been completed, each faculty member ranks the applicants and a meeting takes place to obtain a consensus on who should be offered admission. Students showing strong academic backgrounds, self-discipline, and a commitment to children, families and the community are contacted by the faculty member who interviewed them and are invited into the program.

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