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Admission: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you require the GRE general test, the MAT, and/or the GRE subject area test in psychology?
A: Only the GRE general test is required. However, if you were not a psychology major or if you attended a university or college that is not well known, a high score on the psychology area subject test may help verify your preparation for the Ph.D. curriculum.

Q: Do I need an M.A. or M.S. for admission to the Ph.D.?
A: No more than 20% of students entering in the past 10 years previously have earned a graduate degree.

Q: What are the typical credentials of an entering student?
A: Average GRE of students entering in the past 5 years was V=159; Q=153, and the average entering gpa was 3.60.

Q: I have some graduate-level credits. Will they transfer if I am admitted?
A: It depends. Faculty who teach similar courses will examine your syllabi and make a recommendation to our Graduate Training Committee. If you receive an offer of admission, you are welcome to ascertain what will transfer prior to making a decision about entering our programs.

Q: Do you have programs in clinical or counseling psychology?
A: No. You may wish to examine the APA publication Graduate Study in Psychology to find universities that offer these degree programs. Our School Psychology Program has a strong emphasis on developmental psychopathology (child and adolescent mental health) with a training and research focus on assessment and clinical intervention.

Q: Can I be admitted to earn a terminal master's degree?
A: No. Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program, and earn a master's degree en route.

Q: Can I take courses without being admitted to your programs?
A: Some courses, especially those with practica, are restricted to students in our programs. But many are open to students with the appropriate background. If you are interested in taking a graduate course, you probably should contact the instructor in advance to be sure that you have the background and that the course meets your needs.  For information on reduced tuition for non-degree students, see the School's website.