Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

Doctoral study in the helping professions rooted in psychology and the Catholic tradition.


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Admission Information

Admission to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program is open to applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, preferably in psychology, at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Admission Process

There are three phases of the admission process:

  1. Application: A completed application packet received in the Office of Admissions is required to progress to the second phase of the admission process.
  2. Initial Screening Interview: Applicants who meet the admission requirements (see below) may be invited for the initial screening interview.
  3. On Campus Interview: Applicants are selected after the initial screen interview for the final interview required for admission to the Psy.D.


Please note that interviews are not guaranteed at any point in the process.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate 3.5 cumulative GPA to be competitive (4.0 Scale)
  • Undergraduate degree in psychology preferred.Note: Students admitted without an undergraduate degree in psychology will be required to complete pre-requisite courses during the first year of their program.
    • Application Package. A completed and signed application package includes:
    • Application for Admission. Click here to download the application.
    • Three Recommendations, at least two of which must be academic in nature; template found here.
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
    • Essays (see Application for Admission)
    • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume, inclusive of work/employment history
  • Official GRE general test scores (DMU school code 5639) within the past five years. (The GRE score is required of all applicants;  no preferred minimum score has been established for admission to the program.)
  • Non-refundable $55 application fee
  • Interviews
    • Initial Screening Interview. The purpose of the initial screening interview is to assess the applicants academic and career goals and that these are consistent with PsyD mission and program goals.This interview is typically conducted as a video conference with one or more members of the Psy.D. Admissions Committee. Decisions about invitations to the initial screening interview are extended to well qualified applicants after receipt and review of the complete application package.
    • On Campus Interview: The on campus interview is conducted on campus. Only those applicants who are selected from the initial screening interview are invited for an on campus interview. The on campus interview is required for admission to the Psy.D.
  • International Students must meet English language proficiencies and degree requirements as outlined below:
  • Applicants whose primary language is other than English please note the following:
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years, and the scores must be submitted directly to DMU by the testing agency. (DMU school code 5639).
  • TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based version (iBT), 250 on the computer-based version (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based version (PBT). Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, which will only make them available for up to two years from the test date. For more information, follow this link to our academic catalog.
  • For international applicants and applicants whose baccalaureate degree was earned at an institution outside of the U.S. please note the following: 
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must submit any international transcript(s) to a NACES approved evaluation service (such as wes.orgor for a “Course-by-Course” evaluation of their transcripts. For more information, follow this link to our catalog.
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must demonstrate post-secondary education that is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.



To be competitive, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application package for consideration by April of each year. Applications received after that date are reviewed on a space available basis.

Once the required application, letters of recommendations, official transcripts, and fees are received, the Admission Committee will invite qualified applicants to schedule the first screening interview. Applicants who are successful in the first screening interview, are invited for the Final On-Site Interview. See interview process for further details.


Please note that this program requires relocation to Arlington, VA for the duration of the (5) year program. International students are required to maintain valid immigration status throughout their time as students in the program.

See Catalog for additional information.

For any coursework completed outside the United States, please see instructions for the translation and/or evaluation of foreign transcripts.


Applicants who are admitted to the Psy.D. program must pass a background check prior to beginning work with clients in their external practicum or internships. Please see the Catalog for further information.


There are a number of scholarships available to students accepted to the Psy.D. program. Applicants are eligible to apply for these scholarships once they submit their completed Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Office at with any questions you may have about the application process, the Psy.D. program, or DMU in general! We look forward to receiving your application!

To view admission policies, click here.