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Psy.D. Admission Information

Please note the application process is different for current IPS students and external applicants.

For all applicants, application materials must be submitted by November 1 for the following fall semester, and interviews are held for approved candidates by December 7.  Admission decisions will be mailed December 31.

Admission Process: External Applicants to the Psy.D. Program

External applicants applying to the Psy.D. Program must have earned a graduate degree from a regionally-accredited degree program in a mental health discipline; e.g. psychology, counseling, clinical social work, marriage, and family therapy.

Because the admission process is focused on the individual, personal interviews will be held with those students meeting the published academic criteria. These interviews must be scheduled through the Office of Admissions, and must be conducted in person. The applicant is responsible for all personal transportation costs associated with these interviews.

In considering external applicants to the Psy.D. Program, the Admission Committee considers the following factors: cumulative undergraduate GPA, academic and/or clinical performance in any previous graduate work, GPA in social science courses (undergraduate and graduate), scores on the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (where applicable), three letters of recommendation, the interview process, personal statements and essays from the applicant, clinical suitability, and commitment to and potential to fulfill the mission of the Institute and the Psy.D. Program objectives. For all applicants, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required in order to be competitive in the admission process.

The Admission Committee reviews only completed applications for each applicant seeking admission. For an application to be considered complete, each applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

• a completed application form with personal statements as instructed on the form (form can be downloaded from the website, or is available from the Office of Admissions);
• letters of recommendation from three individuals capable of evaluating the applicant?s academic preparedness for doctoral work in psychology, philosophy, and theology;
• official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies;
• GRE scores – General Test Score only – taken within the last five years, and submitted directly to the Institute from the Educational Testing Service (IPS school code 5639);
• the required application fee ($55);
• test scores of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS), if applicable, submitted directly to IPS by the testing agency (IPS school code 5639); and,
• one-page statement of clinical and research interests (form available from the Office of Admissions).

Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must arrange to have any international transcript(s) translated and a “Course-by-Course” evaluation completed and sent directly to IPS from an approved evaluation service (i.e., www.wes.org or www.ece.org). Official transcripts must also be sent directly to IPS from the institution(s).

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. TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 250 on the computer-based (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based (PBT) version. 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 only make them available for up to two years from the test date.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the forwarding of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended, and to ensure that all required application materials reach the Office of Admissions before the intended deadline(s).

Once all required forms, fees, and documents are received, the Admission Committee will invite all qualified applicants to schedule onsite personal interviews. All arrangements will be made through the Office of Admissions and must take place by the indicated deadline(s).

Applicants to the Psy.D. Program should note that given the Institute’s aim to integrate psychology and a Catholic philosophical and theological understanding of the human person, all students are required to complete four courses in the areas of theology and philosophy in order to graduate. Students who apply should be prepared to undertake rigorous graduate level studies in philosophy and theology in areas relevant to psychology.

Admission Process: Current IPS Student Applicants to the Psy.D. Program

Students currently enrolled in the IPS Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in order to apply (or have completed their fall semester of 13 credit hours and be enrolled for 12 credit hours in the spring when they make their application). Application materials will be distributed by the director of the Psy.D. Program and the Office of Enrollment Services. Deadline for submission is November 1; interviews must be completed by December 7 and admission decision letters will be sent out by December 31.

Because the admission process is focused on the individual, personal interviews will be arranged with all applicants meeting the published academic criteria. These interviews are typically scheduled in November, and must be conducted in person. The applicant is responsible for all personal transportation costs associated with these interviews.

In considering IPS student applicants to the Psy.D. Program, the Admission Committee considers the following factors: cumulative undergraduate GPA, academic and/or clinical performance in any previous graduate work, clinical rating scores, scores on the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (where applicable), three letters of recommendation, the interview process, personal statements, and essays from the applicant, and commitment to and potential to fulfill the mission of the Institute and the Psy.D. Program objectives. For all applicants, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required in order to be competitive in the admission process.

Once accepted, IPS student applicants may apply all credits earned thus far from the M.S. Program toward the degree requirements for the Psy.D. Program, and are permitted to substitute up to 12 hours of upper-level coursework in order to meet the degree requirements for the conferral of the M.S. Clinical degree.