PsyD Pre-Requisite Requirements


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PsyD Requirements

All applicants must provide the completed application form, official undergraduate/graduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 from psychologists), a current curriculum vitae, and a personal statement indicating how the applicant's professional goals will be met by Marywood's Psy.D. program (500-word limit). The GRE general test is required (within the last 5 years) and scores must be received by the application deadline. 

Applicants selected for interviews are typically notified in late February. Interviews are generally scheduled for early March.


Admission to the Psy.D. program requires at least 18 credits of Psychology coursework at the undergraduate level, including: statistics, experimental methods/research design, and abnormal/ psychopathology. A major in Psychology is preferred. Verbal and Quantitative GREs greater than the 75th percentile are preferred. A minimum overall GPA of 3.48 on a 4.0 scale is expected, for both general curriculum and psychology courses.

Transfer Credits

Up to 15 transfer credits in graduate Psychology coursework will be accepted. All credits transferred must reflect at least a "B" grade, be from a regionally accredited institution, be similar in content and demand of equivalent Marywood courses, and have been earned within the preceding 5 years. The Director of Clinical Training must approve all transfer credits.

Admission Post-Master's

For a post-master's application to be considered, all of the following courses (or their equivalent) must have been completed at the master's level, with a grade of B or better.

  • Psy 503 Research and Statistics I
  • Psy 504 Research and Statistics II
  • Psy 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Psy 514 Human Development
  • Psy 517 Personality Theories
  • Psy 521 Social Psychology
  • Psy 522 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Psy 531 Psychopathology
  • Psy 532 Child Psychopathology 
  • Psy 580 Assessment of Adult Personality and Psychopathology
  • Psy 555 Professional Contribution or Psy 556 Master's Thesis
  • Psy 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
  • Psy 571 Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy
  • Psy 574 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Psy 577 Practicum I
  • Psy 587 Practicum II Or Psy 578 Internship

All students accepted post-Master’s must pass the Master’s Comprehensive Exam. The exam is offered in the Fall semester, and consists of seven sections (Research Methods I, Research Methods II, Personality, Developmental , Social, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior). The exam is a multiple choice format.

Up to two students will be accepted annually post-Master's degree in psychology, to join the third year doctoral students. Students must have completed their degree no more than five years prior to application. Demonstrated excellence in academics and clinical work is expected. Applicants also must have completed an empirical Master's thesis or Professional Contribution. Two of the applicant's letters of recommendation must be from full-time graduate Psychology faculty at the institution where the Master's degree was completed. All other application procedures are the same as for the post-bachelor's admissions.

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