PsyD Admissions

Admission to the Doctor of Psychology program is rigorous and competitive. All applications are through PSYCAS. Learn more about the admissions timeline and necessary requirements below.

Admissions Timeline

The program is cohort-based with a fall start only. All applications for our PsyD program are completed online using the PSYCAS system. Our admission cycle for Fall 2022 is now underway. Be mindful of approaching deadlines and note the following guidelines:

  • January 20: Applications must be completed and submitted through PSYCAS. This includes every required component of the application.
  • Interview dates will be scheduled in late February & early March
  • Application decisions will be made by April 1 at the latest.
  • April 15: Deadline for Admitted Applicants’ Decisions

Do not wait until the due date to start your application in PSYCAS. To ensure that we're able to receive and process your application, make sure to start your application at least 10 days in advance of the deadline, if not sooner.

If you would like information about our program, upcoming open houses, and admissions cycle alerts, please email our Administrative Director Katie Davarashvili at ekaterina.davarashvili@touro.edu.

How to Apply

The PsyD Program utilizes PSYCAS for our admissions process. PSYCAS stands for “Psychology Centralized Admissions System.” PSYCAS is a centralized application service supported by APA and Liaison International. Instructions on how to use the system and how student documents will be uploaded and delivered to PSYCAS for processing can be found in the application: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/

To apply, you can create a PSYCAS account for free and pay $50 to submit the first application. If you apply to other programs that use PSYCAS for their admissions process (i.e. most doctoral programs in psychology), each additional application is $35. Applicants who belong to specific service organizations, or meet income qualifications, are eligible for a fee waiver.

What You Will Need For Your PSYCAS Application

The following are required for your PsyD application:

  1. Official college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)
  2. Official General (Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing) GRE scores—waived for 2022 admission cycle
  3. Official Psychology GRE scores (if not an undergraduate psychology major)-waived for 2022 admission cycle
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic/clinical/research work sources (at least two (2) of these will be required to come from academic sources)
  5. A personal statement of career/professional interests
  6. A CV/Resume

You will also have the opportunity to provide a sample of scholarly work (no longer than 30 pages) if applicable. This can be easily uploaded in the "additional document" section of the PSYCAS application.

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Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

  

You will need a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited university or college.

Undergraduate GPA > 3.0

  

You must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be considered. Graduate coursework cannot be added to undergraduate coursework in order to change undergraduate GPA. Graduate course success will be considered as part of the totality of each application portfolio.

General GRE Scores

  

The General GRE is required. If you score lower than the numbers listed below, we strongly encourage you to retake the GREs and wait to apply to the program.

  • General GRE Quantitative: 144
  • General GRE Verbal: 153
  • General GRE Analytical Writing: 4.0

Touro ETS Code: 3232

The scores above are minimum scores for admission consideration, but consideration does not guarantee admission. This program is highly competitive and admitted students’ scores will likely be above minimums mentioned.

Note for Fall 2022 Applications: While we strongly encourage applicants to take and report the GRE Verbal, Quantitative and Writing sections, if possible, applications without the results of the GRE's will be reviewed fully and without bias.

Psychology GRE Scores

  

The Psychology GRE is recommended (but not required) for those with an undergraduate psychology major. For those applicants without an undergraduate psychology major, the Psychology GRE will be required. The recommended minimum score for the psychology GRE is 600.

The GRE Psychology Test is not required for Fall 2022 applications.

Prerequisite Coursework

  

You will be required to have a minimum of 18 credit hours of psychology, completed with a grade of B or better. The following courses must be included in these 18 credits:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Research Design or Methods
  • Abnormal Psychology

Field Work Experience

  

Fieldwork and/or research experience related to clinical psychology is highly recommended

What We're Looking For in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

In reviewing and evaluating applicants we consider:

  • Academic history and proficiency
  • Professional accomplishments
  • Potential for completing a rigorous program
  • Desire to work with underserved communities and within the broad health care system.
  • Career aspirations/goals and “fit” with the PsyD Program training model and mission
  • Personal maturity necessary for a health care profession as evidenced in letters of reference and personal interview.

Is the PsyD Program Right For You?

Before applying to our doctoral program, it’s important to consider if the program matches what you’re looking for academically and professionally. We aim to admit doctoral students who:

  • Can commit to an intensive, full-time 5 year program
  • Are eager to learn about how behavioral and physical health are interdependent
  • Have a strong interest in both scholarly research and clinical practice
  • Are driven to help address healthcare disparities and work with underserved populations
  • Meet a certain standard for academic performance

Transfer Credit Policy

Up to 18 non-clinical skills related graduate credits will be eligible for transfer: Courses such as developmental psychology and social psychology would be eligible, courses such as assessment, treatment courses, and/or externship (i.e. skills courses) would not. Graduate courses with a “B-” grade or higher from an accredited college will be considered for transfer credit. All courses must be taken within the last five years to be eligible for transfer credit.

You will be required to submit syllabi of graduate courses for which you would like transfer credit. Because of specific requirements for clinical psychology, courses in social work, counseling, etc., may not be transferrable even though similar in title; content must be substantially equivalent. For transfer of credit to be granted, you must demonstrate that you have completed work which is substantially equivalent to that required by the Touro PsyD Program.

Appropriate faculty will review the submitted syllabi to ensure substantial overlap of course content, defined as a 75% content overlap between syllabi of course to be transferred and most recent syllabi of program course. These faculty will then make a transfer/no-transfer recommendation. The Executive Director will then review the faculty recommendations and make a final course transfer decision.

Admissions Decision

Personal Interview with Program Faculty

After initial file review, a number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the doctoral program. This interview process will include:

  • A brief program overview by the Executive Director;
  • A 30-minute interview with a faculty member;
  • A second 30-minute interview with a second faculty member;
  • A Q & A session with current students;
  • An opportunity for a follow up Q & A session with program administration and faculty.

Final Decisions

Our admissions team will make final decisions from the pool of interviewed applicants. A waitlist will also be established, if the pool of applicants so permits. Admitted and waitlisted applicants will be invited to program events and open classes.