Admissions Requirements

  1. Without Master’s degree:
    1. Baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education or an internationally recognized institution.
    2. Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.
    3. Writing portfolio (two APA formatted papers).
    4. GRE.
    5. Two letters of recommendation.
    6. Resume including employment and other significant volunteer history.
    7. Written statement of intent (indicating how your goals align with the goals of the program).
    8. International Students whose first language is not English or who have not completed a degree in which English was the medium of instruction 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. TOEFL scores must be at least 90 on the Internet-based version (IBT), 233 on the computer-based version (CBT), and 577 on the paper-based version (PBT). Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 6.5.
  2. With a Master’s degree in a related field:
    1. Application.
    2. Personal Statement.
    3. Official transcripts.
    4. Two letters of recommendation.
    5. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. With the Master of Science in Psychology from Divine Mercy University:
    1. Finished the MSP with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    2. Official transcripts.

Successful participants in the Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences program will demonstrate not only strong academic aptitude, exceptional research and writing skills, ability to gain knowledge that covers both a breadth of the field of psychology and depth in a specific area of the field, but also “grit” – the ability to persevere in the lengthy process of research and writing to complete the dissertation. In order to best support students in this endeavor, the Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences at DMU uses a cohort model to create a learning community. The initial cohort requires a minimum number of applicants to ensure a cohort size that leads to an ideal learning environment.