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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. We are excited to announce the release of our application for the Fall 2021 Psy.D. cohort!
We encourage you to review our application requirements and process, and set up a meeting with an Admissions Representative today to learn more about our one-of-a-kind Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program. Set up your phone call by using this link:

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 two 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. On Campus Interview: After initial review, applicants are selected for the final interview required for admission to the Psy.D. program

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

Schedule a brief call with an Admissions Advisor at your convenience!

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for graduate studies.
  • In rare circumstances, applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission.  An applicant with such circumstances should contact the Admissions Office directly before completing the application process.
  • Undergraduate degree in psychology preferred. Note: Studentsadmitted 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 apply.
    • 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
    • After all paperwork listed above is submitted, competitive applicants will be invited to interview on-site with a number of Psy.D. faculty. The on campus interviews are required for admission to the Psy.D. program.
  • 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 asorg or 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.


Please note that this program requires relocation to Sterling, 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 Enrollment Policies & Procedures, click here.