Program of Study for the Doctor of Psychology and Master of Arts in Psychology
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam, unless waived; completion of approved courses (or demonstrated competence in the subject matter) in General Psychology, Research Methods (including statistics) and Abnormal Psychology; statement not exceeding two pages describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals, as well as identifying a potential mentor. In addition, priority will be given to students committed to providing clinical services to rural or underserved populations upon graduation.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.
Top applicants will be invited for a formal interview. If invited, attendance at the interview is strongly encouraged for priority consideration. Successful admission will be contingent upon completion of a criminal background check that will be reviewed by the Clinical Admissions Committee and the Graduate School. Applicants who are recommended for admission will be contacted with instructions.
Admitted PsyD applicants will earn an MA degree (see Psychology - Clinical Psychology Concentration, MA ) en route to the PsyD. The 60-hour MA is not, however, offered as a stand-alone degree. The 113 hours for the PsyD are distributed as follows: Psychology Core (30 credit hours), Clinical/Professional Core (65 credit hours), electives (6 credit hours), dissertation (9 credit hours), and Internship (3 credit hours).
Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam requirement may be waived for applicants with:
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the most recent earned degree (undergraduate or graduate).
Location: On Campus; Full-Time
Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information
Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program, but requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned bachelor’s degree or 3.3 or higher in an earned graduate degree. No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the program and by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .