The specific admissions procedures will be as follows:

1. Applications will be evaluated once per year for Fall admissions. The deadline for applications is December 1. ALL required material MUST be received by this date for priority consideration. Priority consideration means that your file will be reviewed and considered with the applicant pool for that year. Unlike those who have all application materials received by the Dec 1 due date, completed or partial application materials received after the due date are not guaranteed to be reviewed or considered for the up-coming admission cycle. Therefore, it is in the applicant’s best interest to make sure that all application materials have been received by the due date to obtain this consideration.

2. Applicants will submit an application packet which will consist of all material listed in the Application Checklist.

3. An admissions committee, consisting of at least 5 program faculty elected by the entire program faculty, will review and rank order applications based on the criteria described below. Admissions decisions will be based upon:

  • Prior academic record as evidenced in official undergraduate transcripts from degree granting institutions and, if applicable, official transcripts for all graduate-level coursework in higher education. Pre-requisite courses include Introductory/General Psychology; Statistics; Experimental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology.
  • Current (last 5 years) scores on Graduate Record Examination (General test). It is recommended that scores on the Verbal section not be lower than 150 and scores on the Quantitative section not be lower than 141.  Likewise, it is recommended that applicants have a minimum combined total on those two sections of 297. The ETS/GRE code for Marshall University is 5396. Scores for International Students who have English as their second language should send recent TOEFL scores and these applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Psychology related professional and scholarly experience.
  • Letters of recommendation. (please include recommendation forms)
  • Written statement of professional goals and a rationale for how the Psy.D. further the students’ career objectives. Guidelines for what to include in the personal statement are provided in the Supplemental Application materials. This statement will help the committee evaluate applicants’ commitment to providing professional service to the rural areas of this region, as well as their understanding of the time commitments involved in undertaking doctoral study.

4. Based upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee, interviews with applicants may be scheduled as part of the admissions process.

5.  Although a certain number of slots are reserved for residents of West Virginia and the surrounding rural, Appalachian regions, the program seeks to attract and admit qualified applicants from a wide range of ethnic and cultural groups.

Please be aware: It is the policy of Marshall University to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities (Campuses) Act of 1989 and Federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. More information can be found HERE

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all materials have been received by this date.

Application Materials (items 1-7):
1. Application Checklist

The following application materials (items 2-4) should be sent to:

Marshall University
Graduate Admissions Office
1 John Marshall Dr.
Huntington, WV  25755

2. Marshall University Application for Graduate Admission
(The MAJOR CODE number for the Psy.D.  program, as requested on this application form is GLF0)

PLEASE NOTE: – A non-refundable $40 application fee is required for in-state and out-of-state and metro applicants. – Submit the application fee with the Application for Admission form.  Please make check or money order payable to MARSHALL UNIVERSITY with the student’s name and Social Security number or MUID number included.

3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required and scores should be sent with your general application for admission to the University.  The Psychology Subject Test is no longer required for admission to the program. Official scores must be sent from ETS. The GRE code for Marshall University is 5396.

4. Official Transcripts from undergraduate degree granting institutions and, if applicable, Official Transcripts for all graduate coursework (all transcripts must be sent directly by the institution)

PLEASE NOTE: – Undergraduates who have not been granted a degree by the application deadline may still apply but will be reviewed conditionally. The undergraduate degree must be conferred prior to the Fall semester after the application due date and an official transcript must be sent directly from the institution showing the conferment.

For questions about these materials (items 2-4), please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 304/746-1900 or 1/800/642-9842

Additionally, the following application materials (items 5-7) should be sent to:

Ms. Nancy Tresch-Reneau
Department of Psychology
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2672

5. Departmental Supplemental Application 

6. Letters of Recommendation and Evaluator Form (3 required)

7. Personal Statement (guidelines located in the Supplemental Application)

For questions about these materials (items 5-7) you may email Nancy Tresch-Reneau at