|ADMISSIONS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS|
|Given the ongoing demand for doctoral level training in professional psychology, and the limited number of students that we will admit per year, the admission process for students is expected to be quite competitive. While we do not have required GRE or GPA minimums, it is recommended that scores on the Verbal section of the GRE not be lower than 150 and scores on the Quantitative section not be lower than 141. Likewise, it is recommended that applications have a minimum combined total on those two sections of 297. As a frame of reference, the average GPA for those coming into the program last year with a Masters Degree was 3.81 and for those entering with a Bachelors Degree, 3.70. Last year, the average scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE for students were 151.5 and 146.8 respectively, and an Analytical Writing score of 3.89. See GPA and GRE scores for previous years.
While academic background, intellectual potential and professional experience and skills will be key selection criteria, we intend to recruit students who are committed to providing service to our region. Therefore, students should carefully consider their interests in rural and underserved populations before applying to the program.
|For entry into the program prerequisites include the following coursework:|
|Additional coursework in psychology and in related disciplines is likely to strengthen a candidate’s application.|
|Application for Advanced Standing:|
|Students who already have a Masters Degree in psychology, with a clinical emphasis, from a regionally accredited institution can apply for advanced standing in the Psy.D. program. To be considered Advanced Standing, applicants should have successfully completed graduate-level coursework consistent with the first 2-years of the PsyD program curriculum and be prepared to enter into our training clinic upon admission. Necessary coursework typically includes but is not limited to: Diagnosis and treatment planning; Interviewing; Psychological assessment of children and adults; Ethics; and some supervised practicum experience. Those who have masters degrees in other areas are still encouraged to apply but may be compared to the bachelor-level applicants as determined by the Admissions Committee. All applicants with graduate coursework in psychology successfully completed may be able to waive some coursework in the Psy.D. program upon approval of the faculty. Students who are admitted with advanced standing must select to enter in either a full-time track or a part-time track by the end of their first semester of enrollment. These tracks are described below: While academic background, intellectual potential and professional experience and skills will be key selection criteria, we intend to recruit students who are committed to providing service to our region. Therefore, students should carefully consider their interests in rural and underserved populations before applying to the program.|
|Full-time track:||Students who apply for advanced standing and the full-time track must commit to a minimum of 9 hours of coursework and practica per semester during the entire time of their enrollment. They must also commit to taking summer coursework as needed. As such, these students can anticipate completing the program in approximately four years. This would assume 5-6 semesters of coursework and a full year for the pre-doctoral internship. Students admitted to the full-time track can apply to change to the part-time track if their circumstances warrant such a change. Although students with extenuating circumstances may drop below full-time for a given semester without changing tracks, they should recognize that this change may impact the time it will take to complete the program. Students in this track desiring to attend part time for more than one semester may be required to switch formally to the part-time track.|
|Part-time track:||Students who apply for advanced standing and the part-time track must be able to document coursework and practicum equivalencies equal to approximately 36 hours of coursework required in the Psy.D. Program at Marshall University. Students in the part-time track may enroll either full-time or part-time in any given semester with the exception of the Residency Year, described in the next section. During the Residency Year, full-time enrollment is required. Students in this track should anticipate completing the program in no less than 5 years and no more than 7 years from the date of enrollment. Enrollment in the part-time track requires that the student meet with their academic advisor and create a timeline for completion of the program within the 7 year limit.|
|Tuition information can be found by going to http://www.marshall.edu/bursar/tuition-payment/tuitionhousing-rates/ and looking at the Graduate Resident (WV) or Non-Resident rates for Psychology Doctoral Majors.
You can get more information about financial aid and options available for aid by contacting the Financial Aid Dept. or looking at their web site at http://www.marshall.edu/sfa/
|ALL of your application must be received by no later than December 1 for priority consideration.|