Admissions Requirements -
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
- Fall: December 15
Note: All application materials, including in progress transcripts, test scores, etc. must be submitted to the Admissions Office by December 15th to be considered for the program.
Interview Dates for Fall 2016 Admission:
- Friday, February 12
- Saturday, February 13
Psy.D. applicants must:
- Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. If your degree is in a different discipline, a minimum of 18 semester hours in psychology coursework is required. The following courses are recommended: Introduction to Psychology, Psychological Statistics/Research Methods, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Tests and Measurements, Social Psychology, and Physiological Psychology.
- Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework, or 3.5 GPA in all master's level coursework. Average undergrad GPA of admitted students: 3.57 (average for last 3 years).
Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application. The deadline for application files to be completed is December 15.
Note: You may begin this application and leave at any time. Your information will be saved and you can login again using the Login ID and PIN you create.
Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. Please note that application fees that have been paid prior to attending an online or on-campus information session cannot be refunded. RSVP Today!
Step 3: Personal Goal Statement
Submit a Personal Goals Statement demonstrating an interest in clinical psychology with a particular emphasis on practice. Please email to your admissions counselor at email@example.com using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.
Step 4: Resume or CV
Submit a résumé or curriculum vita. Please email to your admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.
Step 5: Official Transcript
Submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor's degree in a sealed envelope with an authorized signature across the flap of the envelope. Official transcripts may also be sent electronically, directly from the college or university, to email@example.com using the subject line:
SPC Doctoral Application Pieces. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
Registrar's Office, SC 218
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Step 6: GRE Scores
Submit official GRE scores. The GRE requirement cannot be waived. The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject test. The writing portion of the general test is used for placement purposes. A score of 3.5 or above will exempt admitted students from having to complete the University Writing Course. Average GRE of admitted students: 156 Verbal and 151 Quantitative (revised score scale). These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last 3 years.
*Historically, the Psy.D. program has admitted students with GRE scores ranging from 141-164 Quantitative and 150-170 Verbal using a number of academic, experiential and interpersonal factors to determine admissibility.
For more information about the GRE you can contact:
GRE: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541, 609-771-7670 / 866-473-4373, www.ets.org/gre/
Step 7: Writing Sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Click here for detailed instructions.
Step 8: Recommendation Letters
Submit three recommendations: Use the electronic Recommendation Form.
One recommendation must be from a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete with us. If it has been more than five years since your last schooling, a supervisor recommendation may be submitted in lieu of the faculty recommendation. You are welcome to submit more than one faculty recommendation but please consider selecting professors who can address different aspects of your academic abilities.
A clergy recommendation must also be submitted. This may come from a minister, priest or someone else who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and suitability for graduate study that will include a Christian integration. Please no family members as references.
The third recommendation may be a general reference or an additional faculty reference.
Please use the Recommendation Request Form to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.
These recommendations may not be completed by family members.
Step 9: Interview
Interviews for the Psy.D. program are by invitation only, after review of the completed application. Applicant information will be reviewed and those applicants moving to the next level of evaluation will be invited to participate in the interview process, which includes both a group interview and a personal interview with School of Psychology & Counseling faculty. The interview process occurs only on designated dates in the spring. Participation in this interview process is expected. Interviewed applicants will bear the expenses associated with travel to the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Interviews must be completed in person. Selected applicants will be assigned one of the interview dates. Additional details will be provided to those invited for an interview.
Applicants invited to the interview should keep in mind that an interview does not assure admission. The School of Psychology & Counseling reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether a candidate is suitable for admission to the Psy.D. program.
The Psy.D. program uses a "whole person" review philosophy in making admissions decisions. The faculty admissions committee examines all available aspects of the applicant including: Grade Point Average, quality of undergraduate school, last two years of GPA if different, GRE General test scores, letters of recommendation, previous leadership experience, interpersonal skills during on campus interview, knowledge of Clinical Psychology and Regent University demonstrated during on campus interview, ability to contribute to the program's goals, and matching clinical and research interest areas with the current faculty. No one area, either strength or weakness, is something that would cause an applicant to be admitted or denied. However, applicants should know that those with lower than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or 152 GRE-Verbal score or 144 GRE-Quantitative would be unlikely to be admitted into the program without some very unusual demonstration of abilities to compensate.
International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any further questions about the application process.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.