The program is seeking applicants who have the academic, personal and professional qualifications that would make them outstanding prospects toward becoming ethically sensitive, well-informed, and highly competent practitioners. They should possess high academic aptitude and a demonstrable pattern of interest and personal qualifications that would enable them to function effectively in working with problems of individuals, families, and social systems. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and excellent undergraduate credentials or a master’s degree in psychology or a related mental-health discipline will be given full consideration. The deadline for the completed Psy.D. application, and all required supporting documents, is January 8. Any application materials received after January 8 will not be considered.
To be accepted for admission to the program, a candidate must:
- Complete the Application for Admission which may be accessed at http://lasalle.edu/grad. It is recommended that the application be submitted before arranging to have transcripts and test scores mailed to La Salle University.
- Provide evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a major in psychology or a related discipline. Those entering with a B.A. must have a grade-point-average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; those with an M.A., a 3.2. The record should show the completion of 15 hours in psychology with particular reference to General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Statistics, Methodology and Tests and Measurements (Students lacking these required courses will be required to complete them prior to matriculation).
- Provide official transcripts from the institutions of higher education showing all undergraduate and previous graduate study.
- Provide acceptable scores on the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These are used in combination with grades and professional experience to inform admission decisions. Minimum scores of 148 on both the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE are strongly recommended. Our Institution Code is R2363. For more information please go to www.gre.org.
- Foreign students must present an acceptable TOEFL score and all international academic credentials must be reviewed by World Education Services (wes.org).
- Provide three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors familiar with the academic/professional and personal qualifications of the applicant. Letters of recommendation from on-line services are not acceptable. When you are completing the online application, you will be sending an email request to your recommenders that will ask them to complete and upload their letter of recommendation. You should arrange for your recommenders in advance of beginning your application.
- Provide a current Curriculum Vitae or résumé (this will be uploaded with the application).
- Provide a personal statement (double-spaced, not to exceed two pages) that describes all of the following: why you want to pursue a Psy.D.; why La Salle’s program is a good fit with your career goals (mention specific faculty expertise if applicable); your experience working with clinical populations; your experience conducting research; and your interest in and experience working with the community and disadvantaged populations (can include but is not limited to low SES, rural populations, ethnic/racial minorities, LGBT populations, immigrant families, individuals with disabilities or chronic illness, service learning). (this will be uploaded with the application).
- Attend a personal interview required for all finalists.
Please refer to the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy in the General Reference section of this catalog. Admission is based solely upon applicant’s qualifications.
The Application for Admission may be completed online. Personal statements and CVs/resumes must be uploaded when completing the application. It is best to have these documents and the e-mail contact information for your three recommenders ready when you begin your application. It is recommended that the application be submitted before arranging to have transcripts and test scores mailed to La Salle University.
Documents that are not uploaded, such as transcripts and test scores should be sent directly from the institution or testing service to the following address:
Office of Graduate Enrollment
La Salle University- Box 826
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215.951.1100/ Fax 215.951.1462