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 application deadline for the PsyD program is January 9th. That means that everything must be received by January 9th. Any application materials received after January 9th will not be considered.
To be accepted into the program, the following documentation is required:
- 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).
- Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required and 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.
- The Application for Admission (completed online).
- 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 asks them to complete and upload their letter of recommendation. You should arrange for your recommenders in advance of beginning your application.
- 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). (uploaded with the application).
- A current Curriculum Vitae or resume (uploaded with the application).
- Foreign students must present an acceptable TOEFL score and all international academic credentials must be reviewed by World Education Services (wes.org).
- A personal interview will be required for all finalists.
The Application for Admission may be completed online by clicking here. Personal Statements and CVs/resumes must be uploaded when completing the application. It is best to have these documents and the email contact information for your three recommenders ready when you begin your application.
Documents that are not uploaded, such as transcripts and test scores should be sent directly from the institution or testing service to:
La Salle University
Office of Graduate Admission – Box 826
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Students who have completed graduate work in psychology or a closely related discipline, may have up to 18 credits of foundations course-work transferred. Courses that can be considered for transfer are: Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Measurement and Statistical Analysis and Research Methodology. Credit may be awarded for previous course-work in these areas that meet the Program’s equivalency criteria with regard to course content and competency level. Students must submit written request for transfer prior to beginning class in level I and include syllabi and any other supporting documentation. Faculty will evaluate the syllabi/documentation submitted and will recommend transfer be offered if the previous course overlaps with the La Salle University course syllabus by 80%. Decisions in this regard will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Effective January 1, 2007 all APA accredited programs must disclose education/ training outcomes and information allowing for informed decision making to prospective doctoral students.