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Admission Process

Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • An undergraduate degree grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).*
    -or-
  • A graduate GPA of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0).*
  • English Language Proficiency: A preapproved English Language Proficiency Test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction. To meet Augsburg University admission requirements, applicants must provide evidence of a sufficient command of both written and spoken English to study college courses conducted entirely in English. The following is a list of the tests and programs Augsburg University accepts as evidence for English proficiency.
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) with a sub score of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections.
    • IELTS: Minimum score of score report of 6.5.
    • MELAB: Minimum score of 80, and score report must be accompanied by an official letter from the testing coordinator.
  • Successful completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, English-speaking Canada, New Zealand or Australia.
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

*On rare occasions, an applicant with a grade point average lower than the stated admission requirements may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of interest, ability, and aptitude for doctoral study in clinical psychology. All admission exceptions must be documented, recommended by the program admissions committee, and approved by the program chair.


Application process

All PsyD applicants must complete and submit an admission application through PsyCas.

  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.  Your personal statement should be 2-3 pages. While what you address in this paper can take a variety of forms, the MSPP faculty have found that the strongest personal statements contain the following:
    • strengths & weaknesses, which ideally includes personal qualities that will contribute to your success in clinical psychology & qualities that will require development
    • how you came to the decision to become a clinical psychologist
    • your short and long term professional goals as related to being a clinical psychologist
    • why you believe MSPP is the best choice to meet your goals
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Optional Admission Material: Applicants may submit their scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

After applicants have completed their applications, they will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine an invitation to interview.  Applicants will be notified of their Interview Day by the Admissions Counselor.

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Pending Undergraduate or Graduate Degrees

Our faculty are willing to review the files of applicants whose degrees are pending provided there is only one semester or two semesters pending at the time of application.  Make sure your most recent term is posted to your transcript prior to submitting through PsyCas.


Foundation Courses

Augsburg University requires applicants to successfully complete, with a “C” or better, five undergraduate courses that serve as a basic foundation for course work in clinical psychology. Several of these courses serve as direct prerequisites to the PsyD courses. The following three courses are required:

  • *Introduction to psychology or general psychology
  • Abnormal, psychopathology, or maladaptive behavior
  • Statistics or research methods
  • Two additional courses in field of psychology must also be completed.
  • Students must complete foundation courses before they matriculate in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program

* This course may be waived if the applicant has completed a Bachelors or Master degree in Psychology.