- 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).*
- A graduate GPA of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0).*
- 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.
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 faculty have found that the strongest personal statements contain the following:
- 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 Augsburg is the best choice to meet your goals
- strengths & weaknesses, which ideally includes personal qualities that will contribute to your success in clinical psychology & qualities that will require development
- Current résumé (or career summary)
- Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. See below regarding international transcripts.
- 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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International Transcript Evaluations
Augsburg requires an evaluation of credentials for any transcript(s) from an institution outside of the United States.
This evaluation should include the following:
- Analysis of credentials to determine if your degree is equivalent to an accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
- Course by course evaluation to show your complete course listing with credit values and grades received for each course.
- Calculation of grade point average to demonstrate your cumulative grade point average using the standard U.S. grading system, i.e., A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0.
- Translation to English (if applicable)
Evaluations can be accepted from World Education Services, SpanTran Pathways – Augsburg University, Educational Credential Evaluators, or any NACES accredited organization. Learn more about NACES and find a list of accredited evaluators at NACES.org
Pending Undergraduate or Graduate Degrees
Our faculty are willing to review the files of applicants whose degrees are pending provided there is only one 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.
Augsburg University requires applicants to successfully complete, with a “B-” or better, five undergraduate or graduate 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 the 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.
*On rare occasions, an applicant with a grade(s) lower than the stated foundation course 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.