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Admission Requirements




Applications for the clinical doctoral (Psy.D.) program will be accepted between September 1, 2016 and December 5, 2016 for the Fall 2017 cohort.  Applications and application materials received after December 5th will not be considered for admission. Indiana State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, handicap, Veteran status, or age. The department actively recruits students from diverse backgrounds.

Admission into the Psy.D. program is competitive and enrollment is generally limited to 8-9 students per year. Applicants are selected for admission on the basis of GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate grades, letters of reference, personal statements, significant accomplishments, and a formal interview. Approximately 25% of applicants are invited for a formal, in-person interview in mid to late February. Decisions on admission and financial assistance usually are made by early March and offers must be accepted by April 15th.

Prerequisites for admission to the Psy.D. program are a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours in psychology at an accredited university or college. These 24 hours must include coursework in Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods or Experimental Psychology, and Statistics. In addition, it is preferred that students have taken course in learning or cognition and personality. .

Minimum criteria for consideration for admission into the Psy.D. program include an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a graduate GPA (if more than nine graduate credit hours in Psychology) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The Department requires all GRE scores from exams taken within the last five years. For admission into the program we prefer that applicants score above 150 on both the Verbal and Quantitative portions, and achieve a writing score of 4.0, or above.  Mean GRE and GPA data for the past several years is displayed below. The GRE advanced test in psychology is not required.  Official GRE scores must be received at ISU by the application deadline. It is suggested that applicants take the GRE by early November in order for test scores to be received on time.

An applicant should have the potential to become a professional psychologist, as documented by letters of reference. Recommendation letters will ideally come from psychology professors and/or mental health professionals familiar with your academic and/or professional and interpersonal competence, and who can speak competently to your ability to succeed in a doctoral program in clinical psychology. Letters from individuals who are familiar with doctoral training in psychology are strongly preferred. Additional letters of recommendation beyond these three may be submitted, but are not required. Applicants must have official transcripts from all institutions of higher education in which they have been enrolled sent to the ISU Admissions Office (Indiana State University Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809-1904)

On-site interviews are held on an invitation-only basis. Invitations are generally sent in late January or early February; the interviews are held in mid- to late-February. Although attendance at an on-site interview is not a requirement for admission into the Psy.D. program, it is our experience that those who interview on-site are much more likely to be offered admission into the program. When possible, we try to accommodate scheduling conflicts for those applicants who are invited to interview, but cannot come on one of our scheduled interview dates. Travel costs for all interviews are assumed by the applicant.

Students entering the program with previous graduate work should not assume automatic transfer of credit for graduate courses. After arrival, transfer credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Up to nine credit hours may be transferred for graduate credit in non-clinical core courses. To be eligible for transfer credit, the course must be judged to be comparable to a required ISU course and should have been taken within the past three years; the student should have earned with a grade of better than a B in the course and will be required to demonstrate the requisite skills associated with the course; this can usually be accomplished by a syllabus review and presentation of a portfolio of relevant coursework.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Kevin Bolinskey, Chair of the Psy.D. Admissions Committee,



Average GRE's and Grades for our Incoming Students
Incoming Class 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  
Verbal GRE 157.0 160.7 156.8 158.2 157.3  
Quantitative GRE 149.3 154.2 152.0 153.8 153.0  
Writing GRE 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.6 4.4  
Undergraduate GPA 3.66 3.51 3.72 3.45 3.84  



Applications and Admissions       
Incoming Class 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
# Applied 146 154 144 145 149
# Offers 10 12 12 10 11
# Enrolled 8 9 8 5 9
# Funded 8 9 8 5 9




Department of Psychology