Consideration for admission to the doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) programs requires a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably
with a major in psychology; an excellent scholastic average; scores from the
Graduate Record Examination general test and the psychology subject test; favorable
recommendations from at least three faculty persons who know the academic and
personal qualifications of the applicant; and appropriate statements from the
applicant on the application form. Requests for admission interviews are
too numerous to honor. However, the admissions committee may invite applicants
for an interview after the initial screening of written applications. Efforts
are made to send notifications of decisions to all applicants by March.
Students entering the programs at the Graduate School
of Applied and Professional Psychology need not have majored in psychology.
However, they are generally expected to have taken the main courses for an
undergraduate major in the field. Prior to entering the program, students must
have taken courses covering the following areas: introductory psychology;
statistics; abnormal psychology; and the biological bases of psychology.
Students also should have taken at least one and preferably two courses in the
following areas: cognitive psychology; psychology of perception, conditioning,
and learning; developmental psychology; psychology of personality; and social
psychology. We prefer that one of the above listed courses have a laboratory
component. All programs welcome applications from Rutgers students who are
properly prepared with good academic records and references.