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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2014–2016 Admission General Qualifications for Admission Psy.D. Student Selection  

Psy.D. Student Selection

Consideration for admission to Psy.D. programs requires a bachelor's or master's degree, preferably with a major in psychology; an excellent scholastic average; scores from both 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. Notifications of decisions are sent to all applicants on or about April 1.

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.

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