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Frequently Asked Questions


 1.   My SAT’s were taken a long time ago, do I really need to submit them?

Yes, official score reports for all standardized test scores are required, regardless of how long ago they were taken.  Contact your high school to see if they still have your official scores.  If not, you will have to contact the College Board.  The College Board is able to send scores electronically directly to Duquesne University.  If you have them sent electronically, be sure to note that both on your on-line application and in your supplemental packet.  The Duquesne University code is 2196. Scores that have been archived could take longer so be sure to plan ahead and leave ample time to request them.  The PB-PMHPP is not responsible for deadlines being missed due to the time it takes for scores to arrive. 

2.  I took classes at several universities.  Do you need every transcript?

Yes, the PB-PMHPP needs transcripts for every college level course you have taken, including study abroad courses and/or college in high school course work.  The transcripts must be official, and arrive in a sealed envelope as part of your supplemental packet. 

3.  What are your requirements?

The PB-PMHPP requirements are listed here or on the instruction sheet for the application.  Please pay close attention to the deadline.  We highly recommend not waiting until the last minute to apply.   Once your file is reviewed, you will be notified whether or not you have been selected to interview.  If you are selected, you will have a one-on-one interview with the Admissions Committee, who will evaluate you on your passion and knowledge for your intended area of interest and specific fit for our program.  They will also discuss your tentative curriculum, master's options, and approximate cost for you, if accepted. This is a competive interview process. 

4.   What are my chances of being accepted?

Each completed file is individually reviewed.  We are not able to tell you over the phone or in an email what your chances are of getting into the program, so please do not ask.  The program is quite competitive, and early application is best.

5.   What classes will I take?

Each student’s curriculum is individually based upon the classes that were taken as an undergraduate.  If selected to interview, your curriculum options will be discussed at that time to give you a general idea of your classes, if accepted.  Please see the curriculum page for more information.

6.   How long is the program?

Typically, for a career changer pathway applicant, it is two years and most likely will include a summer term.  For the enhancement pathway, it is typically one year.  It will depend on the classes needed by the individual student.  Career changer applicants are encouraged to apply by February 1st if they would like the option to start in the summer of the year of application.

7.  Is there financial aid available?

Financial aid is available in the form of loans.  No scholarships or grants are available.  Students should work closely with the university financial aid office to determine their eligibility.

8.  Do you offer MCAT prep?

The PB-PMHPP does not have specific MCAT prep classes in the program.  We feel that our science classes help to prepare you for your exam.  Students can opt to take an MCAT prep class from an outside agency.  Numerous options are available in the downtown area, including classes held on Duquesne's campus.

9.   Where do students typically live?

Students do have the option of living in the Living and Learning Centers, if space is available.  The student should contact Residence Life directly to inquire about this.  Most students choose to live off campus in the surrounding areas,  such as South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, and Mount Washington.

10.  I took science classes 10 years ago.  Do I have to retake them?

Yes, any course over 6 years should be repeated. 

11.  Is the MCAT or GRE required to apply?

No, these are not required, nor is it encouraged you take them before applying to the program. However, if you took them for a previous medical or professional school application, you are required to submit them as part of yoru application.

12.  Do I have to wait to graduate from my undergraduate university to apply?

No, you can apply with your current transcripts.  If accepted, you will be required to submit your final official transcript.

13.  Can any undergraduate major apply?

Yes, any undergraduate major can apply to the PB-PMHPP.

14.  Is there an application fee?

No, there is no fee to submit an application.