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Application Requirements

Students may only start the program during the fall semester of each academic year. All applications are due to the School Psychology Program by January 15. Clearly indicate the program for which you are applying in your letter of intent and application form. You may apply for the Ph.D. program alone, the Psy.D. program alone, or the CAGS program alone. You may also indicate interest in all, or any combination of the programs. If you are interested in all programs, you will first be considered for the Ph.D. program, then the Psy.D. program, and finally the CAGS program. If you are interested in the Psy.D. and CAGS programs, you will first be considered for the Psy.D. program and then the CAGS program.

Admission Criteria

1. All application materials must be submitted to:

Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education
Attn: Audrey Czwalga
School Psychology Program
G3 Canevin Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

All materials must be postmarked by the deadline of January 15. The application materials do not necessarily have to be submitted at the same time, but all must be submitted by January 15.

2. Complete the School of Education Online Application (link on left). Online Application Instructions (pdf).

3. Submit a School Psychology Program application (pdf), which can also be obtained from the Program office in G3 Canevin Hall.  There is no application fee if you inquire and initially register on the School of Education website. Otherwise, a $50.00 nonrefundable service fee must accompany this application.  Please make checks payable to Duquesne University. If you are currently enrolled at Duquesne University an application fee is waived.

4. All students must submit a letter of intent to apply for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, PsyD, and  PhD. programs. A letter of intent describes experiences that will prepare you to to be a school psychologist, what you plan to learn in the program, and what your professional plans are following graduation.

5. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be obtained from your university's registrars office. For Duquesne students the registrar's office is located in the Ground Floor of the Administration Building. The telephone number is (412) 396-6212. There is no fee for Duquesne transcripts.

6. Each student must submit three letters of reference that focus on personal, professional and/or academic qualifications are required. There is no specific form to use for the letter of recommendation.

7. All students must take the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Information and registration materials for the GRE test can be obtained through GRE or by calling 1(800) GRE-CALL. Computer based tests are given year round and are available on a first come first serve basis by calling 1 (800) GRE-CALL. The cost of the GRE test is $99.00 and acceptable forms of payment are: check made payable to ETS-GRE, credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express), money order, and US Travelers Check. Test sites are available by calling 1(800) GRE-CALL or on the GRE web-site. There are 2 testing sites available in the Pittsburgh area:

University of Pittsburgh
Fifth Ave. & Bigelow Ave.
G35 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Prometric Testing Center
5700 Corporate Drive Ct.
Pittsburgh Office/Research Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

8. Members of the school psychology faculty will rank students according to the quality of submitted materials (transcripts, test scores, letter of intent, and references).

9. After a final decision has been made letters of acceptance, wait list, or rejection will be mailed to all of the applicants. The student should receive their notification letter in the mail by April 15.

10. Upon acceptance into the Certificate or Doctoral Program you must complete the following 3 forms before you may register for classes. Results should be submitted to the program assistant and then included in your student file. Make copies of the results forms so you may show them to school districts as needed.

The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form can be obtained at the following locations:

  • School Psychology Office - G3 Canevin Hall
  • Download from: Department of Public Welfare (website)
  • Call to request a form (717)783-6211

The form must be completed and enclosed with a $10.00 money order ONLY payable to the Department of Public Welfare and mailed to:

Childline and Abuse Registry
Department of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170

The Request for Criminal Record Check Form can be obtained at the following locations:

The form must be completed and enclosed with a $10.00 Certified Check or Money Order ONLY made payable to Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository-164 and mailed to:

PA State Police Central Repository-164
1800 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

The Request for FBI Clearance can be obtained at the following location:

This fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process. The applicant must register online and pay a $40 fee using a credit or debit card prior to going to the fingerprint site. The applicant must bring to the fingerprint site the printed Registration form and a photo I.D. Telephone registration is available at 1-888-439-2486.

Transfer Students

Consistent with university policy, a maximum of 12 graduate level credit hours may be transferred from other accredited institutions. In addition, transfer credits will be allowed only for courses that closely match existing school psychology program requirements, and courses must be taken no more than five years prior to the date they are transferred. The academic advisor will initially approve the acceptance of transferred courses in the original registration meeting, but it remains the student’s responsibility to produce evidence (i.e., assessment reports, course syllabi, etc). Final approval will be granted by the course instructor. This applies to all core School Psychology courses. As exceptions, Statistics and Research Methods may be approved by the faculty advisor. Appeals may be made to the Committee on Student Standing in instances of dispute.

Residency Requirement

The Ph.D. requires five years of full time study, the Psy.D. program requires four years of full time study, and the CAGS program required three years of full time study. Once admitted to the program, it is expected that all students will be enrolled continuously. Students must complete their internship the year immediately following the conclusion of coursework or dissertation. This residency requirement allows students the opportunity to interact with faculty and other graduate students, and to become familiar with university resources. All program requirements (including dissertation) must be completed within the following specified timelines: Ph.D. within 8 years, Psy.D. within 8 years, CAGS within 7 years, and M.S.Ed within 5 years.