Ph.D. School Psychology Admissions Procedures
Students are admitted into the Ph.D. Program once per year with an annual application deadline of January 15. An online University application, a Ph.D. School Psychology Program online application, a letter of interest, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation are all required. A curriculum vitae/resume is optional. Faculty members review all Ph.D. application materials and identify applicants who are judged to have a high likelihood of success in graduate studies, and have professional goals and interests that align with obtaining a doctoral degree in school psychology, the Ph.D. as a research-oriented degree, and the scientist-practitioner model of training. Successful applicants are invited to an on campus interview. Faculty members then consider all application materials and interview information to make admission offers. With an admissions offer, the student will then enroll in classes for the upcoming fall semester. The Program does not engage in "rolling admissions."
To be considered for admission, applicants must complete the following steps. By following this procedure, there will be no application fee.
1. Prepare a letter of interest to upload into the online application. A letter of intent describes educational, professional, research, and personal experiences that have resulted in an applicant's interests to pursue a career in school psychology, specifically pursue a Ph.D. in school psychology, and consider the Duquesne University Ph.D. School Psychology Program in particular. The letter of interest should also outline an applicant's career goals so that the faculty may judge the match between the applicant's goals and the stated goals and competencies of the Ph.D. Program. Applicants should be certain to cover his or her research experience and research interests as these are carefully evaluated by the Program faculty when reviewing applications for the Ph.D. program as it is in part a research-oriented degree.
2. If desired, prepare a curriculum vita/resume to upload into the online application. A curriculum vita/resume is optional.
3. Obtain official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and then scan each transcript separately to be uploaded into the online application.
4. GRE scores obtained within 5 years of the date of application are required and should be sent to Duquesne University. The online application will ask you to enter your Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing scores. The Program will verify the scores you insert.
5. Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants. Additionally, the English as a Second Language Program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in his/her degree program. The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission: TOEFL minimum of 80 (internet based) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test; IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.5 for Reading, 5.5 for Writing, 5.5 for Speaking, and 6.0 for Listening. Have these scores ready to insert into the online application.
6. The online application will ask the applicant to supply the names and email addresses of three persons who are willing to write a letter of reference. The online application process will then email each letter writer and ask them to upload a letter of reference regarding your application to the Program. Please inform your letter writers to expect an automated email.
7. When all of the above are ready, all applicants to the University must complete Duquesne University's online application first. This application requires you to input general background information.
8. Then, complete the Ph.D. School Psychology Program online application. This application is more detailed and requires you to upload the documents above.
Faculty members will review all completed applications and rate each according to the quality of submitted materials (letter of intent, transcripts, test scores and references) and match with the stated goals and competencies associated with the Ph.D. Program. Successful applicants will then be selected for an on-campus interview. Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of an interview invitation, as well as the time and place of the interview. Although an on-campus interview is strongly preferred, if an applicant is unable to attend an on-campus interview, a videoconference interview will be arranged. After final admissions decisions have been made, letters of acceptance, rejection, or wait list status will be emailed and then air/ground mailed to all of the applicants. Final decisions are made after April 15 of each year.
Change of Degree Programs
If a student would like to change degree sequences, the student must complete a new application and follow all application guidelines for the desired degree program. It is not permissible for students simply to elect to change or migrate between School Psychology Program degree sequences without making a formal application. In the case where a current student is accepted into a new degree program, the student's program of study will be reviewed with the student's advisor to ensure that the future course of study will meet the requirements of the new degree sequence.