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Applicants must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree
  • Satisfy the department that his or her undergraduate preparation indicates a high potential for successful advanced study in psychology
  • Submit transcripts of undergraduate and any prior graduate work
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a laboratory course
  • Submit three to five letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the matter of the applicant's research potential
  • Submit two papers from psychology courses: one a laboratory paper and one a term paper
  • Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals
  • Submit acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (general)
  • Complete an interview process with the departmental admissions committee
  • Students currently matriculated for a master's degree at St. John's University who are interested in the University's doctoral programs must follow the procedure outlined for new applicants.
  • Students who have a Masters in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can apply for advanced standing status. 
  • The application deadline for the School Psychology Psy.D. Program is December 31 (Fall only).

Students accepted for admission to a doctoral program with any course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies prior to matriculation.

Advanced Standing applicants, please note:

The Advanced Standing program is highly competitive and is for students who have already earned their master’s degree in school psychology. Only one or two students are admitted into this program per year, and in some years no students are admitted. Applicants may choose to apply to the full Psy.D. general track, 105-credit program.

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