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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 or practical experiences: one a laboratory or research-related paper written in formal, academic, or scientific language (usually in APA style). For example, a research proposal, thesis, literature review, experiment results write-up, redacted/de-identified psychological report. The second is a term paper (from any undergraduate course and can be written in a non-scientific style)
  • Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals
  • Submit acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (general) that were taken within 5 years of the application deadline. Advanced standing applicants may submit a passing score on the PRAXIS exam in lieu of GRE scores.
  • 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. All students who enrolled in the MS program during the 2018-2019 academic year (and beyond), can apply for the Advanced Standing program during their 3rd year in the MS program.  
  • 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 has been updated to February 1, 2023 (Fall 2023 admission 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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