Entrance Options and Prerequisites

Students with a bachelor’s or master’s in psychology or a closely related field are welcome to apply for entrance into the Psy.D. program without any further prerequisite course fulfillment. Students who have a bachelor's or master's unrelated to the field of psychology will be required to take the following undergraduate courses before commencing the Psy.D. program:

  • Introduction to Psychology (general psychology course)
  • Human Growth and Development (developmental psychology course that covers the lifespan)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Statistics

Admissions Standards

Applicants to the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program must meet department and university criteria for admission. Admission to the university is the first step in the process, but it does not guarantee admission to the program.

One cohort of students is admitted annually, with course work beginning in September. Students are not permitted to begin midyear.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 15. Students who apply prior to this date will be given priority consideration for admission.

Admission Directly from a Bachelor’s Degree or with a Master’s Degree

International students have a separate application procedure. Please contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or email IC. (See admission requirements for international applicants below.)

Applicants must:

  1. A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  2. Submit a nonrefundable $45 application fee.
  3. Provide one copy of official transcripts of all previous collegiate course work. (To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to APU from the registrar's office of each institution attended.)
  4. Possess a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants in the final year of their bachelor’s degree must be currently at the GPA specified and their final transcript with degree posted must demonstrate maintenance of the GPA specified or admission may be revoked. A second option is that applicants possess a master’s degree in a field other than psychology from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants in the final year of their master’s degree must be currently at the GPA specified and their final transcript with degree posted must demonstrate maintenance of the GPA specified or admission may be revoked.
  5. Submit three academic references (PDF).
  6. Submit a curriculum vita (résumé).
  7. Submit a written essay (PDF) covering the following areas:
    • What interests you in the field of psychology?
    • Why have you chosen to pursue a Psy.D. at this point in your life?
    • Why are you applying to the APU Psy.D. program?
    • What special skills or abilities do you bring to the Psy.D. program?
    • What experiences (volunteer, paid, practicum) have you had that prepare you for a clinical psychology program?
    • What personal or professional strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the program that will affect your performance as a psychologist?
    • What roles and functions do you anticipate fulfilling when you complete the Psy.D.?
  8. Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing Assessment) taken within the last five years. If the GRE was taken prior to inclusion of the Writing Assessment, the applicant must take the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the new exam. Scores on the GRE will be used as one consideration of the application. Verbal and writing ability are especially important to success in the Psy.D. Information on the administration of these tests is available from the Department of Graduate Psychology.
  9. Submit a TOEFL score (minimum 600) if English is not the primary language. International applicants are also encouraged to submit Test of Written English (TWE) and Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores. Since written and verbal English skills are crucial to the education, training, and practice of psychology, further testing for spoken and written English will be required for all international students upon entrance to the program or as deemed necessary at any point in the program. The student must meet standards appropriate to doctoral-level study or he/she will be required to participate in concurrent speaking and/or writing classes in the School of Intensive English until the required language skills are acquired. Students who do not meet this standard are subject to dismissal from the program.
  10. Upon notification of admission, applicants must confirm intent to attend in writing to the department by April 15. Admission is for the next academic year only and may not be deferred. Applicants who do not confirm acceptance of admission or who do not enroll when accepted, must reapply to be considered for future admission, but future admission is not guaranteed.

Applicant finalists will be invited to an interview that will provide an opportunity for them to present their qualifications for admission, and for faculty evaluation of student skills.

An interview does not ensure admission. The Department of Graduate Psychology reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion, whether a candidate is suitable for admission to the Psy.D. program.

International applicants who are finalists will be interviewed by telephone by one or more members of the admissions committee.

Once an applicant has been accepted into the program and has confirmed intent to attend, a nonrefundable prematriculation admission deposit of $500 is required to hold the slot in the Psy.D. program. The payment is due April 30, 2014 (or 15 days from the receipt of the acceptance letter if the letter is dated after April 15, 2014). If payment is not received by this date, the application will be cancelled. The deposit will be applied toward tuition upon registration of courses and attendance at orientation.

Transfer Credit

The Psy.D. program requires 133 semester units, as well as completion of clinical training and a clinical dissertation. Applicants to the Psy.D. program may have an existing master's degree in psychology or a closely related discipline. These degrees will be evaluated, and some courses may be transferred in to count toward the Psy.D.

Psy.D. Teaching and Research Assistantships

Funds are allocated to provide four Teaching-Research Assistantships (TRAs) each academic year per cohort for a total of 16 positions throughout the program. TRAs receive 25 percent tuition remission plus an annual stipend of $3,125. TRAs must provide 8 hours of service per week in the Department of Clinical Psychology from September through June of each academic year.

Preference is given to applicants who evidence strong academic credentials (high GPA and GRE scores, in particular), financial need, and cultural knowledge and language skills that facilitate the provision of psychological services in an underserved community and commitment to provide psychological services in an underserved community following graduation. Applications for the assistantships and criteria for evaluation of applications are available in the Department of Clinical Psychology.

Residency Requirement

Residence comprises all courses for academic credit offered by this university regardless of program modality or delivery model. The minimum residence requirement of all graduate programs is 80 percent of course requirements. Variances exist for specific programs; please refer to program requirements for department policies.

Computer Access Required

Students are required to own or have ready access to a computer during their tenure in the Psy.D. program. The university offers a computer purchase program that enables students to obtain computers and software at reduced rates. Current hardware standards that allow access to the university online system are available from the Department of Clinical Psychology. Online access is crucial for students, since an email account and the ability to access PsycINFO, the APA database, are required for all Psy.D. students.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.

International applicants must:

  • Meet all standard admission requirements above
    International applicants must fulfill the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above in addition to meeting the following criteria.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English
    Applicants should refer to APU’s English Proficiency Requirements to learn more.

International applicants must also submit:

  • An International Graduate Application
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
    Note: This application should be used instead of the domestic graduate application.
  • A $65 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
    Note: This fee is submitted in place of the $45 nonrefundable application fee for domestic applicants.
  • Official transcripts
    Request that official transcripts be sent to APU's International Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Read more about APU's international applicant transcript policy.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
    Request that official TOEFL/IELTS test scores be sent directly to APU. Any other forms of proof indicated in the university's English Proficiency Requirements must be submitted directly to the International Center. Applicants applying for conditional admission through ALCI must submit an American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) Application (PDF). For more information, read our English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate and Doctoral Programs.
  • An affidavit of financial support and a bank statement
    International applicants must provide an affidavit of support and a bank statement proving financial ability to pay for educational costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • A copy of a valid passport.
  • A résumé showing work experience
    International applicants must submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates recent work experience.
  • Three recommendations
    Two from academic and/or professional sources, and one from a personal source (no family members). All recommendations must use the APU Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF).

Submit all materials to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant's file. The applicant is then notified of the committee's decision.

Acceptance of Admission and Registration

Upon notification of admission, applicants have 30 days to confirm intent to attend in writing to the department. Admission is for the next academic year only and may not be deferred. Applicants who do not confirm acceptance of admission within 30 days or do not enroll in the academic year for which they were accepted and who desire future admission must send a written request to the department prior to the deadline for preferred applications. The request must indicate the term for which the student is requesting admission. International students must send a copy of this request to the International Center. Future admission is not guaranteed.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.