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At the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), we support a high-achieving, diverse, creative student body who will use the skills and knowledge they gain here to improve their communities and the world as a whole. A crucial element of that is welcoming the wide range of perspectives, voices and ideas necessary to strengthen our intellectual community.

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An Exemplary Student Experience

As part of our strategic plan Innovation & Impact: Psychology Applied to a Complex World, we have outlined six objectives which will broaden our reach and increase our value to our community, while also further enriching the education we provide. Our first strategic objective is to deliver an exemplary student experience. With this goal in mind we will keep the student experience at the leading edge by constantly refreshing it with insights from the job market, community needs, and our applied-research ecosystem. We have two priority student-focused objectives, which are to improve affordability and to attract more students from under-represented populations. 

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Our programs include a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and four specialized master's degrees, one of which is fully online. Take a look at our offerings to determine the direction of your studies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the application deadlines?

    Application deadlines for fall 2020 consideration:
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    The PsyD, MAFP, MAIDP and MASPP programs only admit for the fall term of each year.

    PsyD program:
    December 4, 2020

    MAFP, MAIDP and MASPP programs:
    January 4, 2021

    Online Application - Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a complete application as soon as possible. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all application materials are received by the Graduate School's Admissions Office by the final deadline.

    *International applicants should submit application materials one month prior to the final application deadline, as the international student office will need time to process and evaluate documents.

    Contact Admissions with questions: gsppinfo@du.edu

  • How long do the programs take to complete?

    PsyD

    The PsyD program is designed to be completed within four to five calendar years. PsyD students attend full-time all four quarters of the year: fall, winter, spring and summer. Academic work is typically completed within the first three years of the program. Students usually begin full-year internships during the 4th or 5th year of the program.

    MA

    Our MA programs are designed to be completed in two calendar years.

    • The MA in forensic psychology program consists of fall, winter and spring quarters during the first and second years of enrollment.
    • The MA in international disaster psychology program consists of fall, winter, spring and summer (with international field experience during the summer) quarters the first year, and fall, winter and spring quarters the second year.
    • The MA sport and performance psychology program consists of fall, winter and spring quarters the first year and second years.

     

  • I have a graduate degree already. Do I need to take the general GRE exam?

    GSPP applicants, excluding applicants to the MA-Sport Coaching (online) program, are required to submit official general GRE exam scores. The GRE psychology subject test is optional for all applicants. GSPP will accept official GRE scores up to five years old sent directly from ETS. To schedule a test call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit www.gre.org. To have your official scores sent to GSPP, use school code 4842 and department code 2001.

  • I have a graduate degree already. Am I eligible to receive transfer credit?

    PsyD applicants who have an MA degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an accredited school may be eligible to receive up to 45 transfer credits toward the PsyD program. Applicants with graduate credit in psychology or a related field from an accredited school without a degree may be eligible to receive up to 15 transfer credits toward the PsyD program. If you are invited to an application interview, we will be happy to discuss your transfer credit options at that time.

    NOTE: No clinical field experience or practicum hours are eligible for transfer credit. Transfer credit is for academic classes only.

  • I haven't taken all of the required application prerequisite courses. What do I do?

    This response applies to the PsyD, MA-Forensic Psychology and MA-International Disaster Psychology programs.

    If you have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in psychology, you have met the four psychology course prerequisite. If you have a BA degree with a major OR minor in psychology, you have met the four psychology course requirement.

    If you do not have a degree in psychology, you will need to complete four psychology courses prior to enrolling IF you are offered admission. You may indicate coursework is in progress on your application, but the courses must be completed by the time you enroll. Please indicate your plan to complete the course prerequisites in your application.

    We recommend you take at least four of these five courses to provide you a solid foundation: abnormal psychology, child development, personality theory, statistics, experimental psychology.

    Appropriate classes should be taken at a regionally accredited institution where a 'B' or better is earned.

    You may also meet this prerequisite by taking the optional GRE psychology subject test and attaining a score of 660 or higher.*

    *Please note this test is only offered three times per year. Please plan to take the exam prior to applying to our program.

     

  • Is an application interview required?

    Yes. An in-person application interview is required in Denver for all invited applicants to the PsyD, MA-International Disaster Psychology and MA-Forensic Psychology programs. The MA-Sport and Performance Psychology program interviews will be conducted via Skype.

     

  • What is the status of my application? When will I know if I'm invited to interview?

    Due to significant concerns about applicant privacy, we do not give ANY application information over the telephone. When an application is received in the GSPP Admissions Office, a status email is sent to the applicant. Followup status emails are sent as necessary.

    To view outstanding documents (i.e. letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) and admission decisions, please check your Application Status Page by logging in with your email address and password.

    After reviewing your application and all supplemental documents, the department will invite qualified applicants to participate in an academic interview. If selected, you will be notified via email.*

    *Please ensure that the email address you provided within your application is one that you check frequently.

    Interviews are typically held the last weekend in February and/or the first weekend in March in Denver. If an applicant is invited to interview, the applicant will be contacted via email to schedule that interview. Invitations are extended as applications are reviewed. GSPP makes every effort to allow adequate time for travel planning.

     

  • When can I set up my application interview?

    Those applicants deemed appropriate will be invited to interview in person, here in Denver. Invitations will be made via email. Interviews will be held toward the end of February and the beginning of March. In-person interviews in Denver are REQUIRED for those invited applicants for the PsyD, MA-Forensic Psychology and MA-International Disaster Psychology programs.

  • I completed the online application. Is there anything else I need to do?

    Yes. Make sure you have completed ALL the requirements for the application. Please check your Application Status Page by logging into your online application with your email address and password.

    Be sure to take careful note of the essay questions. We ask specific questions to which applicants must respond. We do not accept a statement of purpose in lieu of these essay responses.

  • When will final decisions be made?

    We strive to make final offers of admission by the middle of March. All admissions decisions for fall 2020 consideration will be made by April 1, 2020. Admitted applicants have until April 15, 2020 to inform us of their admission decision and to submit the non-refundable $500 admission deposit to confirm their place in the program. The $500 admission deposit will be credited towards the student's first quarter's tuition.

  • How can I reapply to GSPP?

    If you were not offered admission to GSPP but would like to reapply, please contact an admissions counselor for assistance. If you are reapplying within a year of your last application, we may be able to use parts of that application. We are happy to assist you in reapplying!

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Julie Schellman

Director of Admissions