Requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying to one of our exceptional graduate programs. Below you will find a list of requirements for each program as well as application deadlines and details. 

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Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

The application deadline for Fall 2021 is December 4, 2020. 

The online application for Fall 2021 consideration will be available in mid-August. In order to be considered for admission, you must submit the following: 

  • Online Application

    You can start your online application by clicking here.

  • Essay Responses
    • Please respond to both essay prompts below and upload to your online application. The word limit for both essays combined is 1,500 words. Please upload one document including both essay responses to your online application and number each essay response. 
    • We do not require a personal statement.
       

    Essay 1

    Describe someone you know, other than a parent or guardian, about whom you have strong ambivalent or conflicting feelings. Describe the person in such a way that they “come alive” for the reader. How do you understand your reactions to this person? How might your personal history influence how you react?

    Essay 2

    What life experiences and personal motives have most influenced your decision to pursue graduate study in psychology?
    *This question is about your personal motives and requires a degree of self-disclosure.
    *Avoid writing about the wish to help others or about how you want to contribute to society.
    *There is no need to list your credentials or professional experience (this is already on your CV/resume which will be read).

  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters are required; three letters are strongly encouraged.
    • It is helpful to have one letter speak to your academic abilities.
       

    Here's how the process works:

    1. You will submit the names and email addresses of your references through the online application.
    2. An email requesting a letter of recommendation will be sent to your references upon entering their contact information. Your references will be required to submit their recommendations online.
    3. Please be sure to provide current contact information to avoid any delays in processing your application.
  • Transcripts

    One (1) transcript from each college/university where at least one credit has been earned, should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This can be an unofficial copy; however, if admitted you must submit an official copy from each college/university by the 6th week of your first quarter.

  • GRE Scores
    • The General GRE test is required of ALL applicants. Please note: the GRE Psychology Subject test is not required. To have official scores sent to DU, please use School Code 4842, and (if asked) Department Code 2001.
    • The GRE test must have been taken within five years of application date.
    • GSPP does not have GRE cut-off scores; we look for baseline scores near the 50th percentile or higher.
  • GPA Requirements
    • Applicants for graduate study at the University of Denver must meet a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission. For applicants with an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, the GPA from the graduate degree may be used to meet the GPA requirement.
    • GSPP looks for an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and, if applicable, a graduate GPA of at least a 3.0.
    • GSPP reviews each application in its entirety to determine all assets an applicant brings to the program. Please be sure to highlight your strengths if your GRE scores/GPA are lower than our baseline scores.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita (CV)

    Please detail all relevant experiences in your resume/CV. (Having paid or volunteer experience providing services to clients having emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders is an asset.)

  • Prerequisites

    ​​​​​​*This requirement is for applicants without a Bachelor's (major or minor) in psychology, or applicants without an MA/MS in clinical or counseling psychology.

    • The psychology prerequisite can be met through coursework or by obtaining a score of at least 660 on the psychology subject GRE exam. 
    • For applicants WITHOUT a psychology background, you are required to complete four (4) psychology courses from a regionally accredited institution, earning a 'B' or better in these classes. Applicants offered admission should be aware that all psychology classes must be completed before registration in September. Applicants should detail how they plan to meet this prerequisite somewhere in their application.
    • We recommend the following foundation courses: 
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Child Psychology
      • Experimental Psychology (requires the student to complete the content portion of an experimental psychology class [e.g., learning, perception, cognition, motivation, physiology, and to perform one or more direct experiments using the scientific method applied to some empirical question. This second requirement is often met by taking an experimental lab associated with the course.)
      • Personality Theory
      • Statistics
  • International Students
    • Additional documentation is required by the International Student Office.
    • Please see below for additional application requirements and Proof of English Proficiency requirements.
  • TOEFL/IELTS

    International applicants, or applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, please provide one of the following for proof of English Proficiency: minimum TOEFL scores 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0 or higher IELTS score.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee for this program is $65. 

Other Information

  • Review of Applications

    In reviewing applications, we are concerned with the quality of the whole application, evidence of academic ability, quality of work done in the human service role, how referees view the applicants potential to become a professional psychologist, and how the applicant presents him or herself in answering questions on the Supplemental Application. Our aim is to enroll people who have an appreciation of psychology as a scientifically based discipline and sufficient emotional and social maturity to function effectively in applied professional work. Even though we do not require an undergraduate major in psychology, we expect applicants to have knowledge of and curiosity about psychological theory and issues.

    Because clinical work starts in the first year, the in-person interview is particularly important. Based on both written and interview materials, the full faculty meets to select candidates. For the past five years, GSPP has made an average of 77 admission offers and welcomed an average class size of 38. Students are notified of admission decisions by April 1 of the admission year.

    Please contact the Admissions Office with questions by email or phone: 303-871-2908

  • Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

    The University of Denver is an Equal Opportunity Institution. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate in the admission of students, in the provision of services, or in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or disability. The University prohibits all discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and Executive Orders.

Masters Programs

The application deadline for Fall 2021 is January 8, 2021. This is for the following masters programs: Forensic Psychology, International Disaster Psychology, and Sport and Performance Psychology. For information about our online Master of Arts in Sport Coaching Program, click here.

The online application for Fall 2021 consideration will be available in mid-August. In order to be considered for admission, you must submit the following:

  • Online Application

    You can start your online application by clicking here.

  • Essay Questions

    Please respond to both of the essay questions listed under the program that you are applying to. Please upload one document including both essay responses to your online application.

    Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

    The word limit for both essays combined is 1,500 words. 

    Essay 1

    Describe someone you know who has engaged in behavior of which you disapprove. How has this behavior affected your view of this person? How has your relationship with this person changed? How do you understand your reactions to this person? How might your personal history influence how you react?

    Essay 2

    Write about a time you received feedback with which you did not agree.

    Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology

    Essay 1

    One of the unique aspects of the GSPP MAIDP program is the opportunity for students to travel, work and live internationally while completing their field experience. During these field experiences students sometimes live and work in uncomfortable and unfamiliar cultural conditions. Describe your interests and expectations about working under these conditions and the strengths and weaknesses you would bring to the experience.

    Essay 2

    Tell us what led you to be interested in the field of International Disaster Psychology and discuss your understanding of the professional opportunities that would be available to a psychologist trained in this area. Be sure to indicate your ultimate professional goal(s) and how you envision your path to accomplish that/those goal(s).

    Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology

    Please note: The length of this essay should be one single-spaced page with 12-point font. 

    Essay 

    Please articulate what you find interesting and exciting about sport and performance psychology. Please specify steps you have already taken to explore sport & performance psychology based on this interest and excitement, and how you see our program setting you up for success in your future career.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters are required; three letters are strongly encouraged.
    • It is helpful to have one letter speak to your academic abilities.

    Here's how the process works:

    1. You will submit the names and email addresses of your references through the online application.
    2. An email requesting a letter of recommendation will be sent to your references upon entering their contact information. Your references will be required to submit their recommendations online.
    3. Please be sure to provide current contact information to avoid any delays in processing your application.
  • Transcripts

    One (1) transcript from each college/university where at least 1 credit has been earned, mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. This can be an unofficial copy; however, if admitted you must submit an official copy from each college/university by the 6th week of your first quarter.

  • GRE Scores
    • The General GRE test is required of ALL applicants; the GRE Psychology Subject test is not required. To have official scores sent to DU, please use School Code 4842, and (if asked) Department Code 2001.
    • The GRE test must have been taken within 5 years of application date.
    • GSPP does not have GRE cut-off scores; we look for baseline scores near the 50th percentile or higher.
  • GPA Requirements
    • Applicants for graduate study at the University of Denver must meet a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission. For applicants with an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, the GPA from the graduate degree may be used to meet the GPA requirement.
    • GSPP looks for an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and, if applicable, a graduate GPA of at least a 3.0.
    • GSPP reviews each application in its entirety to determine all assets an applicant brings to the program. Please be sure to highlight your strengths if your GRE scores/GPA are lower than our baseline scores.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita (CV)
    • Please detail all relevant experiences in your resume/CV. Having paid or volunteer experience related to the program that you are applying to is an asset.
  • Prerequisites

    *This requirement is for applicants without a Bachelor's (major or minor) in psychology, or applicants without an MA/MS in clinical or counseling psychology. Please note: prerequisites are only required for Forensic Psychology and International Disaster Psychology applicants, NOT Sport and Performance applicants. 

    • The psychology prerequisite can be met through coursework or by obtaining a score of at least 660 on the psychology subject GRE exam. 
    • For applicants WITHOUT a psychology background, you are required to complete four (4) psychology courses from a regionally accredited institution, earning a 'B' or better in these classes. Applicants offered admission should be aware that all psychology classes must be completed before registration in September.  Applicants should detail how they plan to meet this prerequisite somewhere in their application.
    • We recommend the following foundation courses: 
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Child Psychology
      • Experimental Psychology (requires the student to complete the content portion of an experimental psychology class [e.g., learning, perception, cognition, motivation, physiology, and to perform one or more direct experiments using the scientific method applied to some empirical question. This second requirement is often met by taking an experimental lab associated with the course.)
      • Personality Theory
      • Statistics
  • International Students
    • Additional documentation is required by the International Student Office.
    • Please see below for additional application requirements and Proof of English Proficiency requirements.
  • TOEFL/IELTS

    International applicants, or applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, please provide one of the following for proof of English Proficiency: minimum TOEFL scores 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0  or higher IELTS score.

  • Application Fee

    The application fee for MA programs is $65.

Other Information

  • Review of Applications

    In reviewing applications, we are concerned with the quality of the whole application, evidence of academic ability, quality of work done in the human service role, how referees view the applicants potential to become a professional psychologist, and how the applicant presents him or herself in answering questions on the Supplemental Application. Our aim is to enroll people who have an appreciation of psychology as a scientifically based discipline and sufficient emotional and social maturity to function effectively in applied professional work. Even though we do not require an undergraduate major in psychology, we expect applicants to have knowledge of and curiosity about psychological theory and issues.

    Please contact the Admissions Office with questions by email or phone: 303-871-2908

  • Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

    The University of Denver is an Equal Opportunity Institution. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate in the admission of students, in the provision of services, or in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or disability. The University prohibits all discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and Executive Orders.