Doctoral Program(PsyD) in Clinical Psychology

Program Description
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) aims to provide quality psychological education to bilingual students (English-Spanish) with emphasis on Clinical Professional Psychology and to promote the highest academic and moral standards of the psychological profession while emphasizing educational and social needs of patients and the community.

The Program offers a five-year, 86 credits curriculum, including a one-year internship. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (daytime).

Puerto Rico residents: USD$364.00, non-Puerto Rico residents: USD$414.00. Other annual fees apply.

Registration, orientation period and commencement of classes take place in July.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelorís degree (BS/BA)
    Present evidence of the successful completion of a bachelorís degree from a college level institution accredited by the PR Council of Education or by a US accrediting organization with a minimum of 15 credits in psychology including the following courses:



    General Psychology


    Developmental Psychology


    Abnormal Psychology (Psychopathology)


    Experimental Psychology (or Scientific Research)






  • GPA - 2.70 or above (on a four-point scale)

  • GRE minimum score of 279 or EXADEP minimum score of 500, no more than five years old. 

  • Submit the following documents:

    • Official transcript from all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate)

    • Three letters of recommendation written by professors or individuals familiar with the applicantís professional work and skills using the format provided with the application form.

    • Official scores of GRE or EXADEP

    • Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background Check)

    • A non-refundable USD$50.00 application fee

Applicants with masterís degrees in Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work, Counseling or other mental health related fields, are accepted. The same admission requirements still apply. Up to 24 credits may be transferred from other graduate programs or from a masterís degree. The following requirements will guide (but not restrict) the evaluation process of those courses submitted for approval:

  1. Courses need to be relevant to the field of Clinical Psychology

  2. The student must have approved the course with a minimum of a ďBĒ grade.

  3.  The student must demonstrate in an objective manner, or through formal written and/or oral examination, that he/she has the skills expected of such courses.

It is the studentís responsibility to provide the course description from the official catalog of the institution in which the courses were taken.

PSMHS has a number of courses and practicum that are not substituted with courses or practicum transferred from other institutions, unless the student demonstrates specific competencies in such areas. However, many of the elective courses may be waived based upon the number of credits transferred. This will allow students who enter with a Masterís degree to complete the academic portion of the program faster, allowing them more time to work on their Dissertation or Case Study and with the internship requirements.

Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:

  • Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of USD$100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.

  • Physical Exam (using a form provided by Admissions Office)

  • Health Certificate from the Department of Health of PR

  • Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).

  • Policy on Technical Standards

  • Other documents will be notified as pertinent.

Selection Criteria

When evaluating the applicants, the Admissions Committee selects the best candidates applying. The Committee looks for accepting students of integrity and maturity that show concern for others, leadership potential, character, academic achievements, motivation, emotional stability, evidence of research experience, interview reports, GRE or EXADEP scores, letters of recommendation and an aptitude for working with people.

How to Apply

Application for Admission to the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions Office.

Deadline to apply is March 15.

[1] ] The Clinical Psychology program of PSMHS was granted accreditation by the American Psychological Association in the spring of 2004, five years after accepting its initial group of students. The program adheres to all quality standards of the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as published in the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology. Additional information about the programís accreditation status may be obtained from the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5979 TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123. Fax: 202-336-5978