Every candidate for admission to the program needs to satisfy the following minimal requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA)
Present evidence of the successful completion of a bachelor’s 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:
Abnormal Psychology (Psychopathology)
Experimental Psychology or Research Methods
- GPA – 3.0 or above (on a four-point scale)
- GRE – 600 (279 new score) or above or EXADEP- 500 score or above, no more than five years old. www.ets.org
- Submit the following documents:
a. Official transcript from all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate)
b. Three letters of recommendation written by professors or individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills using the format provided with the application form.
c. Official scores of GRE or EXADEP www.ets.org
d. Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background Check)
e. A non-refundable $80 (USD) application fee
Applicants with master’s 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 master’s degree. The following requirements will guide (but not restrict) the evaluation process of those courses submitted for approval:
- Courses need to be relevant to the field of Clinical Psychology
- The student must have approved the course with a minimum of a “B” grade.
- 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 student’s responsibility to provide the course description from the official catalog of the institution in which the courses were taken.
PHSU 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 Master’s degree to complete the academic portion of the program faster, allowing them more time to work on their Dissertation or Case Study and to complete the 12 months internship.
Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:
- Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.
- Physical Exam (using a form provided by Admissions Office)
- Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).
- Other documents will be notified as pertinent.
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, good performance in the group and individual interviews, adequate GRE or EXADEP scores, good recommendation letters and an aptitude for working with people.