The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

PsyD Admission

The following items are required for PsyD program admission consideration:
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. or course by course transcript evaluation for all classes/degrees taken at schools outside the United States. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.
  • Successful completion within the last seven years, with a grade of B or higher, of the following four undergraduate courses (at least 3 units each):
    • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
    • Human Development or Lifespan Development
    • Research Design Methods
    • Theories of Personality or Theories of Psychotherapy
  • A personal statement of interest
  • A professional résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from faculty members
  • Results of the GRE General Test and GRE Psychology Test, taken within five years of application. The GRE Psychology Test is offered three times annually, typically in September, October and April.
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (in major and overall)
  • TOEFL score of 600 or IELTS score of 100 for international students

The PsyD Program builds upon the foundation of coursework and experience obtained during undergraduate and any prior graduate education. The PsyD Admissions Committee takes into consideration the breadth and depth of an applicant's background, GPA, and any clinical and research experience. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (including the Psychology Subject Test), in addition to a review of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, provide an assessment of an applicant's general knowledge.

The Personal Statement of Interest: The profession of clinical psychology requires individual and interpersonal competencies in addition to academic preparation. Interpersonal attributes and skills are taken into consideration in assessing an individual's qualifications for admission. Careful attention is given to an applicant's personal statement of interest. The first section of the statement, approximately two pages in length, should include a description of the applicant and his/her background. The second section, approximately three pages in length, should consist of short paragraphs responding to the following:

  1. What has led to your interest in pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology?
  2. Have you considered other master's and doctoral degrees in psychology and counseling?
  3. What interests you in focusing on behavioral health and working with underserved populations?
  4. What is unique about you that will contribute to your success as a professional psychologist?
  5. Is this a good time for you to assume the financial commitment of five full time years of academic training, during which you will be able to work no more than part-time?
  6. Is this a good time for you to assume the time commitment of five full time years of academic training, including the 5th year full-time clinical internship, which is often in a different geographic area?
  7. What is your ultimate goal as a licensed psychologist?
    • Please note that attention is given to writing style, clarity, and conciseness.


Selected applicants will be invited to the Information and Interview Workshop in March. The event will include individual and group interviews, a writing exercise, a program presentation, and a question and answer session.

Application Deadline for Fall 2015

Completed applications must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, January 30, 2015 in order to be reviewed for Fall 2015 admission consideration. Late applications are accepted and reviewed based on space availability.