The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

PsyD Admission

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.

Application Deadline for Fall 2015

Completed applications must be submitted by midnight on March 1, 2015 in order to be reviewed for Fall 2015 admission consideration. Late applications are accepted and reviewed based on space availability.

Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Application Materials

All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the School of Nursing and Health Professions accept mailed materials.


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

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are considered in the review of applications:

  1. A completed online application and fee
  2. Completion of a bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  3. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded through the online application form. Transcripts must reflect the name of the institution attended, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA. Applicants should ensure that all transcripts are readable once uploaded. Submission of official transcripts is ONLY required for all admitted students who decide to enroll. For non-U.S. transcripts, applicants please submit translated transcripts.
  4. Prerequisites: Successful completion within the last seven years, with a grade of B or higher, of the following four undergraduate courses (at least 3 credits each):
    • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
    • Human Development or Lifespan Development
    • Research Design Methods
    • Theories of Personality or Theories of Psychotherapy
  5. Results of the GRE General Test and the GRE Psychology Subject Test, taken within five years of application. The GRE Psychology Test is offered three times annually, typically in September, October, and April.
  6. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (in major and overall)
  7. Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from faculty members. Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their competence and ability to be successful at a graduate level of study. Letters should discuss the applicant's ability to succeed academically and should speak to his or her potential for professional growth in the field of clinical psychology. In the online form, enter the names and e-mail addresses for recommenders. They will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions to upload their letter.
  8. A professional résumé or curriculum vitae
    • We are interested in the progression and mix of responsibilities in your work and volunteer experience and your skills.
  9. 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.
  10. For international students only: TOEFL scores (a minimum score of 600 or 100 INB required), Certificate of Finance, and passport copy. For detailed international student admission information, visit the international graduate students page.