What are the required prerequisite courses? Do the pre-requisites need to be completed prior to applying?

Applicants who do not have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Psychology within seven years of application are still eligible to apply to the USF PsyD program with a Bachelor's degree in any field and completion of three, 3-unit pre-requisite courses (listed below) with a B- or higher in the last seven years: 
  • Research methods (required),

    —and at least two (2) of the following courses:—
  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
  • Lifespan Development (this course must cover the entire lifespan, or multiple courses may be considered to satisfy this requirement)
  • Theories of Personality/Theories of Psychotherapy
Pre-requisite courses can be in progress upon application, however they must be completed before the start of the program if an applicant is admitted. 

I graduated from college twenty years ago. I have taken the prerequisite classes mentioned, but that was clearly a long time ago. Should I consider taking those classes again?

Completion of a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology from an accredited institution, within the last seven (7) years.
Completion of a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution, and completion of at least three (3) of the following undergraduate or graduate courses with a grade of B or better, within the last seven (7) years:

  • Research methods (required),

—and at least two (2) of the following courses:—

  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
  • Lifespan Development (this course must cover the entire lifespan, or multiple courses may be considered to satisfy this requirement)
  • Theories of Personality/Theories of Psychotherapy

Note: Prerequisite courses may be taken at a variety of institutions. We strongly recommend that you contact graduate admissions in advance of submitting your application to ensure that the courses you have taken, or in which you are planning to enroll, will satisfy the prerequisite coursework requirements for your application.

Do you have GRE and subject test score minimum requirements or averages? What are the average GRE scores for general and subject tests for the past cohorts admitted?

We do not have a minimum GRE score.

The GRE Psychology subject test is not available to take until after the deadline to apply. Is proof of registration acceptable? Will I still be able to apply for the upcoming term?

All GRE score reports are due by the time of the application deadline for your application to be considered.

I've taken the general GRE and have an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Do I still need to take the GRE Psychology subject test?


Am I limited to just the San Francisco Bay Area for practicum and internship hours? Can I complete internship hours in the state where I live?

The PsyD Program is a full-time program comprised of academic coursework and practicum training for the first four years. Students needs to be available for practicum training in the San Francisco Bay Area during this time period. The fifth year is a full-time internship. There are APPIC and APA internship sites across the country, so it is possible to complete an internship in another state than California. The internship process is competitive, so it is difficult to predict where you will be placed.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

We have six core faculty, as well as adjunct and affiliate faculty who support the program.

Does the PsyD Program offer evening or weekend classes?

The program is full-time. Courses are offered during the day, and most practicum placements occur during the weekday during business hours.

Is it possible for me to work forty hours per week and still complete the PsyD Program?

No, it is not possible to work a traditional 40 hours per week job and complete this program.

How do students typically support themselves while going to school full-time? Do you offer any scholarships for this program? Are there scholarships/financial aid available for international students?

There are a limited amount of scholarship opportunities available to graduate students. The majority of graduate students take out some form of loan to cover their education. The U.S. Federal Direct Student Loan Program and Supplemental Loans are available ONLY to U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents. U.S. students are eligible to apply for up to $20,500 in federal direct loans each year, as well as additional funding from the federal Grad PLUS Loan. The USF school code for FAFSA is 001325. Visit FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov for additional information.

USF's Financial Aid Office office offers resources to help graduate students meet the cost of education at the University of San Francisco. Find information on financial aid, loans and payment plans to aid in paying for tuition, fees, books, and personal expenses. Please visit our financial aid page for more information.

Finally, please make sure to visit the School of Nursing and Health Professions' Financing your Education page for scholarship details.

What are the current tuition costs and fees?

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the University Tuition and Fees Schedule. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance (Fall/Spring), Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF), and an applicable fieldwork fee per practicum course and required malpractice insurance fee per practicum course.

Will the PsyD program be available at additional campuses in the near future?

No, there is no plan to expand the PsyD program to additional locations at this time.

How many people apply to the PsyD Program and how many people get accepted? What was the acceptance rate for the previous year?

The number of students that apply to the program varies by year. Each year, we receive over 40 applications and accept up to eighteen students.

Are any of your current students planning on going into private practice?

Although the program provides the training necessary for a graduate to go into private practice, it is not the focus of our program. The USF PsyD Program is focused on training clinicians who want to work in integrated behavioral health with underserved populations.

What do most people with a PsyD go on to do? Are a majority of them professors? Are you eligible to work in a hospital setting?

People with a PsyD are eligible to do many types of careers. Our graduates will be prepared to work in community mental health, hospitals, clinics, independent practice, teaching, and scholarship.

How important is it for me to have a background in research before applying?

We take a holistic approach to admissions, so each candidate will be rated individually. It is not necessary to have a background in research before applying.

Why should I choose USF over other schools?

The reason a student would choose USF over other qualified PsyD programs would be based on interest in the focus of our program. The USF PsyD program is focused on training clinicians who want to work in integrated behavioral health with underserved populations.

What is USF looking for in a personal statement and how long does the personal statement have to be?

In 1000 words or less, please write a self-reflective essay describing your ultimate goals as a licensed psychologist, including how your personal and professional experiences have contributed to your decision to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In addition, please specifically address how your background, interests, and goals align with the University of San Francisco's PsyD program and its overall mission.

During the interview with the faculty members, what are they looking for?

Selected applicants will be invited to the Information and Interview Workshop. The event includes individual and group interviews, a writing exercise, a program presentation, and a question and answer session. All aspects of the interview workshop will help the faculty determine an applicant's fit with the program. Students will also be able to gain more information about the program to help make their decision.

Is one more prepared for the PsyD program if one has a master's degree?

The only requirement for admission is a bachelor's degree. Any graduate level work will be taken into consideration as part of the individual's application package.

How many credits can I transfer?

Our admissions policies allow students to enter with credit for prior graduate work and this is described in the Loading.... You are able to transfer in up to twelve credits. Courses must be substantially equivalent and will be reviewed by faculty to determine transferability. The time needed to complete your degree will depend on your total number of credits and their distribution toward the program's graduation requirements.