Doctor of Psychology Admissions

We seek to recruit and retain a diverse student group across a number of dimensions.

The curriculum of the existing M.Ed. in Counseling and School Psychology, the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Ed.S. in School Psychology, and the Ed.S. in Counseling programs overlap with the doctoral program and serve, in part, as foundation courses. If granted admission, you can apply any relevant foundation coursework to your program of study in the Psy.D. program.

General Admissions Requirements for All Applicants

For admission to the Doctor of Psychology program, you will need the following general requirements as well as program-specific requirements listed below.

  • A completed Online Application
  • A $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you have received degrees and/or course credit
  • A written Statement of Purpose (3-6 pages) that reflects on the following:
    • Your professional experience and how this experience relates to doctoral study
    • Your reasons for pursuing doctoral study
    • Research and/or clinical goal(s), problem(s), and/or question(s) you may wish to address during doctoral study and research
    • How doctoral study will enhance your personal and professional career goals
    • Why you think you would be a good fit for the combined program in counseling and school psychology
    • Diversity experiences and evidence of a commitment to serving diverse populations
  • At least three (3) Letters of Reference that speak to your professional and/or academic work, your potential for successful completion of doctoral study, and your character (See Letters of Reference below.)
  • For students whose native language is not English:
    • Evidence of proficiency in the English language.
    • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) are accepted.
    • Doctoral programs require minimum scores of TOEFL (95), IELTS (7.0), and PTE (66).

The Program accepts and enrolls a diverse student group each fall semester. Students need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission to the Program. The number of credit hours required to complete the Program is dependent on previously completed coursework. There is no upper limit to the number of foundation (graduate) courses that can be counted toward completion. However, only 9 credit hours of doctoral course(s) at the 800 level can be transferred into the program.

Students are never admitted to the Program for the purpose of completing another degree. Students enrolled in the Program do not complete a master’s degree en route.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants are reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria and materials:

  • For admission to all Rivier University graduate programs:
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Letters of Reference (see Letters of Reference below)
    • Statement of Purpose (see Admission Requirements below)
  • For admission to the Psy.D. Program:
    • A minimum of an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Resume or CV
    • Undergraduate GPA, with a preference of 3.0 and above
    • Graduate GPA, with a preference of 3.5 and above (if relevant)
    • General GRE scores earned within the last 5 years
    • For students whose native language is not English, evidence of proficiency in the English language. Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) are accepted. The Program requires minimum scores of TOEFL (95), IELTS (7.0), and PTE (66)
    • Interview with the Core Faculty Committee
    • Evidence of commitment to the values, goals, and mission of the Program in the Statement of Purpose and Letters of Reference

Letters of Reference Details

Each applicant is required to submit at least three (3) letters of reference that speak to the applicant’s professional and/or academic work, potential for successful completion of doctoral study, and character.

Applicants are encouraged to provide individuals making the recommendations with a copy of their personal written Statement of Purpose to ensure that the recommendation addresses these topics. Letters of Reference must have been written within six (6) months of the date of the completed application.

Letters of Reference may be written by current members of the faculty of the Division of Education and Counseling of Rivier University. If a current faculty member agrees to write a letter of reference and that faculty member is serving on the Core Faculty Committee, said faculty member must recuse him/herself from the admission decision process while the applicant’s application for admission is being considered. Similarly, if a faculty member of the Core Faculty Committee has recruited an applicant to the Doctoral Program, that faculty member must also recuse him/herself from the admission decision process while the applicant’s application is under consideration.

The Core Faculty Committee may invite members of the faculty of the Division of Education and Counseling who have provided letters of recommendation to speak on behalf of an applicant while the Committee is deliberating.

Priority Application Deadlines

February 1 Application deadline
Mid-February Decisions on interviews
March 1 Notification of interview decisions
April 1 Notification of admission decisions
April 15 Student notification of decision deadline

Second round applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Application Review and Interviews

After the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions forwards completed application to the Program, copies are provided for members of the Admission Committee. Committee members independently review and rate the application. These ratings are then reviewed at a meeting of the Committee.

On the basis of ratings and Committee review, finalists for admission are invited to campus to be interviewed by members of the Core Faculty Committee. In this interview, applicants are asked to clarify and/or expand on aspects of their application, including but not limited to their personal Statement of Purpose and reasons for seeking doctoral study. Following the interview, the Core Faculty Committee reconvenes to discuss applicant interviews.

After review of all applicant files and interviews, the Core Faculty Committee selects applicants for admission to the Psy.D. program. Following this review, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions notifies applicants of their admission status.

Rivier University does not discriminate in its application process. Read our non-discrimination policy.

Psy.D. Program Details

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