Interested applicants should ensure that all of the following are received by January 15, 2012:
We want to emphasize that only files that are complete on January 15 will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. It is therefore crucial that applicants allow enough time for transcripts and the GRE scores to arrive and for letters to be written and arrive. Applicants should stay in touch with their letter writers and transcript offices to make sure the material is sent and follow-up with the information provided online by the Graduate College to monitor the status of their application file.
Initial screening of applicants is based on an assessment of a student’s undergraduate and graduate GPAs, GRE scores, appropriateness of academic preparation, relevance of professional experience, quality of references, appropriateness of career goals, and quality of submitted writing samples. Applicants should obtain current admission information from the Graduate College and the Psy.D. Program.
The first consideration is whether an applicant has received (or will receive by August) a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, in a human services field, meeting the following requirements:
· The applicant provided face-to-face counseling services for at least a total of 60 hours, working with multiple clients, under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed professional.
o Psychological assessment/evaluation hours are to be listed separately because these do not constitute counseling when conducted on their own. Although a mix of counseling and assessment is acceptable, experience that is primarily focused on assessment/evaluation may not meet the Admission Committee’s criteria.
· The applicant has completed the following courses either during the Master’s program or another graduate program in the last five years. If students are invited for interviews, syllabi from these courses will need to be submitted to the Psy.D. Program Director. Note: These courses MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE a student can enroll in Psy.D. Program courses:
o Professional issues and ethics (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 640)
o Counseling Theories (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 641)
o Basic Assessment Methods (fundamental assessment considerations)
o Basic Statistics (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 610)
o Research Design (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 611)
These guidelines will be followed except under unusual circumstances (please direct inquiries to the Program Director about whether such circumstances may exist for you).
Once the initial screening regarding degree and experience is complete, the rest of the application is reviewed. Graduate GPA is more important than undergraduate GPA in our review process; GRE scores are not a primary factor in determining who is offered an interview. Current Psy.D. students and other RU Psychology Department faculty will be informed of who has applied and confidential feedback will be requested from them. This information will be considered alongside material provided by applicants when making interview decisions.
Because Radford University is located in a small community, applicants should be aware that Psy.D. faculty cannot guarantee that no one outside the Program or Psychology Department will find out who has applied. Therefore, applicants should be prepared in the event that others in the applicant’s life (e.g., current employers, family members, friends) find out about the application.
The Program Director or designee will call references and their comments will affect who is invited for interviews. The most important factor in determining who is invited for an interview is the degree of fit between the applicant and the program. This includes experience with and commitment to rural mental health, cultural diversity, social justice, and evidence-based practice. An applicant's potential contribution to the diversity of the program through background, experience, and other characteristics is also a consideration.
beginning of February, selected applicants will be invited to campus for
interviews with faculty and current students. We have not yet set the dates for
the 2012 interviews so please check our site in late 2011 for the 2012 interview
dates. We anticipate being able to reimburse at least some, if not all, of the
travel expenses for applicants invited to campus for interviews. Students who
have enrolled said that coming to Radford to see the campus, meet the faculty
and current students in person, and interact with others on campus who support
the program were important reasons why they turned down other offers or left
their jobs to join the program. Thus, we suggest that if at all possible you
plan on coming to Radford to interview in person if invited. Following the
interviews, the Psy.D. faculty members decide which applicants will be offered
admission into the program. Notification of acceptance, alternate status, or
denial is typically made in late February or early March. Offers of admission
must be accepted or declined by April 15.
The number of
applicants recommended for admission each year varies and is determined
primarily by the quality of applicants and their match with program goals along
with the availability of faculty advisors for incoming students. Because the
University intends to fund up to 5 students per year, the maximum number we will
admit will be 5.
Individuals applying, after having previously been denied, must submit a new application. Previously submitted materials and credentials will not be accepted. All requirements for admission must be met for the applicant to receive the same status as other applicants during that year.
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As we discuss in both the Accreditation page and the first section of the FAQs page, the Radford University Psy.D. Program is not yet accredited by the American Psychological Association. If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA via the following means:
750 First Street, NE
Last Updated 10/16/2012