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Regarding the Fall 2021 admissions cycle for the Psy D in Counseling Psychology program at Radford University, Doctoral Interview Day will be held virtually, rather than in person, in deference to COVID-19 safety precautions.
Interested applicants should ensure that all of the following are received by December 1:
1. Radford University Graduate Application
2. A letter of interest describing the applicant’s professional and/or research experience, outlining the person’s career goals, and reasons for pursuing doctoral study.
3. An essay that addresses the applicant’s cultural background and experiences and the applicant’s thoughts regarding the etiology of client distress and the nature of the change process (citations to the professional literature may be included). Please limit responses to no more than 5 pages.
4. Supplemental Form that can be found at the following: link. These questions are similar to those that will be asked when graduates of the program apply for licensure, to be on managed care panels, and to get malpractice insurance. If any of these items are checked “yes” then additional information will be necessary and the applicant should contact the Program Director.
5. Curriculum Vita
- In addition to the standard information regarding where you have had applied experience and names/contact information of supervisors at those sites, please provide the approximate number of (a) individual face-to-face counseling hours, (b) group hours, (c) couples/family hours, (d) psychological assessment/evaluation hours, and (e) supervision hours received as part of practicum/internship training and the approximate number of hours in each of these categories received through work experience.
- Please make sure that you report psychological assessment/evaluation hours 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.
6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate (including community college) and graduate work
- Please note that the minimum allowable Graduate GPA is 3.5
- Please also note that only applicants who have received a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, in a human services field, where they provided face-to-face counseling services under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed professional are eligible for admission.
7. Three reference forms AND accompanying letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professor who can comment on the applicant’s academic skills, including ability to pursue doctoral-level training, and one from a supervisor who can speak to the applicant’s counseling skills and response to supervision. Personal references are not considered and will not count toward the three required letters.
- Reference forms without a letter will not count toward the three required references
8. Official scores from the GRE General Test
- Please note that GRE scores are only good for 5 years
- (**GRE requirement will be waived for the 2021 admissions cycle**)
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
We want to emphasize that only files that are complete on December 1 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.
APPLICANT REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCEDURES
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.
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:
Professional Issues and Ethics (equivalent to RU's PSYC 640)
Counseling Techniques (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 642)
Basic Assessment Methods (fundamental assessment considerations)
Basic Statistics (equivalent to RU’s PSYC 610)
Research Design (equivalent to RU's PSYC 611)
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 a designee will call references. The most important factor in determining who is invited for an interview is the degree of fit between the applicant and the program.
In late December or early January, selected applicants will be invited to campus in early February for interviews with faculty and current students. " As noted above, Doctoral Interview Day for the 2021 admissions cycle will be held virtually. 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.
As we mentioned above, the Radford University Psy.D. Program is now 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:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Internet Webpage: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/