Clinical Psychology Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 admission is January 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Complete the online application, which includes the following components:

  1. Autobiographical statement that includes relevant personal and professional experience and aspirations (applicant will upload this document as part of the online application).

  2. Professional/academic writing sample, which may be a copy of a research report or de-identified assessment report (applicant will upload this document as part of the online application).

  3. Three letters of recommendation: Applicant will identify three recommenders as part of the online application.  The recommenders will receive an email notification from the application system and will be asked to complete the online form.    The School of Professional Psychology must receive three recommendations by the application deadline.  

  4. CV or resume (to be uploaded as part of the online application).

  5. $30 application fee

  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent directly from the college or university to the School of Professional Psychology—851 S. 4th Street, Louisville KY 40203.

  7. GRE scores: Submit scores of the General Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and must instruct the Educational Testing Service to forward the scores to the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University.  Subject test not required.  Spalding University’s Institution Code: R1552

Admission Process

  1. Application: Submit the online application and all supporting materials (recommendations, transcripts and GRE scores) by the application deadline.
  2. Application review: The faculty in the School of Professional Psychology review all completed applications and interview invitations are sent out to those selected applicants (late January to early February).
  3. Campus visit and interview: Selected applicants come to Spalding’s campus for half-day interviews and information sessions (late February-early March). Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the School of Professional Psychology. Information regarding the interview process will be provided at the time of invitation.
  4. Review: the faculty in the School of Professional Psychology review all applicants who were interviewed and make final decisions, ranking applicants on the strength of their record.
  5. Offer of admission: Applicants are notified of their admission status as soon as the interview process is completed (by April 1).
  6. Acceptance of offer: Applicants inform the School of Professional Psychology administrative coordinator of decision to accept or not accept the offer of admission.  The deadline for making a decision is April 15.
  7. Academic Advising: School of Professional Psychology sends out information on when and how to get registered for classes and review of transfer credits if applicable.
  8. Financial aid: Financial aid personnel can now process financial aid application and awards for financial aid are made, if applicable. 
  9. Peer advisor: All new students are assigned a peer advisor (a student in the program who has completed one or more years at Spalding) and who will be able to provide practical information that is not available through your faculty advisor or the school office.

What if you are conditionally admitted? 

Conditionally admitted students (pending completion of degree and receipt of final transcripts) have one semester to submit any required documentation to the School of Professional Psychology.

Transfer of Credits

A minimum of 90 credit hours plus dissertation and internship must be completed at Spalding. Students who enter with a master’s degree are granted credit for all comparable coursework to the Spalding master’s degree in accordance with the following regulations:

  • The program will accept up to 30 credit hours of previous graduate work.
  • The Director of Graduate Training and/or Director of Clinical Training must approve all transfer credit.
  • Transfer credit is given only for course work with a grade of B or higher at the graduate level from regionally accredited institutions.
  • Transfer credit is given only for courses that are equivalent in sophistication and content/skills to courses at Spalding University.
  • Transfer credit may not be awarded for an equivalent course if, in the judgment of the evaluator, the course was taken too long ago to be of current value.
  • Transfer credit may be denied, if in the judgment of the evaluator, the course would not be acceptable to state boards of psychology.

Ordinarily, credit is given for course work taken in psychology programs. However, credit may be given for work in closely related programs provided the above criteria are met.