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Clinical Psychology Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2021 is January 5, 2021

Admission Requirements

Complete the online application, which includes the following components:

  1. A completed bachelor’s degree (or an expected completion date prior to the start of your admission year), which includes at least 18 credit hours in psychology.
  2. An autobiographical statement that includes relevant personal and professional experience and aspirations (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: A 3.0 or higher GPA is typical for students invited to interview. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities previously attended must be sent directly from the college or university to the School of Professional Psychology-845 S. Third Street, Louisville KY 40203.
  7. GRE scores: You must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and GRE Writing test. Although we have no established minimum for GRE scores, a minimum score of 143 on both the verbal and quantitative sections are typical for applicants offered an interview. You must submit scores of the General Aptitude Section of the GRE and 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

Track your application

Our ‘My Account’ applicant portal page is the place to view, update and submit information to your application. You have access to:

  • Update your profile
  • Submit your application
  • View your application
  • Upload additional supplemental documents required for admission

Application confirmation

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledgment with further instructions regarding items needed for admission to the university.

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Admissions Decision

You will be notified by email of our admissions decision.

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: While we typically offer selected applicants the opportunity to come to campus in late February, early March to interview and meet faculty and students in person, because of safety precautions, we anticipate all interviews will be held virtually in 2021.
  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 entire application and interview.
  5. Offer of admission: Applicants are notified of their admission status as soon as the interview process is completed (by mid-March).
  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 such as where to live, where to find great restaurants, tricks for managing doctoral student life, etc.

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.