Admission Requirements

1.  Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.25 or higher to be considered for admission. 

2.  At least 12 hours of undergraduate psychology courses which must include a grade of “B” or higher in courses of Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology or Research Methods. Although a psychology major on the undergraduate or graduate level is preferred, the Program may consider accepting students with undergraduate preparation in other disciplines. Applicants with degrees from closely related fields may be considered for the Program, but, if accepted, may need to take additional courses upon arrival to Albizu to complete the foundational coursework. 

3.  A completed and signed Online Application Form accompanied by the appropriate fee prior to established deadline dates.

4.  Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Applicants to the Ph.D. Program must have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Consideration will also be given to applicants enrolled in an institution of higher education outside the United States whose standards of training are substantially equivalent to the standards of training of higher education institutions in the United States.

5.  Two letters of recommendation, preferably from current or past professors.

6.  GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or EXADEP (Graduate Studies Admission Examination) scores taken within the last 5 years.

7.  A current curriculum vitae.

8.  A Statement of Purpose, which should be double spaced, typed, and one to two pages in length articulating career goals.

9.  International students must submit an official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized agency. Please refer to the Albizu University Catalog section entitled International Students for a detailed description of this requirement.

Ratings of importance of nonobjective criteria: previous research activity: high; work experience: medium; extracurricular activity: medium; clinically related public service: low; letters of recommendation: high.

Admission Procedures

The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program admits students for the Fall semester only. Review of applications is ongoing, and will continue until all available positions are filled by qualified applicants. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible because there is no guarantee that, if accepted, students will start in the upcoming Fall semester depending on the date their application was received.

After all documentation and credentials have been received by the Office of Admissions, the applicant’s file is forwarded to the Ph.D. program, where it is reviewed by faculty to determine if an interview will be granted. The decision of the faculty to interview a prospective student does not indicate or imply acceptance. If an interview is granted, the applicant will be evaluated by the faculty after the interview to determine if he/she meets the criteria for admission. If the applicant is approved, a letter of acceptance is issued by the Office of Admissions.

For more information on the application process at Albizu University and the help that is available to you, please click here to visit the admissions procedures page for the Miami campus. 

Transfer of Credits Policy

Courses which have been completed more than five years prior to the date for which the student applies for admission to the university can only be transferred with the approval of the Program Director.  Only courses completed at an accredited institution of higher learning and passed with a grade of “B” or better (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) will be accepted for transfer.

The maximum number of credits that a student in the Ph.D. program may transfer from another institution is 12. Syllabi for courses to be transferred will be reviewed by the instructor who teaches the course. Transfer of credits should be approved by the Director of Clinical Training. If a student has earned a master’s degree in psychology from another university and completed an empirical thesis project, he/she may submit his/her thesis to determine if the thesis fulfills the program’s master’s thesis requirement. 

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