ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
- A completed application form submitted prior to the established deadline and accompanied by a non- refundable application fee of $75.00. Every applicant must provide a Social Security Number. No application will be processed without one.
- Evidence of having completed a bachelor’s degree in a public or private higher education institution licensed to operate in its jurisdiction, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Only a bachelor’s degree CGPA will be used for purposes of qualifying for admission. Applicants with degrees not related to psychology are required to complete 21 credits of pre-requisite psychology courses prior to being considered for admission to the program.
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended, which must be requested by the applicant to be sent directly to the Admissions Office. In those cases where the applicant will receive a degree from a previously attended institution more than 30 calendar days after beginning the academic session at Albizu, an official degree certification will be accepted as evidence that the degree will be conferred at a future date. Upon degree conferment, the student will have up to 30 working days to comply with the requirement to submit the transcript. Failure to comply will result in a hold that prevents any administrative transaction between the student and the Institution. Failure to report previous college and/or graduate work constitutes a falsification of the application, which will result in the loss of all credits earned and may result in dismissal.
- Two letters of recommendation from professor(s), employer(s), or community leader(s). The recommendations must be submitted on Albizu’s official Recommendation Form.
- EXADEP (Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado) or G.R.E. (Graduate Record Examinations) results. Only scores from exams taken within the past five years will be accepted.
- An updated Certificate Of Good Conduct from the jurisdiction(s) where the applicant was a resident during the past five years.
- An original Health Certificate, no more than one year old.
- Proof of Hepatitis-B vaccination.
- A copy of the PVAC-3 Form with an original signature (for applicants 21 years old or younger at the time of application).
- Results of an Interview with Program Faculty. Those candidates recommended by the Admissions Committee will receive an appointment for an interview with one or more members of the Psy.D. program faculty.
- Statement of Purpose, written at the time of the interview (for those candidates invited for an interview). The Statement of Purpose serves to verify the candidate’s interest in the Psy.D. program and the Institution; short-, medium-, and long-term goals; written communication skills; and general writing skills.
- An official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized credential evaluation agency (for international students only). Credential evaluation agencies evaluate and interpret the U.S. equivalents of foreign education and work credentials. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. A list of authorized agencies is available at: http://www.albizu.edu/International-Students/Credential-Evaluation-Services
- Any additional documents that may be required by the Psy.D. program at a future date, as specified at the time of application to the program.
The program reserves the right to admit candidates with exceptional characteristics.
- Candidates must submit all required documents by the established deadline.
- The Admissions Committee will prepare an initial evaluation for every applicant and will assign a preliminary score to each one based on the criteria and relative values established by the Psy.D. program. Candidates who qualify will receive an invitation for an interview with program faculty.
- Selected applicants will be informed of the place, time, and day of the interview.
- The Admissions Committee will complete the evaluation process of each candidate who has been interviewed and assign a final score based on the criteria and relative values established by the program.
- A letter of notification with the determination of the Admissions Committee will be sent to each applicant.
Transfer of Credits Policy
Courses must be completed at an accredited institution of higher learning and passed with a grade of “B” or better (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in order to be accepted for transfer. Any course completed more than five years prior to the date of application for admission to the university may be transferred only with the approval of the Psy.D. program director.
The credit transfer process is not automatic. Students at the San Juan Campus must request a transfer of credits at the Office of Admissions following their first term enrollment in order to initiate the process.
Upon recommendation of the Academic Program Director, the maximum number of credits that a student in the Psy.D. program may transfer from a different program is 21. If transferring from a different institution the maximum number of credits is 12.