Admission Requirements and Procedures for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Albizu University, Miami Campus, integrates theory with research, cultural competence, ethical considerations, and real-world clinical practice. Students may receive a generalist training in psychology or may choose to focus their academic work on one of four specialty areas: neuropsychology, health psychology, child psychology, and forensic psychology. For detailed information on the program, please click here.

Application for Admission

The application for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program consists of the following:

1.  A completed and signed application form submitted prior to the established deadline and accompanied by the $50 application fee. Begin the application process by setting up an online account.

2.  Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended, showing that the following conditions have been met:

  • The program requires previous academic work with a concentration in psychology, including courses in statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality psychology—all completed with a grade of “B” or better at the undergraduate level.

  • Preference is given to applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. Completed applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis if the academic credentials of the applicant do not meet the minimum requirement.

  • The transcripts should include any degree received. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States is required. 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 those institutions in the United States will also be considered.

3.  Three letters of recommendation from current or past professors, evaluating the applicant’s academic performance, clinical or field experience, and research experience.

4.  Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination general test section, taken in the past five years. Preference is given to applicants whose scores exceed the following: GRE Verbal score of 156 (or 550 according to the old GRE score system); GRE Quantitative score of 146 (or 550 according to the old GRE score system); GRE Analytic score of 4.5.

5.  A current curriculum vitae summarizing the applicant’s credentials.

6.  A personal statement describing life experiences that have helped shape the applicant’s personality, professional goals, and academic objectives. The statement should be double-spaced, typed, and two to three pages in length.

7.  Proof of appropriate immigration status for all international students. International students should also submit an official evaluation of academic credentials by an authorized agency. The credentials must include the GPA. For detailed information on this requirement, please refer to the Credential Evaluation Services page of the Albizu website. All admission credentials for international students must be received by Albizu University at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the session of expected enrollment.

Admission Procedures

Once the Admissions Office has received all documentation and credentials, the applicant’s file is forwarded to the program faculty, and a multi-tiered process of selecting candidates for interviews and admission begins.

The file is first reviewed by faculty who determine if an interview should be granted. The decision of the program faculty to interview a prospective student does not indicate or imply acceptance. After the interview, the faculty will evaluate the applicant to determine if he/she meets the criteria for admission. Ultimately, Albizu University reserves the right to reject any applicant.

Every applicant receives a letter from the Admissions Office containing the decision of the program faculty on his or her admission. Applicants who are accepted for admission are required by the University to confirm acceptance by submitting a non-refundable deposit of $200 to be applied to fees and tuition. 

Identity Verification

Each admitted student must provide the Admissions Office with one form of identification following enrollment and before the end of the first academic session. Acceptable forms of identification include, among others, a state driver’s license or state identification card, a current passport, a military ID card, a state- or government-issued birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a resident alien card. The admission file will not be considered complete until this requirement has been met.

Transfer of Credits Policy

In order to be accepted for transfer credit, courses must have been completed at the graduate level at an accredited institution of higher learning and passed with a grade of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better. The maximum number of credits that a doctoral student may transfer from another institution is 12.

Any course completed more than five years prior to the date of application for admission to Albizu may be transferred only with the approval of the program director. There is no time limit for the transfer of credits from degree programs completed at Albizu University.

The credit transfer process is not automatic. Students must request a transfer of credits at the Admissions Office following their first term enrollment in order to initiate the process. Please note that a $15 per-credit fee is charged for credit transfers from outside institutions.


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