The mission of the Psy.D. program, to develop professional psychologists who can deliver competent psychological services, is consistent with the University's mission. This mission is promoted by a caring community which integrates academic excellence and professional education and training for public service.
Baylor is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all regardless of race and ethnicity (Student Handbook). Students are accepted in to the Psy.D. program without regard to their religious orientation.
Prospective Students Must Submit the Following Materials
By DECEMBER 1, 2016 for consideration to join the program in the SUMMER of 2017:
- An Application for Admission - Graduate School Online Application
- Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities ever attended even if it was a dual credit course that was taken in high school. These must be sent from each college directly.
- Three letters of reference. At least one letter should be included from a professor of psychology who is acquainted with the requirements, demands, and expectations common to clinical psychology programs today. If you have had clinically related experience, a letter from your supervisor (e.g. Psychologist) should be included.
- Graduate Record Examination Scores; General (Aptitude). All tests must have been taken within five years prior to admission.
Where and When to Send Application Material
It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all application materials are received by the Graduate School's Admissions Office by December 1st. All application materials and application fee must be submitted online to the Baylor Graduate School, which is separate from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The most frequent causes of incomplete applications are (1) lack of GRE scores; (2) lack of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; and (3) lack of sufficient references.
Selection of Candidates
In reviewing applications, we look for a combination of academic ability and experience, clinical and/or research related experience, and the personality and social skills conducive to a successful career in professional psychology. All application information submitted is considered. Minimum requirements include 12 hours of psychology course work, an overall GPA of 2.7 and a major GPA of 3.0. Average scores for our newest incoming students (starting summer of 2016) are 3.78 GPA and 320 GRE (calculated). Prior graduate work is not required for this program. The submitted materials from each applicant are reviewed and approximately 30 candidates are invited to campus for interviews in mid-February. Travel costs are assumed by the applicant and the interview is required for admission. From the group interviewed on campus, approximately 6 students whose abilities and goals are judged to be most compatible with the goals of Baylor's Psy.D. Program are selected for admission. Psy.D. students begin the program during Summer II which typically starts at the beginning of July.