How to Apply to the Clinical Psychology PsyD

The online application for our 2021 cohort is now closed


We utilize the central application system PSYCAS for our PsyD application. Please note that application materials, including official transcripts from all institutions attended and all other supplemental materials should be sent directly to PSYCAS, not Pacific University.

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Requirements for Admission 

GRE: we will no longer be requiring the GRE

Satisfactory Completion of a Bachelor's Degree: A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4 during the last two years of study is desirable.

Strong Undergraduate Background in Psychology: A psychology major is not required; however, math-based Statistics and Abnormal Psychology courses are required prerequisites. In addition, two of the six following courses are required as preparation for work at the graduate level.

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a "B-" or above before a student can matriculate into the program. These prerequisites do not need to be complete when application is submitted. 

Professional Mental Health Experience: Applicants are encouraged to have experience in the mental health field.

Other Items to Submit:

  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
  • CV or Resume (upload within online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation - This is done electronically through PSYCAS. An applicant will simply need to provide their recommenders' information when prompted to do so and an email will be sent to the recommender requesting the necessary documentation. 
  • Completed essay questions (included in online application)
  • Completed GPA calculations (table included in online application)

Additional Admissions Information

The School of Graduate Psychology seeks students with both academic aptitude and personal qualities that will enable them to develop personally and professionally into effective psychologists.

A personal interview is required for all finalists who apply to the program.

Applicants are advised that Pacific University requires criminal background checks. This background check is required to determine students' qualification to provide services; it takes place after admission and deposit. A criminal record may disqualify a previously admitted student. In addition, drug screenings and additional trainings are required prior to the start of clinical practicum placements.


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