How to Apply | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The online application for our 2021 cohort will be available Monday, September 14th, 2020!  


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


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Requirements for Admission 

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.

General Graduate Record Examination: The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required to be taken within 5 years of application. The Psychology Subject Test is not required.  Applicants may demonstrate their knowledge by submitting scores for the Psychology Subject test of the GRE in addition to the required General exam.  Note that this portion of the GRE is only administered by paper exam.  It should be taken no later than November in order for results to be available by the application deadline.

Pacific University's School of Graduate Psychology (SGP) is aware of the disparities in performance on the GRE among underrepresented groups and considers GRE scores as part of a holistic review process.  GRE scores serve as one of multiple sources of information used to assess an applicant.  SGP strives to ensure that all applicants have the opportunity to present themselves in a multifaceted way to the program.

GRE Scores: Please send your scores to PSYCAS using the code 4270.  It is required that all GRE scores are submitted through PSYCAS. 

Waiver: A waiver will be available to those applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a Master's degree from a clinical or counseling mental health program (for those enrolled in the program at the time of admission, a full year of full-time coursework must have been completed to be eligible for the waiver.)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Master's degree coursework, with no grades below "B".

If you would like to apply for the GRE waiver, please send your unofficial transcripts to for evaluation.

*Please note that the GRE waiver request will be assessed on a case by case basis.  If the Admissions Committee finds a master's degree insufficient for fulfilling the GRE requirement, an invitation to interview and/or Admission may be contingent on completion of the GRE.

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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Jenni Gottschalk | Graduate and Professional Admissions
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