Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology

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William Paterson University's doctor of psychology (PsyD) in clinical psychology is a full-time, five-year, practitioner-scholar training program accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our program integrates academic coursework, supervised clinical training, and research experience in a small, supportive community of peers and mentors. Current and prospective students commonly say they choose William Paterson University because of the strong sense of community and care among the dedicated students and faculty.

A distinguished faculty of active scholars and practitioners, who have diverse interests in both clinical practice and research, will support your training in evidence-based assessment and intervention. The faculty offers individualized attention in our state-of-the-art complex, which includes teaching and research facilities, as well as a psychology clinical training suite, featuring recording and monitoring equipment.

Applications for fall 2020 will be available September 12, 2019 through PSYCAS 
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Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted no later than January 1st, 2020.
Application materials must only be submitted through PSYCAS.  This includes every required component of the application.
Non-degree status not available

Application Cycle Timeline

  • September 12, 2019: Application opens in PSYCAS.
  • January 1, 2020: Complete and verified application due in PSYCAS.
  • February 6, 2020: Applicant interviews begin and continue through March.
  • April 15, 2020: Deadline for Admitted Applicants' Decisions.
Contact Us

Dr. Michele Cascardi
Graduate Program Director, PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology
cascardim@wpunj.edu
973-720-3323

Dr. Uzma Ali
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
aliu1@wpunj.edu
973-720-3500

Program or Admissions Questions? Email Us at:
psyd@wpunj.edu

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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree and official transcript from an accredited college or university or an appropriately certified foreign institution.   
    •  All applicants, including applicants from William Paterson University, are required to submit all of their transcripts through PsyCAS. 
  • Prerequisite psychology courses: Strong applicants who are deficient in any of the five prerequisite courses may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of course equivalencies as well as interest, ability, and aptitude for doctoral study in clinical psychology.

    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology or equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or minimum graduate GPA: 3.50 on a 4.0 scale. An applicant with a grade point average lower than the stated admission requirements may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of interest, ability, and aptitude for doctoral study in clinical psychology.   
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Competitive GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years. The PSYCAS GRE Score Report Code is 4220. The Psychology subject GRE is not required.

  • Personal Statement, address ALL of the following:

    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical psychology, and specifically the Psy.D. degree?
    • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
    • Why does this program represent a good fit for you, including the faculty with whom you are interested in working?
    • Please also include any additional information that can help us evaluate you.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.), which includes clinical, research and/or human service experiences.

  • Three letters of recommendation:

    • At least two out of the three letters should be academic references. The third letter should come from a person that can speak to the applicant’s strength as a doctoral student or clinician. Personal or non-professional references are not accepted.
  • In-person interview (required)

  • In addition to the PSYCAS application fee, there is a supplemental, non-refundable $50 application fee to William Paterson University of New Jersey (WP). Within 1-2 weeks of submitting your PSYCAS application, you will receive an email from WP with instructions for how to pay the supplemental application fee. To receive full consideration of your application, the supplemental application fee must be paid.

Additional Information

Applications to this program must be made through the Centralized Application Service for graduate study in Psychology. (PSYCAS

The portal for the PYSCAS application process to William Paterson University opens September 12, 2019 at https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. It is strongly recommended that you visit the PYSCAS "Frequently Asked Questions" page before starting your application. All questions about submitting, completing, and verifying your application should be directed to the PSYCAS helpline at https://help.liaisonedu.com/PSYCAS_Applicant_Help_Center. 

In addition, applicants are required to pay a $50 supplemental application fee to William Paterson University. The Office of Graduate Admissions from William Paterson will send an email to all applicants with instructions to pay the supplemental application fee. All applicants, including applicants from William Paterson University, are required to submit their transcripts through PsyCAS.

To receive full consideration, all application materials, including official transcripts verified by PSYCASGRE official score reports, and letters of recommendation must be complete in PSYCAS by January 1, 2020. We only review applications that are COMPLETE AND VERIFIED by PSYCAS. Do not send any application materials to William Paterson University. Late applications will not be considered nor reviewed.