Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


Doctor of Psychology

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 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 

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.

Application Deadline:

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

Application Cycle Timeline:

April 15, 2019: Deadline for Admitted Applicants' Decisions

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree and transcript from an accredited college or university or an appropriately certified foreign institution.  
  • Psychology courses required prior to enrollment 
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology or equivalent
    Strong candidates 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. 
  • Preferred: Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.5  on a 4.0 scale
  • 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. 
  • A personal statement that addresses ALL of the following:
    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
    • 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?
    • Please also include any additional information that can help us evaluate you
  • A curriculum vitae (CV), which includes clinical, research and/or human services experiences
  • Three professional recommendations
    • At least two out of the three letters should be academic reference. The third letter should come from a person that can speak to the applicants strength as a doctoral student or clinician. Personal or non-professional references are not accepted.
  • In-person interview will be required.

  • 96 credits of graduate study