Admission to the Psy.D. Program



Applications for Fall 2020 admission to the Psy.D. program in clinical psychology at William Paterson University of New Jersey are now available through PSYCAS

Application deadline: January 1, 2020.

Applicants may only apply through PSYCAS. For information, please read “What is PSYCAS?” Applicants to the Psy.D. program at William Paterson University should NOT use the online WPUNJ Apply system. To receive full consideration, all application materials, including official transcripts, which have been verified in PSYCAS, official GRE score reports, and three (3) letters of recommendation must be complete in PSYCAS by January 1, 2020. We only review COMPLETE AND VERIFIED applications.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take several weeks or longer for all official transcripts to be received, processed, and verified by PsyCAS. Please start your application early, and request official transcripts and GRE score reports no later than Dec 1, 2019. The university is closed Dec 23, 2019-Jan 2, 2020 and will be unable to answer admissions or application questions during this time.

To learn more about the Psy.D. program

  • Click here to see our brochure
  • Webinar with Dr. Cascardi, click here
  • For program information email:
  • Have questions? Contact Dr. Uzma Ali, here or Dr. Michele Cascardi, here

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.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2020

Applications for Fall 2020 will open September 12, 2019. To receive full consideration, all application materials, including all official transcripts verified in PSYCAS, GRE official score reports, and recommendation letters must be received by the deadline, January 1, 2020. It may take several weeks or longer for all transcripts to be received processed, and verified. We only review COMPLETE AND VERIFIED applications.

Admission Decisions

The admissions committee begins interviewing applicants in early February, typically the first Thursday and Friday in February.

Admissions decisions are based primarily on academic credentials (GRE, GPA), letters of recommendation, and the perceived "fit" between a student's interests, interests of the program, and the interests of the core faculty member(s). Our selection process was developed as a way of establishing a close working relationship between faculty and students early in the program. This selection process also represents a commitment by the faculty to the progress and success of each student we accept. You will be notified via email regarding the final admissions decisions. While we wish we could provide individual feedback about the status of each application, we are unable to due to the large volume of applications. To check the status of your application documents, please log in to your PsyCAS account. 

Graduate Open House 

Please check here for Open House information.

Financial Support for Graduate Study

Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistantship opportunities will be available to select students with outstanding credentials. The assistantships provide tuition waivers and a stipend. Click here for details.

Teaching: Students holding M.A. or M.S. degree in psychology or a related-field may apply to teach as adjunct faculty to gain undergraduate teaching experience starting in the second year. Adjunct faculty also partial tuition remission and financial compensation.

Grants: Please contact the program regarding research, clinical, or training grants that may be available for student support.