Admission to the Psy.D. Program



No new applications are currently accepted for Fall 2019 Admission. 

  • April 15, 2019: Deadline for Admitted Applicants’ Decisions

Applications for Fall 2020 Admission will be available September, 2019. Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at William Paterson University of New Jersey (WPUNJ) should NOT use the online WUPNJ Apply system. For information on PSYCAS, the system applicants should use, please read the information on the “What is PSYCAS?” 

To learn more about the Psy.D. program

  • Click here to see our brochure 
  • Watch WEBINAR click here with Graduate Program Director, Dr. Michele Cascardi
  • 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 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?
    • 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 current resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.), which includes clinical, research and/or human services 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

Applications for Fall 2019 are no longer being accepted. To receive full consideration, all application materials, including official transcripts, GRE score reports, and recommendation letters MUST be received by the deadline.

Thank you for applying to the Psy.D. program in clinical psychology at William Paterson University. 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 individual 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 your 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. 

Upcoming Events

 2019 Graduate Open House

Please check back for summer dates later this spring.

Light refreshments will be served.  More details on the location and registration of the event will be available later. Click here to register. 

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. 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.