At the University of San Francisco, PsyD students are trained to translate thought into action, through practice-oriented training that emphasizes the mental, emotional, and physical health needs of underserved communities.
Stressing clinical practice, the program prepares doctoral students to work as health service psychologists in a variety of community health settings. Graduates will be proficient in the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of integrated, behavioral health interventions while sensitive to contextual, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic environments of individuals and communities.
A practice-oriented Doctor of Psychology program grounded in scientific research; students are placed in real-world clinical scenarios for observation and experience
Work with marginalized populations and improve patient outcomes in integrated healthcare settings
Supportive faculty focused on student mentorship and a diverse, dynamic student body
Admission is based on the overall fit for each applicant. Applications are open for candidates from both Psychology backgrounds and other fields who have taken certain pre-requisite courses.
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Based in Jesuit values, the USF PsyD program's mission is to offer a rigorous program of study that emphasizes clinical and scholarly work with underserved populations and focuses on training culturally responsive health service psychologists to work in interprofessional, integrated behavioral health settings.
Program Features & Delivery
The program consists of four (4) years of academic study, including three (3) years of practicum training (1500-2000 hours), a clinical dissertation, and a fifth-year internship (1500-2000 hours applied toward licensure).
Admission is for the fall semester only, with year-round study during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Some courses may be taken jointly with students in the Master of Public Health and the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs, and occasionally with students in other USF schools and colleges.
Transfer credit may be given for courses taken at other accredited institutions that are substantially equivalent to those offered in the PsyD Program up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.
The length of the PsyD Program is four years of full-time academic coursework plus one year of full-time internship (or two years of part-time internship). The residency requirements of the program are as follows: Four years of full-time academic study plus one year full-time or two years part-time internship prior to receiving the doctoral degree. Three of the required four academic training years must be completed within the USF PsyD Program, a minimum of one year of which must be in full-time residence at the USF PsyD Program.
The PsyD Program builds upon the foundation of coursework obtained during undergraduate and/or graduate education as well as relevant prior experiences.
Admission decisions are based on the overall fit of each applicant to the mission and aims of the USF PsyD program. The Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive review of all application materials with particular regard for the breadth and depth of an applicant's background based on the personal statement, prior clinical and research experiences, and letters of recommendation. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Psychology Subject Test, and a review of the undergraduate and, where relevant, graduate transcripts provide an indication of an applicant's general knowledge and ability to succeed in the program.
To contact current students in the PsyD Program with general inquiries related to the student experience, please e-mail: email@example.com.
All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the School of Nursing and Health Professions accepts mailed materials.
Admission requirements, including prerequisites, may be in-progress at the time of application, but if applicants are admitted, they must show evidence of completing all requirements prior to enrolling in the program. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible with any questions regarding the admission requirements.
Admission decisions are based on the overall fit of each applicant to the mission and aims of the USF PsyD program. The Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive review of all application materials with particular regard for the breadth and depth of an applicant's background based on the personal statement, prior clinical and research experiences, and letters of recommendation.
Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Psychology Subject Test, and a review of the undergraduate transcript, and, where relevant, graduate transcripts provide an indication of an applicant's general knowledge and ability to succeed in the program.
Applications that successfully pass the initial Admissions Committee review are invited to attend the PsyD Program Interview Day.
THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE CONSIDERED IN THE REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS FOR FALL ENTRY:
Completed Online application and fee.
Completion of a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology from an accredited institution, within the last seven (7) years. —OR—Completion of a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution, and completion of at least three (3) of the following undergraduate or graduate courses with a grade of B or better, within the last seven (7) years:
Research methods (required)—and at least two (2) of the following courses:—
Lifespan Development (this course must cover the entire lifespan, or multiple courses may be considered to satisfy this requirement)
Theories of Personality/Theories of Psychotherapy
Note: Prerequisite courses may be taken at a variety of institutions. We strongly recommend that you contact graduate admissions in advance of submitting your application to ensure that the courses you have taken, or in which you are planning to enroll, will satisfy the prerequisite coursework requirements for your application.
Recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate major and overall)
Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Note that missing transcripts will delay review of your application, even if other application materials have been submitted.
Please upload electronic copies of unofficial transcripts through the online application and ensure that they include your name, the name of the institution, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA.
Transcripts that are not legible or that are copied and pasted onto Word documents will not be accepted.
Transcripts that are from non-English speaking institutions should be translated into English.
Official transcripts will be required of applicants who are admitted to the program.
GRE General Test and Psychology Subject Test Scores Reports
core reports should reflect exam dates from within the last five (5) years. If you have not yet taken the exam(s) at the time of application, please indicate the anticipated date(s) of the exam(s) on your application. These dates must be before the beginning of the Fall semester in which you intend to enroll if admitted.
Please note the GRE General Test and the Psychology Subject Test may be waived if the student is transferring from another doctoral program. The Psychology Subject Test may be waived if the student has a Master's in Psychology.
The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. The GRE General Test is offered many times throughout the year, the Psychology Subject Test is typically only offered three (3) times a year in September, October, and April, so we recommend that you plan accordingly.
Three (3) letters of recommendation:
At least two (2) of which are from faculty members and/or individuals who have evaluated your academic performance and ability to successfully complete a doctoral program in psychology.
Strong letters will address the applicant's academic strengths, personal character, and potential for professional growth in the field of clinical psychology.
Enter the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders on the online application form; they will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions for uploading their letter. Letters sent through e-mail or by the applicant will not be accepted.
Please provide ample notice to your letter writers to ensure that they submit their letter prior to the application deadline. Applications will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until all letters of recommendation are received.
A curriculum vitae (a professional resume may be submitted instead, as long as relevant experiences supporting your application are highlighted).
A personal statement of interest: The profession of clinical psychology requires individual and interpersonal competencies in addition to academic preparation. Interpersonal attributes and skills are taken into consideration in assessing an individual's qualifications for admission. The admissions committee gives careful attention to an applicant's personal statement both in terms of content (e.g. past experiences, future goals), as well as writing style, clarity, grammar, and conciseness.
Personal statement prompt: In 1000 words or less, please write a self-reflective essay describing your ultimate goals as a licensed psychologist, including how your personal and professional experiences have contributed to your decision to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In addition, please specifically address how your background, interests, and goals align with the University of San Francisco's PsyD program and its overall mission.
Note: You are encouraged to talk about any unique experiences you have had in serving underrepresented populations or any life experience that has influenced your decision to become a psychologist focused on serving underrepresented populations.
For international students only:
Certification of Finances form or Letter of Support
Bank statement(s) that indicate funds for the total costs
A copy of passport copy
English Language Exam: Official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores
International Transcripts: Your transcripts need to be in the original language of your university, AND in English translation.
Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, you will:
Have a broad knowledge of scientific psychology; engage in evidence-based conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of human problems using individual, developmental, contextual, and sociocultural perspectives; and focus on the delivery of interprofessional, integrated healthcare with underserved populations.
Have a broad scientific knowledge base and employ scientific principles to consume, produce, and disseminate psychological research, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
Possess professional values and attitudes; strong communication, collaboration, and consultation abilities; and self-awareness and reflective practice skills.