PSY.D. Admissions

 

Psy.D. Application Form Psy.D. Recommendation Form
 
All materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

 

The minimum requirements for admission to the Psy.D. Program are as follows: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 12 undergraduate credits (four courses) in psychology, which must include General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, and one additional course in psychology, all completed with a minimum grade of B. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees must enter via the M.S./Psy.D. track. 
     
    OR
     
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  • Master’s degree in clinical and/or counseling psychology or a closely related field. These applicants may be eligible for admission directly to Year II of the Psy.D. program 

 

Eligibility to Apply to Year II with Advanced Standing 

To be eligible to apply to enter the program in Year II with Advanced Standing, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:  

  • Master’s degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or a closely related field. 
     
     
  • Completion of a supervised master's level field placement lasting at least two semesters for a total of 600 hours (if field placement occurred prior to 2011), or lasting at least three semesters for a total of 700 hours (if field placement occurred after 2011).    
     
     
  • Three 3-credit graduate-level courses that cover theories and techniques of psychotherapy, all completed with a grade of B or higher. Course syllabi must be submitted with the application. These courses are considered pre-requisites for Year II doctoral courses and are not counted towards the credit requirements for the Psy.D. degree.  
     
     
  • Both of the following:  
    •  One 3-credit graduate-level course in group therapy equivalent to PSYG 717 Group Therapy.    
    •  One 3-credit graduate-level course in multicultural issues in psychotherapy equivalent to PSYG 732 Culture and Gender in Psychotherapy    
     
  • Any TWO of the following criteria:  
    • One 3-credit graduate-level course in Psychopathology equivalent to PSYG 703.   
    • One 3-credit graduate-level course in Human Development equivalent to PSYG 704.   
    • Two 3-credit graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach.      
     
  • Any TWO of the following criteria: 
    • One 3-credit graduate-level course in Research Design equivalent to PSYG 712   
    • One 3-credit graduate-level course in Ethics that covers the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and that is equivalent to PSYG 713   
    • Two 3-credit graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach    
     

   

Applicants who do not meet all of the above criteria are not eligible for admission with Advanced Standing but may apply to enter at Year I.  

 

Transfer Credits

A catalog course description and syllabus is required for any course for which transfer credit is requested. Courses must be substantially similar in content and coverage to the corresponding course at Chestnut Hill College. Similarity is assessed by the faculty by comparing the syllabus to the syllabus of the course taught at Chestnut Hill College.  

 

To be considered for transfer credit, the course grade must be “B” or above. Online courses are not eligible for transfer credit. Only three-credit graduate-level courses for which letter grades were assigned are eligible for transfer. Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer. Courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of application to be eligible for transfer. 

 

The program will accept up to 21 transfer credits for foundational and elective courses at the master's level for students who are admitted to Year II and up to 12 transfer credits for students who are admitted to Year I. See the list below for courses eligible for transfer credit. 

 

For the following courses, transfer credit will be granted only if the student passes the corresponding Competency Examination:  

  • PSYG 703 Psychopathology   
  • PSYG 704 Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family   
  • PSYG 712 Research Design and Methodology   
  • PSYG 713 Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy   
  • For PSYG 708 (Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy) and 714 (A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents), transfer credit will be granted only if the student has completed two 3-credit graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach and the student passes the Competency Examination in Family Therapy.  

 

The program will also consider transferring up to 18 credits for courses at the 800 level and above if (1) the course was taken in another APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology and (2) the course was completed within seven years of enrollment at CHC. Transfer credit will not be given for internship. In order to transfer credits from practica, the applicant must submit a written evaluation by the practicum supervisor as well as a detailed accounting of the activities performed and the number of hours spent in each activity.  This material will be evaluated and a decision made by the Chair/ Director of Clinical Training and other members of the department. 

 

Procedure for Evaluating Course Equivalence 

  • Student submits a syllabus, catalog description, and official transcript showing the grade for the course for which transfer credit is requested. Course syllabi from the semester the courses were completed must be submitted with the application. Courses will not be considered for transfer if a syllabus is not provided.

  • This information is reviewed by the Chair or a designated member of the department faculty who has experience in the area covered by the course. 

  • The faculty member compares the syllabus and catalog description to the syllabus and catalog description of the corresponding course at Chestnut Hill College. If there is “substantial similarity,” which is defined by coverage overlap of 80% or more, and if the official transcript grade was B or above, the course is eligible for transfer credit. If either one of these criteria is not met, the course is not eligible for transfer credit. 

  • If it is not clear if the criteria for “substantial similarity” are met, then the reviewer will request that the student submit additional information, such as copies of the course texts or other readings, or copies of graded assignments, tests, or papers. In some instances the student may be required to obtain a written statement from the instructor of the course that explains in detail how the required content was covered in the course. 

 

Applicants who are deemed eligible to apply to the program with Advanced Standing according to the criteria specified above will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applicants who meet the admission criteria in effect at the time of application may be offered provisional admission to Year II with Advanced Standing, pending completion of the required Competency Examinations prior to matriculation.   

  

Competency Examinations are administered at Chestnut Hill College in May and June at a date to be announced. They are typically 2-3 hours in length. Applicants have one opportunity to pass each Competency Examination. Applicants who do not pass the Competency Examination on the first attempt will not be granted transfer credit for that course and must complete the course at Chestnut Hill College within their first year of enrollment.  

  

Applicants are eligible to take a Competency Examination only if they are able to transfer in an equivalent course or courses as determined by the criteria above. Eligibility for a Competency Examination is decided by the admissions committee. Students who are deemed ineligible for a Competency Examination must take the course at Chestnut Hill College. Passing grade on a Competency Examination is a grade of 80%.  

  

Applicants offered provisional admission to Year II with Advanced Standing will be granted Advanced Standing if and only if BOTH of the following criteria are met:   

  • The applicant meets TWO of the following criteria: 
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Psychopathology. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Psychopathology only if they have completed an equivalent graduate-level course in Psychopathology according to the criteria for determining equivalence described above.    
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Human Development. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Human Development only if they have completed an equivalent graduate-level course in Human Development according to the criteria for determining equivalence described above.   
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Family Therapy. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Family Therapy only if they have completed two 3-credit graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach.   
     
  •   The applicant meets TWO of the following criteria:
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Research Design. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Research Design only if they have completed an equivalent graduate-level course in Research Design according to the criteria for determining equivalence described above.    
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Ethics. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Ethics only if they have completed an equivalent graduate-level course in Ethics according to the criteria for determining equivalence described above.   
    • The applicant passes the Competency Examination in Family Therapy. Applicants are eligible to take the Competency Examination in Family Therapy only if they have completed two 3-credit graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy where a systemic focus is the treatment approach.  
     

 Applicants who were offered provisional admission with Advanced Standing who meet both criteria 1 and 2 after completion of the Competency Examinations will be granted Advanced Standing and permitted to enroll in Year II of the doctoral program. Transfer credit will be granted for courses according to the procedure described above. Applicants admitted with Advanced Standing may be required to take any of the following courses in addition to the Year II coursework: PSYG 703, 704, 708, 712, 713, 714, 717 (Group Therapy), 732 (Culture and Gender).  

   

Applicants who were offered provisional admission with Advanced Standing who do not meet both criteria 1 and 2 after completion of the Competency Examinations will not be granted Advanced Standing and will be offered the opportunity to enroll in Year I of the doctoral program. The program will consider accepting up to 12 transfer credits for these applicants.  
 
 

If the applicant declines the opportunity to enter Year I and decides not to enter the Psy.D. program, the admission deposit will not be refunded.   

Required application materials:

  • Application Form with non-refundable application fee 
  • Transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate college coursework 

    NOTE: Official transcripts should be sent to the applicant in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s name signed across the seal.  Do not open the official transcript envelopes.  If the seal has been broken, the transcript is no longer official and will not be accepted as part of the application packet.  

Standardized Test Scores

  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees and applicants with master's degrees from programs other than Chestnut Hill College must submit GRE General Test Scores.
  • Applicants with a master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College may submit either GRE General Test Scores or MAT Scores.
  • Test scores must have been taken within five years of the date of application.
  • TOEFL, TSE (Test of Spoken English), and TWE (Test of Written English) Required of all applicants for whom English is not the first language.  

 

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be from faculty members and/or clinical supervisors who are familiar with the applicant's skills and potential. At least one letter should pertain to the applicant's clinical  performance and/or potential, and at least one letter must pertain to the applicant's academic performance and potential. For applicants seeking advanced standing, one of the letters of recommendation must be an evaluation from a practicum supervisor or a supervisor at a work placement in a mental health setting. Complete and sign the top portion of the recommendation form before forwarding it to the individual who will provide your reference. Ask that the letter be returned to you in a sealed envelope. The person completing the recommendation should sign over the seal of the envelope flap. Do not open the sealed envelope when it has been returned to you. 
 

Personal Essay 

 

 

 

In an essay of approximately 1200 words (5 double-spaced pages), please address each of the following topics: 

  • What unique qualifications do you believe make you suited to a career in professional psychology? 
  • How does the Psy.D. Program at Chestnut Hill College fit with your professional goals? Please be as specific as possible. Discuss the match between your interests and those of the doctoral  faculty (see faculty biographies) 
  • One of the objectives of the Psy.D. Program is to foster “an understanding and appreciation of cultural factors relevant to the delivery of psychological services to a diverse client population.” Please discuss your background and interest in the topics of diversity and serving diverse populations, specifically addressing how you can contribute to the Psy.D. Program’s commitment to training students who will be competent to provide services to an increasingly diverse population of potential clients.  (The Program adopts APA’s definition of “diversity,” which includes but is not limited to the following characteristics: age, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.)  

Please note:  Essays will be evaluated both for content and for writing style.  

  

Personal Interview  

A personal interview with members of the faculty is required.  Invitation to the personal interview is extended to selected applicants after review of the submitted materials.  At the interview applicants will be required to disclose any past criminal history.  In some cases an applicant may be required to undergo a criminal background check.   

  

Transfer Credits 

A catalog course description and syllabus are required for any course for which the applicant wishes to request transfer credits. These materials must be submitted with the application if the applicant wishes to be considered for admission directly to Year II. Syllabi and course descriptions are not necessary for graduate courses completed at Chestnut Hill College. See the policy on Transfer Credits (above) for more information.  

  

Applicants currently enrolled in other doctoral programs: 

Applicants who currently attend or who previously attended another doctoral program must submit a letter from the Chair of the program indicating that the student either is in good standing or left the program in good standing.  A full application packet is required.  

 

Admissions Selection Criteria: 

Each of the above criteria (test scores, undergraduate GPA, master’s GPA, recommendations and writing) is assigned a point value.  Applicants whose overall total points meet the standards set by the program faculty are invited for an interview.  Admissions decisions are made after the interviews are completed.  Prior clinical experience, professional presentations, publications, and other indicators of achievement in the field of psychology will also be taken into consideration when evaluating applicants.  Following the interview, applicants may be offered a space in the entering class or a decision regarding acceptance or rejection may be deferred until a later date.  Applicants may also be placed on a waiting list, referred to the master’s program, or rejected. 

  

Application Deadline: 

The Psy.D. program accepts applicants for the fall semester only. The program accepts applicants to Year I on a rolling admission basis until the entering class is filled. Candidates applying to Year I are encouraged to submit their applications by January 15th. The application deadline for Year II is January 15th. All candidates whose applications are completed by January 15th will be notified of their status by April 15th. It is recommended that the applicant submit all materials except for the test scores as a complete packet. If that is not possible, the application form with fee must accompany the first materials submitted.  Incomplete application packets cannot be considered. 

 

Admission Deposits

Applicants who wish to accept an offer of admission must submit a deposit of $500 by April 15th. This deposit is non-refundable after April 15th. The deposit will be credited against the tuition for the first semester of enrollment. Applicants who fail to submit the required deposit on time will forfeit their place in the entering class.  

 
Questions about admissions to the Psy.D. program should be directed to:  

Jayne Mashett
Director of Graduate Admissions
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215.248.7020
mashettj@chc.edu