Preparing tomorrow’s psychologists for a diverse world

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Admission and Application

Thank you for your interest in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University! We are no longer accepting applications for the class entering this fall 2017. The online application will be available in the spring.  The application deadline for applicants who plan to enroll in the fall of 2018 is December 1, 2017.  

Acceptance deposit for members of the incoming class of 2017 can be made using the following link: Acceptance Deposit

For more than 35 years, the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology has offered a doctoral program that is both stimulating and innovative, while integrating a curriculum based on the practitioner model with hands-on clinical experience. If you are looking for a clinical psychology program that not only provides you with the skills to become a highly competent psychologist, but will enhance you personally, professionally and intellectually, then we invite you to look no further.

Please contact us if you are interested in our program or have questions at

Our Director of Admissions, Audwin Jones, can be reached at (937) 775-3492.

Click to view:  Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data - includes Program Costs


Admission Requirements

photo of dean james and a studentApplicants applying to the School of Professional Psychology must have a B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree in Psychology or a related field from an accredited university or college, and carry a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Admission Materials consist of:

  • Admission Application
  • Three recommendation forms and three letters of recommendation (part of the online application) - Those who provide recommendation should come from professional, academic, and/or clinical settings.
  • An autobiographical statement (two to three typed, double spaced pages) that provides the committee insight into the personal characteristics that you believe are important to the practice of psychology and how your goals match the mission of our school (part of the online application)
  • Official Transcripts* from each college you have attended, including Wright State University.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (part of the online application)
  • $50 Application Fee (nonrefundable)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: Use SOPP Code: 1179. The GRE General Test is required for all applicants. Competitive GRE scores are at the 50th percentile or above.
  • a. Applicants who are not psychology majors are required to take the psychology advanced subject test.  
  • b. Applicants who are psychology majors and have a psychology GPA of 3.3 or above are not required to take the psychology advanced subject test.                        

The Admissions Application deadline for Fall 2018 consideration is December 1, 2017. All required application information must be received on or before December 1. 

*Please be sure to send your transcripts to the address below. Do NOT send them to the WSU Graduate School. The SOPP is not responsible for misdirected transcripts.

*Please send your official transcripts to:

Wright State University – SOPP Admissions
110 Health Science Building
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001



It is strongly recommended that prerequisite coursework be taken in a department of psychology within the past five (5) years.


  • Introductory Psychology: Introduction to basic concepts in the study of behavior
  • Introductory Statistics: Application of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and hypothesis testing
  • Physiological Psychology: Physiological mechanisms of behavior
  • Abnormal Psychology: Overview of facts and theories pertaining to abnormal behavior
  • Research Methods: Introduction to the design and execution of behavioral studies

Strongly recommended

  • Developmental Psychology: Survey of theory, research, and methodological issues in the study of human development
  • Learning Theory: Survey of cognitive processes, with emphasis on learning and memory systems
  • Personality Theory: Review of contemporary theories of personality and associated research methodology
  • Social Psychology: Survey of current theories and experimental findings regarding the determinants of social behavior
  • Theory of Tests & Measurements: Introduction to the construction and use of formal tests and scales, with special emphasis on the utilization of standardized tests