Admission Requirements and Application Process

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Admission Requirements

Applicants applying to the School of Professional Psychology must:

  • Have a B.A., B.S., or master's degree from an accredited university or college
  • Carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

Required Prerequisite Courses

All required prerequisite coursework must be taken from an accredited 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.
  • Personality Theory: Review of contemporary theories of personality and associated research methodology.
  • Abnormal Psychology: Overview of facts and theories pertaining to abnormal behavior.
  • Research Methods: Introduction to the design and execution of behavioral studies.

Strongly Recommended Courses

  • 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.
  • Social Psychology: Survey of current theories and experimental findings regarding the determinants of social behavior.
  • Theory of Tests and Measurements: Introduction to the construction and use of formal tests and scales, with special emphasis on the utilization of standardized tests.

How to Apply

SOPP Application Materials Checklist

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Monday, December 3, 2018, is our application deadline. All applications that have been started must be submitted by this date to be considered for Fall Semester 2019. We encourage you to complete and submit your application one month prior to the deadline.


Admission portal

Follow the link to our online application portal. You will be asked to create a user profile the first visit that will allow you to return as often as you need until you are ready to submit the completed application. We process only submitted applications. 



Prerequisite course fulfillment document

Download the prerequisite course fulfillment document here and upload the completed version in the application portal.


Letters of recommendation and rating forms

Your letter of recommendation providers will receive an email from our office describing their role in the application process.  They will need to compose a letter of recommendation AND complete a rating form.  Recommenders will then be asked to upload these documents. They should contact the office of admissions if there are questions.


An autobiographical statement (approximately two to three pages in length, single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman)

This statement MUST contain comments or reflections on awareness of issues of diversity, and interest in exploring diversity issues, but may also contain one or a combination of the following: Your family background, personal and career goals, dedication to human concerns, ability to interact effectively, motivation for wanting to become a psychologist and/or reasons for your interest in the School of Professional Psychology. This statement should provide the committee with insight into the personal characteristics you believe are important to the practice of psychology and how your goals match the mission of the SOPP.  


Official transcripts

Submit transcripts from each college you have attended, including Wright State University. All transcripts, if not sent electronically, should be sent to:

Wright State Universtiy
SOPP Admissions
110 Health Sciences
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435


Resume or curriculum vitae

A resume or curriculum vitae must also be uploaded as a part of the online application.


$50 application processing fee

There is a $50.00 application fee that is non-refundable.


Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores

There is no guarantee that a GRE score from a November test will arrive ahead of the application deadline in early December. Please, plan accordingly. The School of Professional Psychology GRE Code is 1179.

  • Applicants who are not psychology majors are required to take the GRE psychology advanced subject test.
  • Applicants who are psychology majors with a psychology GPA of 3.3 or above are not required to take the psychology advanced subject test.