Admission Requirements and Application

Valerie Parker, fourth year student

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 provides you with the skills to become a highly competent psychologist and will enhance you personally, professionally and intellectually, then we invite you to apply. 

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.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data - includes Program Costs (PDF)

Admission Process for Fall 2018

Applicants 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. All required prerequisite coursework must be taken from an accredited department of psychology within the past five (5) years. Also, these courses should be completed by the end of spring term 2018. 

Required Prerequisite Courses

  • 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 and Measurements: Introduction to the construction and use of formal tests and scales, with special emphasis on the utilization of standardized tests.

Application Materials include:

  • Admission Application (Available through our online web portal.)
  • Three recommendation forms and three letters of recommendation which are part of the online application to be uploaded by recommenders. Those who provide recommendations should come from professional, academic, and/or clinical settings.
  • An autobiographical statement (two to three typed, double spaced pages) that provides the selection 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 which is part of the online application to be uploaded by applicant.
  • Official Transcripts* from each college you have attended, including Wright State University.  We request that all transcripts be sent to the following:
  • 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.
    • Applicants who are not psychology majors are required to take the psychology advanced subject test.
    • 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 Wright State Graduate School. The SOPP is not responsible for misdirected transcripts.

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