Admission Requirements and Application Process

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Admission Requirements

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 Courses

  • Developmental Psychology: Survey of theory, research, and methodological issues in the study of human development.
  • Personality Theory: Review of contemporary theories of personality and associated research methodology.
  • 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.

Admissions Process

Anticipating a November 2022 Psy.D. Degree application deadline. All applications that have been started must be submitted by this date to be considered for Fall Semester 2022. The SOPP section of the PSYCAS should be will be open by August.

  • Update your browser before starting the application.
  • Create an account at PSYCAS once application site is open. (Submit your completed application no later than the November deadline.) 
  • Select the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University from the list of available programs. (PSYCAS charges a standard fee of $65.00 to apply to the first program through their portal, and $35.00 for each additional program.) PSYCAS fee waivers must be requested through PSYCAS.
  • Pay the SOPP $50.00 application processing fee. This fee is non-refundable and in addition to PSYCAS fees. Pay the SOPP application processing fee here.
  • Follow instructions through the PSYCAS portal to complete your online application. Be sure to include each of the application materials listed below.
  • Review and submit your completed application.
  • Following the review of SOPP Faculty and the Selection Committee, all applicants will be notified by email to update them on their status. Notifications will go out by mid-January.
  • Interviews will take place in early February.
  • Offers of admission and notices of alternate status will be sent by email sometime in March 2022.

Application Materials

(Please submit through PSYCAS, not directly to the SOPP admissions office.)

  • Update your browser before starting the application.
  • Create an account at PSYCAS and submit your completed application no later than the November 2021 deadline. 
  • $50.00 SOPP application processing fee. This fee is non-refundable and in addition to PSYCAS fees. Pay the SOPP application processing fee here. SOPP fee waivers must be requested through SOPP.
  • B.A., B.S., or Graduate degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Evidence of successful completion of the following required prerequisite courses: (C grade or better)
    1. Introductory Psychology
    2. Abnormal Psychology
    3. Physiological Psychology
    4. Basic Statistics
    5. Research Methods
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Aptitude Test.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from the Psychology Advanced Subject Test. (Only if the highest degree is not in psychology, or psychology GPA is below a 3.3)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, even if a degree was not awarded. (This includes Wright State University transcripts.) Transcript request forms are available from PSYCAS during the application completion process. All official transcripts should be sent directly to PSYCAS.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation submitted through the PSYCAS application portal.
  • A diversity statement. (Approximately 500 words)
  • A personal statement. (Approximately 500 words)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.

International Applicants

You will be asked to provide copies of a valid passport and proof of financial ability to pay. Visit the Wright State University Center for International Education (UCIE) website for more information. 

International applicants whose native language is not English, or who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution, must demonstrate English proficiency by achieving a minimum score from one of these tests:

  • TOEFL IBT – 79
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 57

SOPP Culture

The SOPP culture is committed to excellence and innovation in the practice of Health Service Psychology based on the best psychological science. Faculty and students demonstrate outstanding academic achievements and are proactive members within the SOPP community and the communities we serve. Our program values integrity, social justice, and cultural humility in all of its interactions.

Following are GPA and GRE mean scores for students entering SOPP from 2015–2019 (five years):

  • Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.6
  • Mean Verbal GRE average:153
  • Mean Quantitative GRE Score: 148
  • Mean Writing GRE Score: 4.2

Following are Internship Match-Rate Summaries from 2016–2019 (four years):

  • 2019 = 100% Match-rate (100% APA sites...)
  • 2018 = 96% Match-rate (96% APA sites...)
  • 2017 = 100% Match-rate (100% APA sites...)
  • 2016 = 100% Match-rate (100% APA sites...)

We practice a holistic application review process that considers the unique qualities each applicant presents. In short, we work to assemble a class consistent with the mission of the school.

Applicants with Disabilities

Any otherwise qualified applicant with a disability may request reasonable accommodation regarding the application process and services as a prospective student. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be submitted to the Office of Disability Services online or by contacting the office at 937-937-5680 for additional information. 

Students are encouraged to make accommodation request as early as possible so we can ensure the appropriate accommodations/adjustments are in place. Another helpful resource can be found here: The American Psychological Association’s Resource Guide for Psychology Graduate Students with Disabilities.