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Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide the following information for admission to Capella programs and specializations.

  • Master's degree in psychology or a related from an institution accredited by a U.S.Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.
  • Your official master's transcripts, minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A combined score of 1,000 on the GRE General Test is also acceptable.
  • 3 letters of recommendation completed by professionals in psychology who can assess your aptitude for doctoral education in psychology.
  • An extended goal statement and writing sample.
  • Your résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee. Fee is required to initiate an application for admission and must be paid as part of the application process. The fee covers the cost of transcript requests, transcript evaluation and other administrative costs.
  • After submitting admission materials, applicants may be required to take part in a faculty interview for assessment of professionalism and academic fit to the program.
  • GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.

Recommendation Requirements

Appropriate references include psychologists, psychiatrists, psychology faculty or psychology supervisors. Letters from peers or coworkers are not accepted. Each letter should be on letterhead and signed, referencing your full name and program of interest, and should include the following points:

  • Relationship and length of time known
  • Current position and how it relates to the applicant’s role
  • Degrees, certifications, licenses, professional affiliations
  • Comments on the applicant’s ability to successfully complete a rigorous PsyD program
  • Description of the applicant’s personality, interaction with others, and demeanor, if possible in relation to supervision

Extended Goal Statement Requirements

This statement should describe your interest in becoming a professional psychologist, including your goals, objectives, and plans as they pertain to obtaining a doctoral degree. You should discuss the way in which you intend to utilize that degree after graduation. You should also address how additional education, beyond your current credentials, will help you to meet your goals.

You are asked to produce one statement that represents your best writing efforts:

  • Between 500 and 1,000 words
  • Accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Ideas should be well organized and should adequately address the question posed

Writing Sample Requirements

The admissions committee seeks to understand your potential as a professional psychologist in terms of your ability to write clearly and communicate your thoughts effectively.

You are asked to produce one writing sample that represents your best writing efforts:

  • Between 500 and 1,000 words
  • Accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Ideas should be well organized and should adequately address the question posed

CV/ Résumé Requirements

Your professional résumé or curriculum vitae must be prepared specifically for this application in Microsoft Word and should demonstrate career progression, leadership and overall achievements. The up-to-date résumé should cover:

  • Your professional work experience
  • Volunteering experience
  • Certifications, training, and special awards

The résumé should have a professional, easy-to-read appearance and be checked for spelling errors.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5942, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

International Student Requirements

You are considered an international applicant if you completed your highest degree outside of the U.S., regardless of where you currently live. International applications include all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who have completed their most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the U.S.

In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:

  • Minimum scores and acceptable tests for proof of English proficiency
  • Transcript evaluation

Learn more about international student admissions.

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