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Admissions Requirements

All candidates, regardless of their route to admission will be selected based upon the evaluation of the following criteria:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (must be awarded prior to beginning the doctoral program). Applicants with a specialist degree(s) in school psychology will only be considered if they are graduates from the specialist program in school psychology at NSU’s College of Psychology to ensure consistency in the attainment of the program goals, objectives, and competencies. 
  2. A minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.5 graduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on a minimum of 18 semester hours that must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to beginning the doctoral program.
  3. Eighteen semester hours of coursework in psychology.
  4. Three credit hours in statistics (examples of acceptable statistics courses include Introduction to Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Statistical Methods in Psychology, Inferential Statistics, and Quantitative Psychology). A course in research methods/design will not satisfy this requirement.
  5. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores. A combination score greater than 1000 (or 297 on the revised scoring scale) for GRE verbal and quantitative is preferred. The GRE Psychology test is recommended, but not required.
  6. Statement of professional goals.
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts).
  8. Curriculum vitae/resume.
  9. Three academic or professional letters of reference.
  10. Prospective students who meet the above requirements must also be selected to be interviewed in order to determine appropriateness for the program.

The standards required for admission reflect concern for the safety and well-being of clients whom its graduates will eventually serve in clinical/school situations. Candidates for the degree must possess, with or without reasonable accommodation, multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities. Moreover, intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity are similarly crucial for success. The above pre-requisites are necessary for an applicant to be considered for a doctoral program. Higher GPA and GRE scores indicating greater potential to complete doctoral-level work, will enhance an application. Other factors considered include: (1) previous courses taken, (2) previous clinical and research experience, (3) evidence of interest in psychology, (4) the applicant's personal statement, and (5) letters of recommendation.

Routes to Admission*

The Psy.D. program requires a minimum of a three-year, full-time academic residency (or the equivalent thereof). The doctoral program has three routes to admission. Candidates may apply:

  1. following completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree;
  2. following completion of all of the coursework (73 credit hours) with the exception of internship in the specialist program in school psychology at the College of Psychology; or
  3. following completion of the specialist program in school psychology at the College of Psychology.

It is important to note that specialist students and doctoral students share many of the same courses required for state of Florida certification as a school psychologist and national standards consistent with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As such, there is considerable overlap between the two programs. Regardless of the route to admission, all candidates must complete at minimum two years of doctoral coursework at the institution and one year of doctoral internship. A sample model curriculum for each route to admission is provided in the Doctoral Program in School Psychology Policies and Procedures Handbook.

*The program does not recognize degrees from other institutions.

The following information is required as part of the application:

  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Application fee of $50 (in U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University. Once the application is completed and the application processing fee has been received by NSU, students will be able to upload supplemental documents to Supplemental Documents on their user profile.
  3. Statement of Professional Goals.
  4. Curriculum Vita or Resume
  5. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation. Once the application processing fee has been received, students will be able to put in Recommender's Email Addresses. They will receive an email with a link to the student's application, where the recommender will fill out the form electronically and upload the recommendation letter.
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended need to be mailed directly to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS), including agency evaluation of foreign degrees for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts). International Students should visit http://www.nova.edu/internationalstudents/ for further information. *
  7. GRE scores (GRE Code: 5516)
  8. National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), state certification, and/or state license - submit photocopies of each (Advanced Standing Applicants Only).
  9. International Student applicants should submit English proficiency scores, if applicable. International Students should visit http://www.nova.edu/internationalstudents/prospective/i20.html for further information.*
Please mail transcripts to:
Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: College of Psychology
3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905
For International Students:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Official electronic transcripts must be sent to electronictranscript@nova.edu
NOTE: EXTERNAL INSTITUTIONS ONLY.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, call (954) 262-7563 / 800-541-6682, 27563 (a-s-k-m-e), or email to gradschool@nova.edu.

International Students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Students Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or by email at intl@nova.edu.

How to Apply

To access a step-by-step guide on the application process, click here.

After the files are reviewed, a select group of eligible applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview, typically held in March. You will be notified by the Office of Admissions if you are selected to attend Interview Day. An in-person interview is required for admission.

All transfer credits must be awarded during the candidate’s first academic year in the doctoral program. Consideration will be given only to graduate level courses taken within the past five years and before beginning coursework in the doctoral program. A request for transfer credit for first semester courses must be made by July 15. Request for all other transfer credit must be made by October 15 of the year in which candidates enter the program.

Candidates requesting transfer of credit must submit a written request for transfer along with supporting documentation to the doctoral program administration. The candidate must provide the Program Director with a syllabus and catalog description of courses for which transfer is sought. Faculty members evaluating transfer courses may require the candidate to provide further documentation and supporting material, such as class notes, and may request that they meet with the student to obtain clarification. The resulting evaluations are reviewed by the Chair of the Department of Clinical and School Psychology who makes the final determination.

Transfer credits are not taken into account when computing the candidate’s grade point average. The maximum number of transfer credits that will be applied toward graduation is fifteen (15).

Transfer of credits will be awarded when the course being evaluated meets all of the following criteria:

  1. It is a graduate level course taken at an accredited college or university as a post-baccalaureate student. A graduate course is defined as one that would be credited towards a post-bachelor’s degree at an institution where the course was taken. This must be verified in the school’s bulletin/catalog or a letter from the chair of the department and an official transcript.
  2. It is evaluated as equivalent in content to a course in the program’s required curriculum. Credit will not be awarded for electives.
  3. It was completed no longer than five years before first enrollment in this program.
  4. A grade of B or higher was received. A grade of P (Pass) or CR (Credit) or other such grades cannot be accepted as equivalent to B unless it can be officially verified as such.
  5. The candidate must successfully demonstrate competence to the evaluating faculty member for assessment, statistics, and research design courses.

It will be the responsibility of the candidate to demonstrate satisfactorily the equivalence of the course(s) proposed in order for credits to be awarded. Course work submitted from a foreign institution will be evaluated for equivalency in accordance with accreditation standards.

No transfer credit may be applied to meet the academic requirements for practica, internship, the culminating research project, or electives. No transfer credit may be applied to meet academic requirements in psychological foundations courses taken in a terminal masters program.

Federal Regulations require that veteran candidates MUST report all prior credit and training, and that the school MUST evaluate such and grant credit as appropriate, with training time and tuition reduced proportionately and with the Veterans Affairs and candidate so notified.

Credits earned at Nova Southeastern University are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the American Psychological Association, accepted applicants have until April 15 to respond to our offer, although earlier notification is welcomed. Applicants who accept our offer must send a required deposit of $1,000 by April 15 to secure their place in the program. This nonrefundable fee is credited toward the first semester's tuition. Applicants may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Candidates may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the candidate will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional candidate until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular candidate (i.e., all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Candidates who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $100 fee.

The university welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Applications are reviewed after all required documents have been received. No waivers of the admission policies stated above will be offered.

All transfer credits must be awarded during the candidate’s first academic year in the doctoral program. Consideration will be given only to graduate level courses taken within the past five years and before beginning coursework in the doctoral program. A request for transfer credit for first semester courses must be made by July 15. Request for all other transfer credit must be made by October 15 of the year in which candidates enter the program.

Candidates requesting transfer of credit must submit a written request for transfer along with supporting documentation to the doctoral program administration. The candidate must provide the Program Director with a syllabus and catalog description of courses for which transfer is sought. Faculty members evaluating transfer courses may require the candidate to provide further documentation and supporting material, such as class notes, and may request that they meet with the student to obtain clarification. The resulting evaluations are reviewed by the Chair of the Department of Clinical and School Psychology who makes the final determination.

Transfer credits are not taken into account when computing the candidate’s grade point average. The maximum number of transfer credits that will be applied toward graduation is fifteen (15).

Transfer of credits will be awarded when the course being evaluated meets all of the following criteria:

  1. It is a graduate level course taken at an accredited college or university as a post-baccalaureate student. A graduate course is defined as one that would be credited towards a post-bachelor’s degree at an institution where the course was taken. This must be verified in the school’s bulletin/catalog or a letter from the chair of the department and an official transcript.
  2. It is evaluated as equivalent in content to a course in the program’s required curriculum. Credit will not be awarded for electives.
  3. It was completed no longer than five years before first enrollment in this program.
  4. A grade of B or higher was received. A grade of P (Pass) or CR (Credit) or other such grades cannot be accepted as equivalent to B unless it can be officially verified as such.
  5. The candidate must successfully demonstrate competence to the evaluating faculty member for assessment, statistics, and research design courses.

It will be the responsibility of the candidate to demonstrate satisfactorily the equivalence of the course(s) proposed in order for credits to be awarded. Course work submitted from a foreign institution will be evaluated for equivalency in accordance with accreditation standards.

No transfer credit may be applied to meet the academic requirements for practica, internship, the culminating research project, or electives. No transfer credit may be applied to meet academic requirements in psychological foundations courses taken in a terminal masters program.

Federal Regulations require that veteran candidates MUST report all prior credit and training, and that the school MUST evaluate such and grant credit as appropriate, with training time and tuition reduced proportionately and with the Veterans Affairs and candidate so notified.

Credits earned at Nova Southeastern University are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.