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Admissions Requirements

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three credit hours in research and evaluation or statistics prior to the start of the specialist program. Additional criteria reviewed will include the following:

  • relevant experience, professional accomplishment, or exceptional credentials
  • the quality of the applicant's written statement of professional experiences
  • professional/faculty letters of recommendation
  • personal interview
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To be considered for admission to graduate study in the specialist (Psy.S.) program in school psychology, all applicants are required to present evidence of scholastic ability, significant interest in the area of school psychology, interpersonal sensitivity, personal stability, and sound moral character. The school psychologist is required to interact with children of various ages, parents, teachers, and a variety of school personnel. Interpersonal effectiveness, including maturity, flexibility, and professionalism must be demonstrated by the applicants.

An applicant who meets the following criteria, in addition to the above minimum requirements for admission, may be considered for acceptance into the program as a degree-seeking student.

  • A bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Non-refundable application fee of U.S. $50
  • A 3.0 GPA based upon the last 2 years of undergraduate study preferred or a 3.4 GPA from a regionally accredited graduate program in psychology, education, or a related field based on a minimum of 18 credit hours
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a preferred combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or higher, or a 40th percentile score or better on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (Please see GRE requirements statement below.)
  • Completion of 3 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in research and evaluation or statistics

GRE Requirement for Winter and Fall 2022 Semesters

In order to support our applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Psychology has decided to make the following changes for those applying for admission to the Fall 2022 semester (Doctoral and Specialist programs) or Winter 2022 (Specialist program, Tampa). 

  • Effective immediately, GRE scores ARE NOT required for admission to the following programs: 
Specialist Program
School Psychology Psy.S. 
Doctoral Programs
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychology Psy.D. 
School Psychology Psy.D. 


Doctoral program applicants who do not hold the bachelor’s degree in psychology must have a minimum of 18 credit hours in psychology OR they may submit the Psychology Subject Test of the GRE with a score of 600 or better. (Please note that due to COVID-19, the subject area is not currently being offered).

These changes are temporary and only for Fall 2022 doctoral program applicants and for Winter and Fall 2022 School Psychology Specialist program applicants.

Questions about this update should be directed to or (954) 262-7563.

An applicant who does not meet one or more of the criteria for the degree-seeking status listed above, but has a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution, may be considered on the basis of relevant, professional, or exceptional experience or accomplishment (e.g., a permanent teaching certificate), as determined by the admissions committee.

The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess-with or without reasonable accommodation-multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities and intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center's student handbooks.

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 desired. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.

Students 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 student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.

Please note that NSU reserves the right to rescind or place conditions upon admissions offers should information become available that calls into question an admitted student’s academic performance or character, including that which reflects a violation of NSU’s Code of Student Conduct.

During the admissions process, all prospective students are required to disclose convictions of any criminal offense in any city, state, or country, other than minor traffic offenses. Prospective students are required to disclose any time they have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to a criminal offense; had adjudication of guilty withheld for a criminal offense; participated in a first-offender or pretrial diversion program, or its equivalent, or committed any offense where the records have been sealed or expunged, including criminal offense committed as a juvenile. Driving under the influence is not a minor traffic offense for purposes of this policy. Prospective students also are required to disclose any pending criminal charges filed against them and disclose if they are currently incarcerated or will be incarcerated upon or during enrollment at NSU. Subsequent to submission of admission applications, prospective students have a continuing duty to disclose all of the above. Failure to disclose, omitting, or providing false information relating to any of the above may result in rescission of admissions offers or disciplinary action against a student, up to and including dismissal from NSU.

While enrolled at NSU, students have a continuing duty to disclose all of the above, along with any arrest or pending criminal charges within 10 days of any arrest or charges being filed. Students must notify the assistant dean for Student Development of any arrests or pending criminal charges. A failure to timely disclose any arrests or pending criminal charges may result in disciplinary actions against a student up to and including dismissal from NSU.

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