SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY
Faculty, students, and staff in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community strive to become a
community of learners: (1) Guided by faith. Exploring the implications of vital expressions of Christian faith
for the human condition, as well as for emotional and relational healing and health. (2) Rooted in academic
discipline. Fostering rigorous and creative learning environments, as well as contributing primary
scholarship to the scientific study of psychological and social processes. (3) Committed to service.
Grounding our learning community in the theory, research, and application of our disciplines in order to
produce skilled graduates who can serve with character and competence in a broken world; nurturing
creative partnerships with our local community and beyond in order to serve in and learn from socially and
culturally diverse settings.
As a community of scholars and professionals who embrace a broad Christian worldview, we are committed
to developing psychologists who accomplish the following:
- Integrate the findings of scientific psychology with the interpersonal skills and sensitivity necessary
for effective clinical practice.
- Incorporate biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives into the science and practice of the discipline.
- Appreciate and respect the inherent diversity that characterizes individuals and groups.
- Embrace a vocation of service to individuals, families, and their communities.
The doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology is a full-time, five-year, integrated and organized
sequence of studies and practice experiences based on the "local clinical-scientist" model of training. The
local clinical-scientist embodies and expands upon the original scientist-practitioner model of clinical
psychology. Research and clinical practice are balanced in the curriculum, and our graduates function in
various roles as healthcare clinicians, university scholars, program directors, and supervisors.
Coursework is grounded in empirical literature that examines the interplay among biological, psychological,
and social factors related to human adjustment; this biopsychosocial perspective infuses all aspects of the
doctoral curriculum and training experiences. Perspectives on diversity are incorporated throughout the
curriculum, addressing individual and group differences and the implications of diversity for the ethical and
effective practice of clinical psychology. And, in our view, a full appreciation of diversity includes spiritual
and religious factors as well. Additionally, both faculty and students are committed to a vocation of service
SEQUENCE OF STUDY
To graduate with the Ph.D., each student must complete 204 quarter units of courses, which
include 32 units of dissertation; two one-year, part-time practicum placements; and a full-time one-year
internship. A master of arts in psychology (M.A.; the first two years of 77 quarter credits) is earned en route
to the doctorate. The following is the typical required sequence for completion of the doctoral degree within five
years of admission.
GENERAL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
The program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is
January 15. Listed below is a brief outline of University and program requirements for admission to clinical
psychology doctoral studies. For detailed information on admission, please visit The Graduate Center Web
site at www.spu.edu/graduate. You may also request an application packet by email at
email@example.com, or by phone at 206.281.2091 or 800.601.0603.
- Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and prior to admission with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. An
undergraduate major in psychology is preferable. However, applicants whose bachelor's degrees are not in psychology may wish to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Psychology Subject Test to demonstrate adequate knowledge of general psychology. All applicants should have successfully
completed a statistics or tests and measurements course, as well as at least five other psychology
courses prior to application from among the following: abnormal, developmental, experimental,
physiological, social, learning, motivation, or personality.
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. A minimum score of 1100 for the combined verbal
and quantitative sections of the GRE is preferred. The test must have been administered within five
years of the deadline date for application to the program. The Psychology Subject Test of the GRE
(PGRE) is not required, but may be advantageous for applicants without a
psychology bachelor's degree.
- Applicants will submit three letters of recommendation, one professional reference from a person in
a related field (e.g., clinical supervisor), one academic reference from a former professor or
instructor, and one personal recommendation (e.g., any professional but not a member of the
Note: Please use the forms included in the application, being sure to follow the
- Applicants must submit a typed personal statement. Generally, statements should be three to four pages in length. Please address career objectives, rationale for seeking a degree in clinical psychology and why you choose to attend SPU. Mention professional and personal strengths as they apply to clinical psychology, related work experiences, research interests, personal values, religious ideals, and other information you deem appropriate. Note: Preference is shown to those applicants who possess potential for both clinical and scientific work, as demonstrated by prior work or volunteer experiences.
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and obtain a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.
- Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide an official confidential
statement of financial support covering each year of intended enrollment. This is necessary in order
to issue the paperwork for an I-20 immigration form. Documentation must be included in the
The Admissions Committee of the Department of Graduate Psychology (DGP) will conduct a preliminary
screening process. Finalists will be invited to come to campus for personal interviews in late February or
early March. Admission to the doctoral program depends upon recommendation by the DGP faculty and
approval from the chair of the department.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students with a master's degree, or those who have taken other graduate coursework in psychology at a
regionally accredited institution, may be allowed to transfer up to 20 quarter units. Students must submit
syllabi of any courses for which they request transfer of credit. Courses accepted for transfer must have
been passed at a grade of B or higher and completed within seven years of transfer. Any transfer credit
petitions should be submitted only after formal admission to the program.
Note: Additional details regarding the requirements of our clinical psychology doctoral program can be found in the Doctoral Student Handbook, Clinical Training Guidelines, and Research and Dissertation Guidelines available from the Department of Graduate Psychology.
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