School of Professional Psychology

Admission Requirements and Application Process

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2022 Fall Open Houses

Welcome! We are excited that you are considering the PsyD Program at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP)! We have three open houses available for the fall semester. In-person open houses will be held in the Student Union Endeavour Room, from 6 to 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to meet some of our faculty and students and ask questions about the PsyD program. We are excited to meet you! View a printable flyer (PDF).

  • Tuesday, September 13 (in-person)
  • Thursday, October 6 (in-person)
  • Wednesday, November 2 (virtual; a link will be sent after registration)

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Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University!

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

Why should you consider the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State? Learn more about our outstanding faculty (PDF) and read quotes from some of our current and previous students!

"I picked SOPP because of its emphasis on diversity and the plethora of opportunities...SOPP always aims to back up its claims with actions."

- SOPP Student

Read more student perspectives (PDF)!

General Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited university prior to starting the program. You are not required to have completed your bachelors degree at the time of application.  
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA

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

The Psy.D. degree application window closes on Monday, November 21, 2022. All applications that have been started must be submitted during this time frame to be considered for Fall Semester 2023 via PSYCAS. The SOPP section of the PSYCAS will be open on Friday, September 9, 2022. Submit your completed application no later than the November deadline.

  1. Update your browser before starting the application.
  2. Create an account at PSYCAS. once the application site is open.
  3. Select the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University from the list of available programs.
  4. Please note, 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Follow instructions through the PSYCAS portal to complete your online application. Be sure to include each of the application materials listed below. Please note that all materials (e.g., transcripts, GRE scores…etc.) must be submitted into PSYCAS only. Please do not send these materials to Wright State University.
  7. Review and submit your completed application.
  8. 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.
  9. Interview dates for this cycle are: Friday, January 27, 2023 and Monday, January 31, 2023.
  10. Notification of acceptances will take place in early February.

Application Materials

Please submit through PSYCASDo not send materials to the SOPP admissions office.

  1. Evidence of successful completion of the following required prerequisite courses:
    1. Introductory Psychology
    2. Abnormal Psychology
    3. Physiological Psychology
    4. Basic Statistics
    5. Research Methods
  2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Aptitude Test.
  3. IF the highest degree is not in psychology, applicants must also submit the Psychology Advanced Subject Test.
  4. 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.
  5. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation submitted through the PSYCAS application portal. We strongly recommend that the letters of recommendation are written by doctoral-level professionals.
  6. A diversity statement. (Approximately 500 words; see instructions below)
  7. A personal statement. (Approximately 500 words; see instructions below)
  8. A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.

SOPP Vision, Mission & Values Statements

Building on our culture of innovation and a commitment to diversity, we strive to be the program of choice for health service psychology students, scholars, and practitioners looking to engage in reparative justice. The School of Professional Psychology inspires students to achieve excellence and to be innovative in the practice of health service psychology. We value social equity within the context of power, privilege, and oppression. We focus on personal and professional identity development among students, faculty, staff, clients, and other stakeholders. Our core values unite us as an organization. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, our interactions with each and our decision-making.

SOPP Values:

  • Integrity
  • Social Justice
  • Excellence
  • Cultural Humility

Please upload the following documents:

  1. A Diversity Statement: SOPP values social equity within the context of power, privilege, and oppression. We focus on personal and professional identity development among students, faculty, staff, clients, and other stakeholders. Reflecting on your experiences of social privilege AND any personal experiences of marginalization/stigma (if applicable), discuss how these experiences may have shaped you personally and professionally. Where will you be challenged and what are you willing to do (or what have you already done) to meet these challenges? (Your essay should be approximately 500 words.) 
  2. A Personal Statement: Please provide a statement regarding your personal and career goals and motivation for these goals. In addition, discuss your reasons for wanting to become a clinical psychologist and your specific reasons for your interest in the School of Professional Psychology. (Your essay should be approximately 500 words, 12 point Times New Roman font.)
  3. 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

We are a community of learners 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.

We proudly hold true to the values of integrity, social justice, and cultural humility in all of its interactions. Our mission today continues without change: "Preparing tomorrow’s psychologists for a diverse world."

Following are GPA and GRE mean scores for students entering SOPP from 2015 – 2021:

  • Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • Mean Verbal GRE average:153
  • Mean Quantitative GRE Score: 151
  • Mean Writing GRE Score: 4.2  

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

  • 2022 = 100% Match-rate (100% APA sites…)
  • 2021 = 95% Match-rate (95% APA sites...)
  • 2020 = 100% Match-rate (100% APA sites...)
  • 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 a 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 requests 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.

Contact Information

We invite you to contact us if you have questions at sopp1@wright.edu.

Director of Admissions

Audwin Jones, M.Ed.

Department:
School of Professional Psychology
Title:
Director of Admissions
Address:
University Hall 176, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001