Admission Criteria

The admission committee considers many variables. The entire set of credentials presented by the applicant is considered. However, a low standing on one criterion [e.g., grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score] does not automatically mean rejection, nor does one very high standing on one criterion mean automatic acceptance. Students with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • Online application for the psychology graduate programs will open on August 1st for admittance Fall 2018.
  • The applicant must possess a bachelor's or master's degree or their equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. The prior academic record must indicate ability and preparation necessary for pursuing graduate studies.
  • The minimum prerequisite for the doctoral program is 18 semester hours of undergraduate courses in psychology. These must include courses in general psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, mental measurements, and six semester hours in other upper-division, undergraduate courses.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) -- A minimum 3.0 required in undergraduate and/or graduate. Overall GPA in a degree program and GPA in the psychology courses are both assessed. Special note is made of honors courses or programs.
  • The General Test portion is required for all applicants. The Psychology Subject Area test is required for applicants who do no have an undergraduate degree in psychology; it is recommended for applicants who have a psychology major.
  • Research experience. This may reflect anything from collecting data to publication in refereed journals.
  • Work experience. Of special interest is work relevant to clinical psychology.
  • Letters of reference. Letters from academic/research sources receive greatest weight, although those describing other types of experience are also considered.
  • Compatible interests. Compatibility of the applicant's interests with those of the faculty is considered.
  • Writing skills. The applicant's ability to write, as reflected in the Statement of Purpose, as well as in technical writing shown in published research, is also taken into account.

Admission Process

Applicants from foreign countries or who completed their degree overseas are required to submit transcripts evaluated by World Educational Service, a financial statement, a sponsorship letter, and official TOEFL scores as well as the following:

Applicants should see that the school of psychology receives all application materials before the deadline date of December 1.  Application materials can be mailed to:

School of Psychology
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH  45207-6511

  • To apply on-line go to or contact Margaret Maybury- 513-745-1053.
  • Non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  • One official transcript from all previous colleges and universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. 
  • A written statement reflecting a commitment to psychology, and plans after completion of studies.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) -- General Test (required) and Psychology Subject Test (recommended).
  • An application for possible financial assistance.
  • Any other information that might aid in the selection process.

Students in the program are not automatically considered candidates for the doctoral degree. Only after successful completion of the first two years of the doctoral curriculum and being awarded the MA degree in psychology, students are admitted as candidates for the Psy.D. degree.

Please be advised that the deadline for completed application is December  1.

Transfer Credit

The following are guidelines for the transfer of graduate credit to the doctoral program.

Students accepted into the doctoral program, already holding a master's degree in a field akin to clinical psychology, may expect at least a portion of the previous graduate work to be credited toward fulfillment of the doctoral degree requirements. The allowable number of transferable credit hours may vary, depending on prior education. Post-graduate hours normally transfer only from institutions granting a doctoral degree. In all cases, a minimum of 77 hours of the required 117 hours for the doctoral degree must be completed at Xavier University.

Petitions for transfer of credit will be evaluated individually and will only be granted with the recommendation of the department chair and approval of the dean of the College of Professional Sciences. Courses graded on the pass/fail basis, or the equivalent, are generally not accepted as transfer credit. Exceptions may be granted on petition of students who have demonstrated exceptional performance at the prior institution.

All decisions regarding the acceptance of graduate credit will be made by the dean in consultation with the Director of the School of Psychology and the student's advisor by the end of the first year, or by the time 12 credit hours have been completed. Courses taken more than six years prior to entering the doctoral program at Xavier University will normally not be accepted for transfer.