Psy.D. Program FAQs
Georgia Southern University PsyD Program FAQs
- How long is the PsyD program?
The program takes
5 years to complete, minimum. The first 4 years are on campus and the 5th year
is the pre-doctoral internship.
- How many students are admitted each year?
The PsyD program
enrolls 8 new students each year. We are unable to enroll more than 8 students
- Do I need a Masters degree before attending the PsyD?
No, you can attend
the PsyD after earning a BA/BS.
- If I have a Masters degree, do I still need to submit
applicant must submit General GRE scores to be considered. Applicants whose
previous degrees are in fields outside of psychology must submit BOTH the
general GRE exam scores AND the psychology subject GRE scores.
- Are there minimum scores required for the GRE? How
much do GRE scores count for admission?
We do not have a
minimum GRE score, so we review all complete applications regardless of GRE
scores. Our average GRE score for those admitted in the past 5 years is
available on our website. GRE scores are only one part of the application, and
we examine the entire application when making admission decisions.
- What days/times are classes held? Are classes in person or online?
The program is a
full time day program with all courses meeting in person. Courses are only held
on the Statesboro campus. Students in the first year generally have classes 4
or 5 days a week. In the 2nd year, students are in practicum approximately 12
hours per week, with courses and practicum duties varied throughout the week.
In the 3rd-4th years, courses are generally in blocks (each course
only meets once a week) and are on 2 or 3 days per week, with 2 days per week
at the practicum site (16 hours per week). The 5th year is an internship (full
time) applied for via APPIC match.
- Are there Graduate Assistantships (GAs) available for
Yes! There are 4 GAs
available in the Psychology Department for incoming students each year. The
other incoming students can apply for GAs in various departments on campus. All
GAs (regardless of whether they are in the Psychology Department or in other
departments) include a stipend and a full tuition waiver (including out of
state tuition) in exchange for 20 hours of work per week. Students are still
responsible for university fees.
- My GPA is not quite 3.30. Can I still apply?
We cannot consider
any application from a student who has less than a 3.30 GPA. For applicants
whose undergraduate GPA is less than 3.30, a Masters degree GPA can be used to
meet this application criterion (as long as the Masters GPA is 3.30 or higher).
- What types of clinical training experiences are
available for students?
Our students have
the opportunity to gain clinical experience in a number of settings. We
currently have students placed in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, military
base hospitals/outpatient clinics, Regional Centers, inpatient hospital
settings, community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and
- Can I transfer any classes from other graduate programs?
Yes, we do allow
for limited transfer credits to apply toward degree requirements. If an
applicant is granted admission, they may then petition
to transfer the courses below. The decision is made by reviewing
course materials. The most recent instructor for the course will review the
syllabus, etc. to determine if the course is equivalent to the course here at
GS. Only the following courses may be considered for transfer:
Psychometric Theory, Intellectual Assessment, Developmental Psychology,
Statistics, Research Design, Affective & Cognitive Psychology,
Physiological Psychology, Social Psychology, and History & Systems.
- Which faculty are taking new students this year?
In general, any
faculty member will be willing to mentor the research of an incoming student. We
do not accept students to work in any particular faculty
member’s lab or under their direction for research.
All students are admitted without regard for specific match to one faculty
member’s research interests. That said, all clinical faculty (and many of the
experimental faculty) take new students into
their labs each year. We have not had a problem
with students finding research mentors.
Last updated: 11/7/2019