PsyD in Clinical Psychology

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PsyD in Clinical PsychologyWinter 2017 (Jan)

• Accepting applications
• Final Deadline: December 1, 2016
• Available for Post-BA entry track only

Fall 2017 (Oct)

• Early Action Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
• Final Deadline: July 15, 2017

*AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly.  The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as, the earliest decision notification.  

International applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action Deadline. 

Admission Criteria:

  • Online Application on VIP page
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official transcripts indicating a bachelor’s degree and, if applicable, a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Admission essays. All applicants must complete essays one through three. Essay four should be completed if your GPA is below 3.2. Please use the following format guidelines on all essays:  12-point type, double-spaced, 1″ margins,  top right header: last name, essay number, page number.

NOTE: GRE scores are not required for admission.

To paraphrase Family Therapist, Augustus Napier: We marry or partner with our worst nightmare. How would you evaluate this assumption? What kinds of information would you use and how would you determine which of these are valid and reliable. Please do not exceed 500 words in your essay.

Please read the essay “Food, Emotions and the Family”  (download here) and then write a 500 word critique. Consider the following questions in shaping your critique.

What was the author’s intent in writing this essay?
What is the problem or question which this essay attempts to address?
What are the author’s assumptions?
What is the author’s point of view or bias?
On what data, information or evidence does the author base her position?
What are the concepts or ideas which shape this essay?
What are the inferences or interpretations made by the author to draw her conclusions?
What are the implications that follow from the author’s perspective?

Write an autobiographical essay describing how your life history has contributed to the development of the person you are today. Include your family background, relationships, volunteer work, academic or other study, and employment and multicultural experiences that you consider to be formative. Be sure to relate your essay to your decision to pursue graduate studies and training in clinical psychology, and evidence of other activities relevant to family psychology. Please limit your responses to 5 pages.

If your GPA is below 3.2, please respond to the following question:
Discuss the factors that contributed to your current GPA and how, specifically, you will mitigate these factors to be successful in graduate level classes at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

Phase One
An application will be reviewed once the following are received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Online admission application (including application fee or fee waiver)
  • Unofficial or official transcript indicating Bachelor’s conferral (and Master’s transcript if applicable) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • All admission essays
  • Two letters of recommendation

Phase Two
Upon recommendation from the Admissions Committee an applicant is scheduled for a group interview. The group interview lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and includes members of the Admissions Committee and usually 3 applicants.  An individual interview is offered to those that reside out of state.

Phase Three
Upon successful completion of the interview and recommendation from the Admissions Committee, the applicant is notified via email (only) of an offer of admission.

GRE scores are not required for admission.

Qualified applicants should be high achieving students with an undergraduate degree in psychology, or substantial coursework in psychology, work experience in the field, or a master’s degree in another discipline, with a required minimum 3.2 grade-point average (or with outstanding narrative evaluations for those earning their undergraduate or graduate degree at Antioch University or other institutions that may have not designated letter grades). Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or have not completed significant coursework in psychology are encouraged to apply; completion of some undergraduate coursework in psychology may be required for admission. Please contact the Office of Admissions to discuss your individual background and learn how you can strengthen your application with supplemental coursework.

Antioch University Santa Barbara particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences.