PsyD in Clinical Psychology

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PsyD in Clinical PsychologyFall 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
  • Work sample

NOTE: GRE scores are not required for admission.

Please write 1-to 2-double spaced page responses for each question and clearly number your response for each question.  Use the following format guidelines on all essays:  12-point type, double-spaced, 1″ margins,  top right header: last name, essay number, page number.

  1. Write an autobiographically essay that reflects upon the life experiences that have shaped you as a person and influenced your choice to seek a doctorate in clinical psychology.
  2. A cornerstone of an Antiochian education is a commitment to social justice, therefore, please discuss volunteer, multicultural and/or service learning experiences that have contributed to your desire to become a clinical psychologist.
  3. If your undergraduate grade point average was below a 3.2, discuss the factors that contributed to your current G.P.A. How, specifically, would you mitigate those factors to be successful in graduate level courses at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

Work Sample:

Your work sample must be double-spaced, and must not exceed five (5) pages in length.

Please submit a work sample that gives an example of written, professional work. This may be in the form of a clinical case or testing presentation, consultation report, or research paper.


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
  • Admission essays
  • Résumé
  • Work Sample
  • 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 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.