The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Appalachian State University is designed to transform graduate students into professional psychologists capable of applying evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy services to diverse populations, particularly in rural areas. The Psy.D. program consists of a minimum of four years of full-time, on-site training, plus a one-year pre-doctoral internship. The program does not offer part-time or distance education. As a new program, we are not able to transfer graduate credit from another program or waive requirements.

Priority review date for admission is December 1st. Applications that are not complete by the priority date risk denial of admission; however, if seats remain for the invitation only on-campus interviews in February, applications not complete by December 1st will be considered. New students are admitted one time annually during the fall semester.

Admission into the Psy.D. program is highly competitive and enrollment is currently limited to six students per year. Applicants are selected for admission on the basis of their GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate grades, letters of reference, personal statements, applied and research experience, and a formal interview (by invitation only). As a Clinical Psychology program with an emphasis on training in a rural region, we are particularly interested in admitting students whose career goals include a focus on service to rural and underserved populations.

Applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School.

Preferred admissions requirements include:

  • Earned bachelor's degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • For applicants with an undergraduate degree that is not in psychology, it is preferred that applicants have completed 15-18 credit hours in psychology (introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, and abnormal psychology are required for admission but not necessarily for application). The GRE Psychology test ( is recommended
  • Average scores of 50th percentile or higher on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE
  • Positive recommendations: Recommendation letters will ideally come from psychology professors and/or mental health professionals familiar with students' academic and/or professional and interpersonal competence. Letters from references who are familiar with doctoral training in psychology are strongly preferred.
  • Applied and/or research experience
  • Expressed commitment to providing clinical services to rural or underserved populations upon graduation

A complete application for admission will include:

  • Graduate School application
    • Login in for the first time and you will get to the Application Enrollment Page. Under Application Plans, choose: “Yes,” for “Do You Want to Apply for More than One Program?”; Choose “dual (Concurrent) Enrollment” for “I want to apply to __”; Choose “Clinical Psychology PsyD and Psychology MA” for “the dual degree program to which you wish to apply .” See example here

  • Official transcripts (from all universities attended)
  • Official GRE score report from test taken within the past 5 years
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement describing professional interests, expectations from the doctoral program, and career goals (< 2 double-spaced typed pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

Top applicants will be invited for a formal, in-person interview in February. Although attendance at an on-site interview is not required for admission into the Psy.D. program, it is strongly encouraged for priority consideration. When possible, we will try to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Travel costs for interviews are assumed by the applicant. Initial decisions on admission and financial assistance will be made by mid-March and offers must be accepted by April 15th.

We are a new program and plan to seek APA Accreditation on Contingency Status during Year 2 or 3 of the program.  This requires that we have a cohort of students who take all courses offered.  Therefore, until further notice, we cannot admit applicants who request to have any courses transferred or requirements waived.

What kind of support is available?

All students will be offered a graduate assistantship and additional support in the total amount of $22,000/year for four years (dependent upon adequate progress in the program).

What is the tuition for graduate students at ASU?

Tuition (and fees) will be paid by students. View current tuition figures. Out-of-state tuition waivers are available on a competitive basis during the 1st year of study. Independent students may apply to establish NC residency for their second year.

How do I get financial aid?

Complete a Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) on the web at and list the schools you are considering on the form. You will receive an estimate of financial aid based on your current income.

Appalachian State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The department actively recruits diverse students