Admission to Psy.D. Program in Clinical and School Psychology

Applications are received through the Graduate School at JMU. To initiate the process go to:

Admission to the JMU Clinical & School Psychology Psy.D. Program requires that applicants:

  • Have completed an advanced degree (M.A./M.S. or Ed.S.) in Clinical, School, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field. If you have any questions about whether or not you would qualify, contact Andrea Henriques at
  • Submitting GRE scores is optional for applicants. Those who wish to submit their GRE scores may do so such that their scores are considered as part of their overall application, but those who do not submit them will not be penalized and their applications will be fully considered with no negative impact.
  • Submit a personal statement that includes a brief autobiographical sketch outlining your professional experience, interests, and future plans. Also indicate why you think you would be a good fit with the Clinical and School Psychology Doctoral Program at JMU and if there are any particular areas that interest you about our program or particular faculty members with whom you would like to work with to achieve your professional goals (Word limit 1250-1500 words)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student's academic work and relevant professional experiences;
  • Submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended;
  • Submit a current professional vita or resume;
  • Applicants can also submit representative work samples of current professional skills (e.g., test reports, counseling summaries, etc.).

Application Sequence and Procedures

Five to seven full-time students are admitted each year. Priority will be given to application materials received by February 1, in anticipation of August admission. There will be a primary interview day that consists of group and individual interviews with both faculty and current students to provide applicants with information about the program and to assess abilities, characteristics, and readiness for the program. All applicants are notified of admission decisions no later than March 15.

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.