Chicago 430 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605(312) 341-3500
Schaumburg 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Schaumburg, IL 60173(847) 619-7300
Our program is based on the practitioner-scholar model that is typical of most PsyD programs. The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) is a national umbrella organization of PsyD programs that has been involved in the development and promulgation of this model; see their home page (http://www.ncspp.info/) for information about the PsyD training model, in particular the article by Peterson, Peterson, Abrams, and Stricker (1997), “The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Educational Model” (http://www.ncspp.info/peterson.htm).
Our program has several unique elements:
To receive information about the PsyD program, please send an email to applyRU@roosevelt.edu with your name, preferred mailing address, and request for PsyD information.
To apply, access RU Connect by visiting www.roosevelt.edu/apply. Under the Fall 2015 section, follow the appropriate steps and select the "Graduate" button. This link guides applicants to the "Create Account Form," where basic contact, demographic, and academic information is gathered. Once submitted, these data prepopulate the online application.
Other than the official transcripts which are mailed to the Schaumburg address below, the remaining application documents need to be uploaded by the student into the RU Connect system. These materials include a personal statement, a vita, three letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms, $25 application fee, and official GRE scores (only the general GRE exam is required; i.e., the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections). A vita is the academic equivalent of a resume. The personal statement should provide information about your interest in clinical psychology, your career goals, and your interest in our program. Letters of recommendation should be from persons familiar with your academic work; letters from clinical supervisors are also appropriate for applicants who are engaged in such activities.
Please send all official transcripts to Roosevelt University, Office of Admission, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4377.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including GRE scores, is December 15th for students seeking admission to the program in the subsequent fall term (we accept students into the program only once a year).
As noted, the official transcripts should be sent to the Schaumburg Admission Office of the University, not to the Department of Psychology or the PsyD Program. Graduate Admissions will process the applications and forward them to the Department. The faculty review applications in January and early February and extend offers for interviews beginning in early February (students who are not offered interviews will also be notified at this time).
Invited applicants attend one of our two interview days scheduled in the third week of February 2015. Interviews are required, not only so the faculty can gather more information about applicants, but so applicants can explore the University and insure that our program is a good match to their interests and goals. Students interview with at least two faculty members and have the opportunity to speak with current students over lunch and throughout the day.
Applicants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. We provide lunch and beverages throughout the interview days. The University has an arrangement with Club Quarters, a business hotel in the Loop, where applicants can get a reasonable room rate. However, applicants have also found reasonable lodging at other hotels and motels in the city. The University is located downtown, in the “Loop,” at Michigan and Congress Avenues, overlooking Grant Park. Downtown Chicago is accessible from Midway and O’Hare airports via cab and elevated train. We encourage applicants, if possible, to stay a day or two to explore the city and its many cultural offerings.
We begin to make offers of Admission shortly after both interview days have been concluded and continue to make offers throughout the next few weeks. The deadline for applicants to accept our offer of admission is April 15, consistent with the Council of Graduate Schools' requirements. Because of the several weeks’ delay between our offers and the final acceptance day, we may have some applicants who hold our offer of admission while they await responses from other programs. Because we are uncertain about the status of such applicants, we typically also maintain a wait list of applicants who will receive offers from us should someone from our first group of offers decline our offer of admission. Being on our wait list does not imply any uncertainty on our part about such students’ qualifications; because we have a limited enrollment, we cannot accept every student who we believe would be successful in our program.
Once an applicant has accepted our offer of admission, he or she must submit a deposit of $200.00 and a final transcript from his or her home institution. We will contact all applicants accepted into the program with information on registering for courses and other program information in early April.
Note that all communications are done via email in order to save both natural and personnel resources. This includes communication of offers for interviews and admission into the program, as well as rejections.
In reviewing applications, the faculty considers undergraduate GPAs, GRE scores, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. We typically seek students with undergraduate GPAs above 3.25 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile for each component of the exam. We seek students who understand and are prepared for the demands of graduate study, who are interested in working with diverse clinical populations in a metropolitan setting, and who have a reasonable understanding of the activities and responsibilities of a clinical psychologist (including the multiple roles that clinicians fulfill).
See the “Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data” tab for information on the number of yearly applications, interviews, and admissions.
Tuition rates can be found at: http://www.roosevelt.edu/TuitionAndFees.aspx
See the University’s Financial Aid Office web pages for the most current information on loans and other funding.
The most common way to cover the ever-growing costs of higher education is through student loans provided by the federal government. The maximum loan amount offered by the government is $33,000 per year. There are various types of additional loans one can obtain (i.e., signature loans, educational loans). Further information about these can be obtained by contacting a financial aid counselor.
At Roosevelt University we offer Graduate Scholarships to all qualified applicants who have an outstanding academic record (in the case of the PsyD Program, scholarships are available only to students entering with bachelor’s degrees). The amount of the awards and the guidelines for selection are determined each year by the Scholarship Committee of the Graduate Council, but typically do not exceed one-third of enrolled hours each term. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours per award term. Students must apply for this award prior to registration for the first term in the program; annual renewals may be available to qualified awardees. For questions regarding the Graduate Scholarship, please contact our Office of Admission at 877-ApplyRU. Additional non-University-based scholarships specific to psychology can be found by searching the American Psychological Association’s website (www.apa.org).
Graduate assistants are students appointed to various positions in the University and have various responsibilities depending on placement. Graduate assistants are expected to work up to 17 hours per week in their position. The Graduate Assistantship provides tuition for up to 18 semester hours per academic year (36-hour maximum) including the summer semester, as well as a full-time stipend ($5200) for fall and spring semesters. In order to apply, the applicant must be fully admitted to a graduate program at Roosevelt University. The PsyD program’s assistantship application deadline is March 30. In the PsyD program, graduate assistantships are often split into half-time positions in order to distribute funding more widely.
Work study is also available for graduate students at Roosevelt University. Students’ eligibility is determined after the submission of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). If eligible, students may work part-time in various positions throughout the university for up to $3500 per academic year.
More specific and detailed information can be obtained by contacting our Financial Aid Office at 312-341-3566. Please note that the Financial Aid Office manages loans, while the Admissions office manages scholarships; individual University departments award assistantships. Links to our website for additional information are listed below:
General Financial Aid information: http://www.roosevelt.edu/FinancialAid.aspx
Downloadable Financial Aid forms and applications (Scholarship, Assistantship): http://www.roosevelt.edu/FinancialAid/Forms.aspx