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Roosevelt University's PsyD Program

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; visit their home page 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."

Unique Elements of the PsyD Program

  • Small Program Size - Our program is relatively small, as we admit a maximum of 20 students to the program each year. The exact number varies according to the number and quality of applicants each year and has ranged from 4 to 23. The size of the program allows for more personal contact between students and faculty and among students at all levels of the program.

  • Community of Learning - Because we are a University-based program, students are a part of a wide community of learning that includes students from other fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Metropolitan Setting - We are located in a large metropolitan setting, with an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population. The University itself also has a diverse student body in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and age. Students in our program are exposed to diversity within the University and, in particular, at clinical training sites throughout the greater metropolitan area. Consequently, students will learn first-hand about the influence of social context on psychopathology and psychotherapy.

  • Scholarship Model - Although we follow the practitioner-scholar model, we put relatively more emphasis on scholarship, in a variety of ways: Students have the option of completing a thesis in addition to an introductory practicum during their first years in the program; students collaborate with faculty on research in addition to more formal work on doctoral projects; and students can develop their scholarship skills through teaching.

  • Teaching Opportunities - Once students have completed their master's degree requirements, they are eligible, if interested, to teach a variety of undergraduate psychology courses. Students interested in teaching take an Instructor Development course as an elective either before or concurrent with their first teaching assignment.

  • Variety - Although we are primarily a generalist program, we offer emphases in neuropsychology and children and families.


To receive information about the PsyD program, please send an email to with your name, preferred mailing address, and request for PsyD information.

The online application for Fall 2016 admission to the PsyD program is available via RU Connect. Under the Fall 2016 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.

The following information needs to be uploaded into RU Connect:

  1. A personal statement - The personal statement should provide information about your interest in clinical psychology, your career goals, and your interest in our program.
  2. Vita - A vita is the academic equivalent of a resume.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  4. Official GRE scores (only the general GRE exam is required; i.e., the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections)
  5. Official transcripts, if not submitted electronically directly from the applicant's prior undergraduate and/or graduate institutions - Please send all non-electronic official transcripts, the $25 fee, and the three completed RU letter of recommendation forms to Roosevelt University, Office of Admission, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4377.
  6. A $25 application fee (you can also call Admissions to give your credit card information over the phone at 1-877-ApplyRU) should be mailed to the Schaumburg address below.
  7. An RU letter of recommendation form should be completed by each of your recommenders and mailed separately to the Schaumburg address. 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.

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).

The Application Process

As noted, all non-electronic 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 late February (students who are not offered interviews will be notified as soon as possible).

Invited applicants attend one of our two interview days scheduled in the third week of February 2016. 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 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 whom 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(s). We will contact all applicants accepted into the program with information on registering for courses and other program information mid-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 quantitative summaries on the PsyD program.

Financing Your Education

Tuition rates can be found at:

  • For full time status, defined as 9-12 credits per semester for Fall and Spring semesters, PsyD students pay $22,595 per academic year.

  • The PsyD program is not available on a part time basis. Some students in later years of the program may take less than 9 hours of credits and pay $1,256 per credit hour (for 1-8 hours per credit).

  • Summer session tuition is assessed by credit hour and is not included in academic year charges. PsyD students typically register for 3-9 credits each summer in their 1st two years of the program.

  • The final year of the program is the internship year in which students pay for a total of 3 credits, not full time tuition.

  • Other fees include Application: $25, Student Activity Fee per semester: $25, Graduate General Fee per semester: $150, and CTA Ventra U-Pass per semester: $138. Once admitted to the PsyD program, students pay a $200 deposit that is credited to their tuition, once enrolled.

  • Textbooks are required for most courses and vary in cost. Please see the Roosevelt Bookstore at to estimate textbook costs.

Student Loan Information

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.

Graduate Scholarships

At Roosevelt University we offer Graduate Scholarships to all qualified applicants who have an outstanding academic record. 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 1-877-ApplyRU. Additional non-University-based scholarships specific to psychology can be found by searching the American Psychological Association's website (

Graduate Assistantship Program

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

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.

General Information

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:

Downloadable Financial Aid forms and applications (Scholarship, Assistantship):