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Frequently Asked Questions About the PsyD

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For more information about the PsyD program, please send an email to PsyD@roosevelt.edu with your name, preferred mailing address, and request for PsyD information.

About the Program

Is this program accredited through the American Psychological Association (APA)?

Yes, Roosevelt University's PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

What training model is used in Roosevelt University’s PsyD program?

Roosevelt’s program is based on a practitioner-scholar model. The overall goal of the PsyD Program is to train clinical psychologists who are able to diagnose and treat psychological problems. Faculty are trained to assist students in elective research activities, if they so choose.

What types of applicants and qualifications are you looking for?

In reviewing applications, the PsyD faculty considers the following factors: undergraduate grade point averages, official GRE test scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Successful applicants typically maintain cumulative grade point averages of 3.25/4.0 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile for each component of the exam. The PsyD faculty seek applicants who understand and are prepared for the demands of graduate study, interested in working with diverse clinical populations in a metropolitan setting, and have a reasonable understanding of the activities and responsibilities of a clinical psychologist (including the multiple roles that clinicians must fulfill).

Do you accept credits for transfer?

For students seeking to transfer credit or waive course requirements for previous graduate work, students will need to meet with the Director of the PsyD program after receiving an offer of admission to the program. The PsyD director will determine which required courses will be waived or transferred based on the previous graduate work. A maximum of 36 semester hours of graduate level credit may be waived for those entering with a master's degree; a maximum of 27 graduate level credits may be transferred for those entering with a BA or BS.

The doctoral project, internship, and at least six semesters of practicum must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students who have entered the PsyD program with a completed master’s degree typically complete the PsyD program in 4 to 5 years.

What is the average size of each cohort?

The program typically admits 20 students per academic year.

What is the rate of APA-internship match rate?

For the past two academic years, Roosevelt PsyD students achieved a 100% APA-accredited match rate for clinical internships.

Is it possible to teach undergraduate students as a doctoral candidate?

Yes! Interested and qualified students, after completing a master's degree, may teach undergraduate psychology courses under the guidance of the Instructor Development course. Students who successfully complete the Instructor Development course will be able to teach classes as an graduate fellow.

The Application Process

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including official GRE test scores and transcripts, 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.

What materials are required for application to the PsyD program?

  • Online application, available on September 1 at www.roosevelt.edu
  • Application fee ($40)
  • Personal statement – the personal statement should provide information about your interest in clinical psychology, your career goals, and your interest in our program
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) – the academic equivalent of a resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation with accompanying “RU Letter of Recommendation Form” – these should be completed by persons who are familiar with your academic work; letters from clinical supervisors are also appropriate
  • Official GRE Test Score (note: only the general GRE exam is required)
  • Official transcripts from prior undergraduate and/or graduate institutions

How do I submit my application materials?

The online application, application fee, personal statement, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms should be submitted via the applicant’s online application portal.

Official GRE test scores and transcripts will need to be requested by the applicant to send to admissionforms@roosevelt.edu.

Any non-electronic official transcripts and other hard-copy supplemental items should be mailed to the Roosevelt University –Office of Admission Processing in Schaumburg, IL:

Roosevelt University
Office of Admission Processing
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

How will I know that Roosevelt received all of my application materials?

We will send an email confirmation once all of your application materials have been received and processed by Admissions. These confirmations will be sent out in late December and/or early January, several weeks after the admissions deadline of December 15th. Please note that it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for the Admissions office to process any non-electronic, mailed materials (i.e. GRE scores, transcripts, etc.). Also, please know that your application will be reviewed as long as all electronic materials have been sent by December 15th, and all non-electronic, paper/mailed materials are postmarked/mailed by or on December 15th. Any questions or concerns about this should be directed to the graduate admissions coordinator, Sivling Lam, slam02@roosevelt.edu.

When will I be notified about an admission decision?

The PsyD faculty reviews applications in January and early February, and will extend offers to applicants who pass the initial application review to attend an on-campus interview. Applicants who are not offered interviews will be notified as soon as possible. Official offers of admission are communicated by April 15. The deadline for applicants to accept Roosevelt’s offer of admission is April 15, consistent with the Council of Graduate Schools’ requirements.

Will I be required to interview?

Yes. Applicants who pass the initial application review will be invited to attend an on-campus interview to interview with at least two faculty members and meet current students. Interviews are scheduled for one of the following dates:

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017

Applicants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Roosevelt will provide lunch and beverages throughout the interview days. Roosevelt University’s historic campus is located in the South Loop neighborhood of downtown Chicago, close to Grant Park and Millennium Park. The campus is accessible via Chicago Transit Authority and Metra Rail. There are several Pay-to-Park options available, as well.

Is there a waitlist?

We do waitlist qualified applicants; however, waitlisted applicants will only be offered admission on the basis of space availability in the program. Being on our waitlist does not imply any uncertainty on our part about the applicant’s qualifications; because we have limited enrollment, we cannot accept every student whom we believe would be successful in our program.

I’ve been offered admission and would like to accept my offer! What are my next steps?

Applicants who have been offered admission and would like to accept the offer should confirm their attendance by e-mailing PsyD@roosevelt.edu and submitting the $200 tuition fee deposit to secure their seat in the program. The applicant must also send an official final transcript from their home institution(s) to admissionforms@roosevelt.edu or the Roosevelt University – Office of Admission Processing in Schaumburg, IL. Applicants accepted into the program will receive information on course registration and other program information in mid-April.

Note that all communications will be conducted via e-mail. This includes all communications for offers for interviews and admission into the program. If your undergraduate e-mail address will no longer be valid upon graduation, please use a personal e-mail address that will not expire to maintain communications with us.

Financial Aid

What is the average cost of tuition each year?

For 2016-2017 Academic Year, tuition for PsyD students per academic year was $23,272. Rates are subject to change for 2017-2018 Academic Year. Please visit see the University's tuition & fees for more information.

Other fees include the student activity fee per semester, graduate general fee per semester, and CTA Ventra U-Pass fee per semester.

Textbooks are required for most courses and will vary in cost.

What options exist to finance my education?

  • Merit-Based Scholarships: Offered to all qualified applicants who have an outstanding academic record. The amount of the awards and the guidelines for selection are determined each year, but typically do not exceed one-third of enrolled hours each term. Additional non-university-based scholarships for Psychology students can also be found by searching the American Psychological Association’s website at www.apa.org.

  • Graduate Assistantship Program: Graduate Assistants are students appointed to various positions in the University with responsibilities depending on placement. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 9 to 17 hours per week in their positions. 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 ($5,200) for Fall and Spring semesters. Application deadlines for assistantships is March 1st. Graduate assistantships are often split into half-time positions in order to more widely distribute funding. Half-time graduate assistants are required to work 9 hours per week and receive a half-tuition and stipend. All PsyD applicants who are invited for an interview will automatically be considered for a graduate assistantship. There is no separate application to complete to apply.

  • Work Study: Students' eligibility is determined after the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at www.fafsa.gov. If eligible, students may work part-time in various positions throughout the university for up to $3,500 per academic year.

  • Student Loans: Students’ eligibility is determined after the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at www.fafsa.gov.

For more information about funding your education at Roosevelt University, please contact a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.