We’re here to answer your questions about our PhD program.

Embarking on your doctoral studies in psychology is a serious decision. We’ve provided answers below to the questions we have been most frequently asked by prospective PhD students.

All materials must be submitted by December 1, 2020.

Unofficial scores should be sent to graduateadmissions@adelphi.edu as soon as possible and will be placed within your application for review. The official scores should reach us by November 30.

  • Applicants must take the Verbal, Quantitative and Psychology subject test of the GRE: A minimum of 50th percentile for each section. GREs have to be taken within 5 years of the anticipated entrance date into the program. The subject test will be waived for Fall 2021 Admissions.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 is strongly preferred, and quality of undergraduate education, as well as academic awards and honors, will be considered. Graduate degrees will also be factored in.
  • Applicants should have majored in psychology, or at least have completed a minimum set of five psychology courses, including (1) introductory or general psychology, (2) statistics, (3) research or experimental methods, (4) abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and (5) developmental psychology.
  • Applicants will be evaluated with regard to (1) research experience in the form of assistantships or honors theses and/or (2) clinical experience, including volunteer or paid work in a psychiatric hospital, a clinic in which psychological services are provided, crisis intervention center, peer counseling, or other similar “help” oriented activity.
  • Applicants will be evaluated with regard to (1) letters of recommendation and (2) their personal statement. In the personal statement, applicants should describe their research interests and link these interests to Derner faculty members with whom the applicant has interest in working.
  • Other life or work experiences (including unique achievements and backgrounds) will also be considered.

Yes, the GRE Subject Test in Psychology is required. However, the requirement will be waived for Fall 2021 Admissions.

Use Adelphi University’s code 2003 for all applications.

If you have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. College or University and you submit a full transcript from that University, you will not have to take the TOEFL. The TOEFL minimum score is 550 paper based and 213 computer based, and they cannot be more than 2 years old.

Each year we receive about 300 applications and choose a class of 20-25 students.

Fee information can be obtained from our Student Financial Services site.

Yes, you may apply online. Please follow the specific instructions provided for the Derner School of Psychology.

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate the quality of your prior academic performance and your scholastic potential, as well as your personal characteristics. They may be sent to the graduate school directly by the writer, or they may be sent with your other material; in the latter case the envelope flap must be signed by the writer.

Very important. The match determines which faculty will serve as your advisers. Please review our faculty and contact them with your questions.

No. The research practicum, like the clinical practicum, is an integral part of the program and required of all students.

Yes, interviews are held in February. At that time, you will have an individual and group interview. You will also have an opportunity to meet with some faculty and current students.

Yes. We have developed a Teaching Fellowship Program. Many teach several courses while completing doctoral requirements. Doctoral students are paid at the same rate as adjunct faculty for courses taught. This is in addition to graduate assistantships.

The University does not have housing on campus for graduate students. Students may choose to live off campus through Adelphi’s Off-Campus Housing Service.

We will contact you in March and invite you to attend an open house in late March or early April where you will have another opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

Let us invite you first. Because we receive a large number of applications, our policy is to first evaluate the applications and then invite the most promising applicants to interview in person. Of course, if you have any questions about the program or your application, feel free to email our Graduate Studies Coordinator Kathleen Kannengeiser at kannenge@adelphi.edu. Once accepted, you may come to observe a class at our Garden City, New York, campus and arrange to meet with a professor.

Students generally complete the program and internship in 6 years, although some are able to do it in 5 years.

Yes, our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association continuously since 1957.

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

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