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 Ph.D. students.Click the + signs below to expand each section for answers.
All materials must be submitted by December 5.
You can fax the unofficial scores to 516.877.4805 as soon as you get them. They will be placed in your file for faculty review. The official scores should reach us by December 30.
- Applicants must take the Verbal, Quantitative and Psychology sections of the GRE: A minimum of 550 for each section, a minimum GPA of 3.5 is strongly preferred. GREs have to be taken within 5 years of the anticipated entrance date into the program.
- Applicants should have majored in psychology, or at least have completed a minor in psychology. Exceptions will be considered for applicants with other majors who have taken a minimum set of psychology courses including introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, abnormal psychology, and at least three additional advanced courses in psychology. A background in statistics is required. Some students may be asked to pass an undergraduate statistics course before taking the graduate statistics course.
- Applicants should have some research experience in the form of assistantships, honors theses, or collaborative efforts resulting in publication.
- Applicants should have some clinical experience. Appropriate types of experience include volunteer or paid work on an inpatient unit of a psychiatric hospital, a clinic in which psychological services are provided, crisis intervention center, peer counseling, or other similar “help” oriented activity.
- Applicants should be able to describe clearly their research interests, and these interests should match those of the faculty with whom the applicant has indicated an interest in working.
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 Institute.
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. In some cases, a telephone interview may be conducted.
No. The University does not have housing on campus for graduate students.
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 administrative assistant Yvette Jones at email@example.com. 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.