Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to answer your questions about our Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. students.

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  • What is the final date when all application materials (GREs, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) have to be submitted?

    • All materials must be submitted by December 1.

  • I will not have my GRE scores until after the deadline for applications. Can I still apply?

    • 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.

  • What are your acceptance criteria?

    • – 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.

  • What is the department’s four digit code for GRE score reporting purposes?

    • Use Adelphi University’s code 2003 for all applications.

  • I am an international applicant. Do I need to take the GREs? If Yes, do I need to take the TOEFL?

    • 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.

  • How competitive is it to get into the Clinical Psychology program?

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

  • How do I get information about the program’s requirements and fees?

  • Can I apply to the program online?

    • Yes, you may apply online. Please follow the specific instructions provided for the Derner Institute.

  • What about letters of recommendation?

    • 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.

  • How important is the Faculty Research Match?

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

  • Is it possible for students to not fulfill the research practicum requirements if they are not interested in conducting research?

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

  • Is an interview required as part of the application process and can it be conducted over the phone?

    • 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.

  • Is it possible to teach while a doctoral student?

    • 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.

  • Does Adelphi offer on-campus housing for graduate or doctoral students?

    • No. The University does not have housing on campus for graduate students.

  • When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

    • 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.

  • Can I make an appointment to interview?

    • 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 Once accepted, you may come to observe a class at our Garden City, New York, campus and arrange to meet with a professor.

  • How long will it take me to complete the program?

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

  • Is the program APA accredited?

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


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