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Apply to the Doctor of School Psychology (PsyD) Program

Thank you for considering William James College. Applicants are considered on their overall potential for successful performance in graduate level coursework as well as the potential "fit" with our programs and fields of study.

In the links below you will find application information to the School Psychology PsyD program. Transcripts and official test scores should be sent to the Admissions Office to arrive on or before the set deadline. All other materials must be supplied electronically through your online application account.

Pre-Requisites

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. 

Basic coursework or experience in psychology or education. 

For applicants for advanced standing at the PsyD level: completion of a specialist level program in school psychology prior to matriculation.

For MA-CAGS-PsyD Applicants

Entry is at the MA/CAGS level, continuing on for the PsyD in School Psychology, is the standard progression through this 120-credit program.

In order to be correctly identified, these applicants are required to:

  1. Select the School Psychology (MA/CAGS) program, not the PsyD in School Psychology Program on the online application.
  2. Indicate on the Application Essay in the upper right hand corner of every page: "Applying to the School Psychology MA/CAGS/PsyD Program."
How to Apply

Apply Online. Use this link to fill out and submit your application online. 

With the exception of transcripts and standardized test score reports, all materials should be submitted through your online application account. 

  • Transcripts should be sent directly to our Admissions Office from the issuing Registrar Office.
  • If standardized test reports are submitted (i.e., TOEFL, Praxis), they must be ordered to be sent directly to our Admissions Office.

Application Materials
  • $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable), $75.00 if applying to two programs. On the online application, payment is made before submission
  • Completed application form 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Application Essay 
  • Official transcript(s) 
  • Test Scores—The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be required for non-native speakers of English. The Praxis School Psychologist examination may be submitted as evidence of meeting a program requirement. 
  • Re-Application Statement* 
  • Change of Career Statement*
    *if applicable, see appropriate section below

If you have questions or concerns about the electronic application process, please contact the Admissions office at admissions@williamjames.edu or 617-327-6777 x1506 or x1507. Thank you

Deadlines for Admission

Application Deadlines:
For advanced standing at the PsyD level: December 1, 2015
For MA/CAGS/PsyD Applicants: January 13, 2016.

Interview Schedule:
For advanced standing at the PsyD level: January 30, 2016
For MA/CAGS/PsyD applicants: February 27, 2016

Note: Post-deadline applications are now being accepted on a space available basis. 

Click here for academic information
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Recommendations

Letter(s) of recommendation are required from people who are able to attest to your personal qualities, such as: professional; academic; intellectual; motivational; interpersonal; and emotional. References should not be provided by family members, friends, or others who don't know you in either a professional or academic context.

The electronic recommendation form is required and although a supplemental letter is optional it is strongly recommended. Both, the recommendation form and letter must be submitted electronically through your online application account.

Curriculum Vitae
Please attach a current CV or résumé which includes the following: educational background; current activity; length and description of employment and/or training experiences; hours per week at each job or training site; names of supervisors at each facility; workshops and seminars attended; and any other professionally-related material (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.). You may also include any extracurricular activities or interests that you deem relevant.
Application Essay

When composing your essay, please use a traditional font, one-inch margins and double line spacing on a letter size document.

TIP: When applying to two programs, be sure to sufficiently address your interest in both programs when composing your Application Essay.

Please provide a 4-6 page personal narrative that thoroughly includes these items: 

  • Your academic background and career interests.Previous personal, relational, and professional experiences related to your career pursuits.
  • How self-awareness and self-reflection contribute to developing your professional role.
  • How you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Abilities as they relate to the professional training that you seek at William James College.
  • How you anticipate our program will meet your learning goals and advance your career path.
  • What you will offer our community.
  • Major strengths and weaknesses in your application to the program.
  • Commitments to volunteerism or community service.
Official Transcripts

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to William James College from the issuing registrar's office. We recommend that you request these documents as soon as you decide to apply for admission and to allow at least ten business days for the issuing registrar to process your request. If you have completed a semester abroad and these corresponding courses do not appear on your home institution's transcript with a letter grade, then you must provide a separate transcript for this period of study.

All transcripts must be addressed to:

William James College
Office of Admissions
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

To arrive at William James College on or before the set deadline. Post marked on the deadline date is not acceptable.

All applicants who have attended a non-US institution of higher learning must provide an official translation and equivalency to US Higher Education of their academic record. William James College recommends that applicants contact World Education Services to request this service. For more information, please visit www.wes.org.

Test Scores

Non-native speakers of English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL test scores are valid for two years from the test date.

For information regarding the TOEFL (reporting number 3501), call (609) 771-7100, or visit www.toefl.org.

Praxis School Psychologist examination scores may be submitted by applicants for advanced standing at the PsyD level as evidence of meeting a program requirement. William James College Recipient Code Number is 3520. Please be aware that the ETS only keeps Praxis test records for 10 years.

For information on the Praxis test or to have your scores sent to us visit www.ets.org/praxis.

Re-Applicants

A supplemental statement is required of all applicants who have previously applied for admission to a program. Your statement should reference the date of your prior application and the program to which you applied, as well as the circumstances that contributed to your decision to re-apply. You should also describe your personal and professional interim experiences that occurred following your past application. 

Previous admission files are kept on hand for a period of two years. Reapplicants may utilize any, or all, of the original application. However, we strongly recommend that you take the time to strengthen your original application, update your statements and recommendations whenever possible.

Change of Career

This section applies to those applicants who have made a decision to change careers.

Please attach a statement regarding your decision to change careers. Describe the evolution of this career change and discuss the ways in which the experiences you have had and skills required by your previous career might relate to your graduate training at William James College.

Applying Concurrently to Multiple Programs

If applying to more than one program, the online application affords the option to select an additional program. Please note: this online application and all application materials must be received on or before the earliest application deadline date. The application review process for each program is separate, including the interview. If you are a distant out-of-state applicant, you may inquire about arranging both interviews on the same day.

Please take note of the following when applying to more than one program:

  • The application fee if applying to more than one program is $75.
  • Your Application Essay should include every program to which you are applying.

If you are offered and accept admission to another program, your  application to this program will be considered withdrawn. Similarly, if you accept the offer of admission to this program, your application to any other program is withdrawn.

Selection of Candidates

Completed application packets are reviewed by members of the faculty. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. 

An undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. TOEFL results (listening, structure and writing expression, speaking and reading) combined scores are expected to be at least 637 (paper-based), 270 (computer-based) or 110 (internet-based). However, these expected levels are not strictly applied as “cutoff” criteria. Every component of the application is carefully considered in the overall evaluation of an application.

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