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Apply to the Doctor of Leadership Psychology (PsyD) Program

Online Graduate Application
New Cohorts Begin every Fall and Spring

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 Doctor of Psychology in Leadership Psychology 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.

Scholarships are available for students who apply and enroll for Fall 2021.

Deadlines for Admission

Application Deadlines for Fall 2021 (August Start):
Rolling admissions on a space available basis


Prerequisite Courses/Experience: 
Earned master's degree in related field.

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Pre-Requisites

All applicants must have completed baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from accredited institutions. We accept 30 credits from a prior master’s degree from any field from an accredited institution. Candidates need to provide one of the following driving motivations to study organizational leadership psychology:

  1. Understanding of a particular organizational context for leadership (e.g., political science, or management, or education wherein the applicant learned about organizations/institutions and about how those organizations/institutions either serve society or are served by society);
  2. An interest in understanding human behavior that can be applied to the study of organizational life and leadership (e.g., literature, philosophy, art, psychology, sociology); or
  3. Interest in methodological skills of organizational leadership psychology research (e.g., statistics, naturalistic inquiry, social sciences with an emphasis in methodology).
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 arrive directly to our Admissions Office from the issuing Registrar Office.
  • Standardized test score reports must be ordered to be sent directly to our Admissions Office. 

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline.

International Applicants

An international applicant, that is, neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S., must meet our regular admission requirements, as well as those listed below.

If written in a foreign language, all transcripts and other documents must be accompanied by an official English translation and certification of equivalency to the American education system. Bachelor degrees that are three years in length will not be recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree by William James College. You can have both, the translation and equivalence certified by the World Education Service (WES). For detailed information visit www.wes.org.

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology Program supports Student visas only during compulsory annual residency periods. International students are not permitted to remain the U.S. between residencies periods and are required to apply for a new Student visa every year. Tourist visas are NOT appropriate for attendance in compulsory annual residencies.

International applicants must provide a copy of their visa when they arrive for a residency period.

Application Materials
  • $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable), $75.00 if applying to two programs. On the electronic application it is paid online before submission.

    Please note: If you enroll in the fall 2021 semester, we will rebate $60 of your paid application fee directly to your student account during your first semester. This will occur after the add/drop period.

  • Completed application form
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Essay
  • Official transcript(s) 
  • Re-Application Statement*
  • Change of Career Statement*
    *if applicable, see appropriate section below.

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline. If you have questions or concerns about the electronic application process, please contact the Admissions office at info@williamjames.edu or 617-564-9376. Thank you.

Recommendations

We require two letters of recommendation.

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.

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.
  • Circumstances in your life that reflect your perseverance, flexibility, resolve and passion within diverse and multicultural contexts. Such dimensions may include age, socioeconomic status, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, language, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual orientation and veteran/military status.
Official Transcripts

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Paper transcripts or e-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.

Paper transcripts must be addressed to:

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

E-transcripts must be sent to admissions@williamjames.edu.

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

We do not require the GRE exam for this program.

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.