Apply to the Doctor of School Psychology (PsyD) Program

Online Graduate ApplicationThank 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.

Deadlines for Admission

Application Deadlines for Fall 2019:
Students entering the PsyD Program with Advanced Standing begins in Summer 2019.
While early and general consideration deadlines have passed, we are accepting applications for rolling admission for Summer 2019 on a space available basis. Please contact for any questions.

Students entering the PsyD program at the MA/CAGS level begin in Fall 2019.
While early and general consideration deadlines have passed, we are accepting applications for rolling admission for Fall 2019 on a space available basis. Please contact for any questions. 

For rolling admission on space available basis: By appointment

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Click here for application information.


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.

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

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English and have not taken the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

After acceptance of the admission offer, international students will be sent a Foreign Student Certification of Finances (FSCF) form which must be submitted by every student who does not hold a permanent resident (immigrant) visa in the United States. Because international students are ineligible to borrow Federal student aid, and private loans may be difficult to obtain, the FSCF is required by US Regulation to confirm that all of the necessary financial supports are secured for the duration of study. Only after this certification is sufficiently submitted the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status INS I-20 form will be issued.International applicants must plan and secure funding sources for the length of their stay in the U.S. before applying. This includes living expenses, health insurance and travel. Once enrolled, there are no opportunities to earn income through employment in or outside campus.

Successful completion of all requirements towards the degree which you seek to pursue will include your completion of one or more paid internships. To undertake paid internships, students are required to demonstrate to employers they are authorized to work in the U.S. Students who are unable to do so may be unable to complete all requirements for their degree program. 

International applicants must provide a copy of their visa before beginning the program.

Due to the substantial curricular practical field experience this program requires, International students on F-1 Student visas do not qualify for post-completion practical training (OPT).

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 or 617-564-9376. Thank you


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.
  • 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

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

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

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


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.