The mission of the Psy.D. program, to develop professional psychologists who can deliver competent psychological services, is consistent with the University's mission. This mission is promoted by a caring community which integrates academic excellence and professional education and training for public service.
Baylor is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all regardless of race and ethnicity (Student Handbook). Students are accepted in to the Psy.D. program without regard to their religious orientation.
Prospective Students Must Submit the Following Materials
By DECEMBER 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST for consideration to join the program in the SUMMER of 2024:
- An Application for Admission - Graduate School Online Application
- Unofficial transcripts from each institution which has granted (or will be granting) you a bachelor's degree or higher. Transcripts should indicate the degree granted or degree in progress.
- Three letters of reference. At least one letter should be from a professor of psychology who is acquainted with the requirements, demands, and expectations common to clinical psychology programs today. If you have had clinically related experience, a letter from your supervisor (e.g. psychologist) should be included.
- THE GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE) REQUIREMENT WILL BE WAIVED FOR 2024 APPLICATIONS, which are DUE DECEMBER 1, 2023.
Where and When to Send Application Material
It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all application materials are received by the Graduate School's Admissions Office by December 1st at 11:59 PM EST. All application materials and application fees must be submitted online to the Baylor Graduate School, which is separate from the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The most frequent cause of incomplete applications is the lack of sufficient reference letters.
Selection of Candidates
In reviewing applications, we look for a combination of academic ability and experience, clinical and/or research-related experience, and the personality and social skills conducive to a successful career in professional psychology. All application information submitted is considered. Minimum requirements include 12 hours of psychology course work, an overall GPA of 2.7, and a major GPA of 3.0. Prior graduate work is not required for this program. The submitted materials from each applicant are reviewed and approximately 30 candidates are invited to campus for interviews in mid-February. Travel costs are assumed by the applicant and an interview is required for admission. From the group interviewed on campus, approximately 6 students, whose abilities and goals are judged to be most compatible with the goals of Baylor's Psy.D. Program, are selected for admission. Psy.D. students begin the program during Summer II which typically starts at the beginning of July.
The Baylor University Psy.D. Program is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). Please click on the link below to learn more about pre-doctoral competencies that are valued when applying to CUDCP Programs like the Baylor University Psy.D. Program.
CUDCP-Preferred Predoctoral Competencies for Clinical Psychology Overview
Status by State for the Baylor Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Prospective applicants can view the Status by State for the Baylor Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program here.
Please note whether our program meets or does not meet licensure requirements for the state you plan to practice in. Please contact the program at Christine_Limbers@baylor.edu with any questions about this information.
Preemployment screening is often mandatory at agencies who employ psychologists and psychology trainees (e.g., Background Check, drug testing and/or vaccine requirements before a student can begin certain practicum). Students may be asked to complete preemployment screening as part of their training in the program (e.g., practicum placement, internship placement) or as part of licensure application requirements.