Psychology Admission Requirements

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Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of prerequisite coursework in psychology with a grade of C or better and must include the following courses:

  • Introduction to General Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development or Personality Theory
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics or Tests and Measurements

*All coursework must be completed no later than July 1 of the matriculation year.

Motivation for and commitment to mental healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work or other life experiences (should be demonstrated on submitted resume/cv)

Oral and written communication skills

Additional matriculation requirements if an offer of admission is made

Supporting documents for an application file

Select applicants will be invited to interview on KCU’s campus. Details about the interview dates and times will be sent out to applicants who are selected. Interviews will take place in the winter and spring.

Advanced Standing Requirements

Students must have completed a master;s degree in psychology or a related field to apply. Students accepted to the PsyD program and requesting Advanced Standing must specify the equivalent KCU course to which Advanced Standing should apply. Students must demonstrate completed course equivalency for all of the following:

PSYD 104 Psychopathology


PSYD 107 Ethical & Professional Issues in Psychology


PSYD 162 Clinical Appraisal & Interviewing


PSYD 168 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

PSYD 130 Research Methodology

PSYD 202 Development of Racial and Ethnic Identity

PSYD 141 Psychological Development II: Adolescents and Adults

Syllabi for each requested course must be supplied and must include the content of the course, instructor’s credentials, text and course requirements.

All materials, for all courses, must be submitted in a packet, and at the same time. (The packet will begin with a cover letter requesting advanced standing and listing each KCU course including number and title, grade received in completed course, then each syllabus with content as stated above.) 

The grade achieved in the completed course and documented in the student’s official transcript must be a “B” or above and the course must be taken within seven years of matriculation.