Psy.D. Program Admission Application Requirements and Information

Psy.D. Program Admission Application Requirements and Information

The Wright Institute admits a select number of highly qualified students each year for the fall trimester. Applications submitted on or before January 15 will be notified of their admissions status by April 1. Applications received after the January 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Such applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, but a response before April 1 cannot be assured.

The Wright Institute expects to receive applications through the online application system. You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. You can work on the form from any computer wherever you have access to the web. Please read instructions carefully. After your application has been submitted you will not be able to make changes. If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact admissions.

Read an updated list of frequently asked admissions questions here.

The Wright Institute maintains an active policy of equal opportunity in all its admissions. The Institute encourages applicant diversity in terms of race, creed, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual preference, age, disability, and marital status.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a completed online application for admission.
  • An application fee of $50, which is non-refundable. Payment can be made by credit card, check or money order (payable to The Wright Institute). Credit card payments are preferable.
  • Curriculum vitae (resume): include your employment during the periods of time that are not covered by your academic history (or which coincide with it), paid work, volunteer work, military experience, and other pertinent information.
  • Statement of Purpose: This is a 4-6 page double-spaced, self-reflective essay describing your purpose in pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute. Indicate how your professional goals developed from your past interests and experiences. Be sure to include your scholarly interests and your clinical experience. Please be sure to include your full name at the top of each page of text in your Statement of Purpose. Each page should be numbered.
  • Personal Skills and Interests: In one page, please share skills, special interests, expertise, or anything else about yourself that you would like us to know that may not be apparent in your resume/cv or your personal statement, and that may not be connected with the field of clinical psychology.
  • Three letters of recommendation. The form for these letters can be downloaded here. The forms and letters are to be completed and mailed by the recommender directly to the Admissions office. We prefer letters from employers, supervisors, and professors (not including those to whom you are related, or with whom you have a confidential or fiduciary relationship).
  • One official, sealed transcript from each accredited college or university you attended. If you have not yet completed your degree, an additional transcript verifying graduation must be sent subsequently. International transcripts, which are not in English, must be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. Degrees received outside the United States must be verified and evaluated for academic equivalence. We recommend World Education Services www.wes.org. Education Credential Evaluators www.ece.org, or International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org.

    An official transcript may be sent electronically by the Registrar or Recorder of Records using the institution's e-mail system or electronic system to The Wright Institute at transcripts@wi.edu. Otherwise, transcripts should be mailed to:

    The Wright Institute
    Attn: Admissions Dept.
    2728 Durant Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94704

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or graduate school grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 is required for admission. Applicants that do not meet our minimum GPA requirement can still be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Appeals for waiver of this requirement should be made through our online application.
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test covering Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. GRE scores are required for admission. Test results must be received to complete the application. (If you have taken the GRE in the past five years, you do not need to take it again. Contact the GRE Board at 1-888-473-7267 or www.gre.org and ask to have your test scores sent to the Wright. The Wright Institute's GRE code is 3057.)

    [We understand that standardized test scores and grades are not enough to determine an applicant's potential for success as a student at the Wright Institute. It is for this reason that we invite applicants to make use of the ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI), which is a web-based tool that allows evaluators of your choice to provide specific information about six key attributes of yours identified as essential for graduate study: knowledge and creativity, resilience, communication skills, planning and organization, teamwork, and ethics and integrity. Submission of PPI evaluation reports is purely optional. To learn more, please visit: www.ets.org/ppi.]

  • There are three prerequisite courses:
         Statistics
         Human Development
         Theories of Personality or Abnormal Psychology

    Students who have earned a bachelor or master's degree in psychology are exempt from the human development, and theories of personality or abnormal psychology requirements.

    These do not need to be completed prior to admission. If admitted into the program, you may complete these courses during the spring or summer before you enter the program. The Wright Institute must receive transcript evidence of your completing the courses prior to August 31 in order for you to matriculate in the fall.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English. English Language Exception: Individuals who have earned a U.S. bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States -OR- The equivalent of either degree from a non-U.S. college or university of recognized standing where all instruction is provided in English. The Wright Institute school code is 9787.
  • Send a copy of your passport with your application.
  • If you are currently residing in the US and are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, please specify your immigration status on the application.
  • Download and complete a Wright Institute Certification of Finances form (available by clicking here and in the Admissions Office). All international students who need an F-1 Student Visa must show evidence of guaranteed funds to cover their tuition, fees, and living expenses. A bank letter or monthly account statement showing the proper amount of funds (or more) is required. Please make sure that the statement or letter clearly indicates the account holder's name, the currency type, and the account balance.
  • Official transcripts must be translated into English by an official translator.
  • Degrees received outside the United States will need to be verified and evaluated for academic equivalence. We recommend World Education Services www.wes.org. Education Credential Evaluators www.ece.org, or International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org