Commonly Asked Questions
How long will it take to complete the Psy.D. program?
It normally takes 6 years to complete the program for students who begin at Year I.
Do you give credit for my master’s degree?
Yes. The program may accept up to 21 transfer credits for foundational courses for students who are admitted to Year II. The program will accept a maximum of 12 transfer credits for foundational courses for students who are admitted to Year I.
Is your program APA accredited?
The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). For general information about APA accreditation or specific information on the accreditation status of Chestnut Hill College, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA)
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979 Fax: 202.336.5978
Will I be eligible for licensure when I complete the program?
Yes. Graduating with a Psy.D. from Chestnut Hill College qualifies the graduate to take the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) for licensure as a psychologist. Each state sets its own licensure requirements. Many states require post-doctoral supervised experience before granting approval to take the licensure exam.
Can I begin your program in January or May? Can I take doctoral courses as a non-matriculating student?
No. All students begin in late August and only matriculated doctoral students may register for doctoral classes.
Can I design my own doctoral program?
You will have the option of choosing the generalist curriculum or a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy or Psychological Assessment and, of course, your dissertation is based on your own particular interests. Otherwise, you must stay with the doctoral schedule exactly as outlined.
What kind of a time commitment is required by this program? I have a job and need to continue to work.
Students entering the program with a bachelor's degree should plan on a very rigorous full-time commitment for at least the first three years. This schedule is not compatible with a full-time work-load. Students entering with a master's degree who have already completed all the foundational courses should plan on at least twenty-three hours of work per week. Courses are scheduled between 12 noon and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Year I and some Year II students will also have a course on Fridays in the fall and spring terms. Additional daytime hours are required for practicum and internship. The doctoral program is very rigorous.
Can I send you my transcripts separately and my letters of recommendation when I get them?
Your materials need to be submitted as a completed packet. Only the test scores should be submitted separately; they must be sent directly from the testing agency. When mailing a completed application packet, please make sure that you send it registered, certified, by UPS overnight or by FedEx. This is to ensure that you have a record that the packet was delivered and a way to track it if there is a problem. You may also drop off your packet in person. Please be sure to read and follow all of the directions. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
I have a master’s degree in a field completely unrelated to psychology. Can I apply directly to the doctoral program?
Yes. You may apply to the Psy.D. program and follow the M.S./Psy.D. track, similar to those entering with a bachelor's degree, if you have completed at least 12 undergraduate or graduate credits in psychology, including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, and one other psychology course. There are no exceptions to this minimum requirement. If you have not taken a sufficient number of psychology courses, you may apply to the M.S. Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and then apply to the Psy.D. program after you complete the master's degree.