PhD in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical)

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography and additional essays
    • Academic writing sample
    • Application fee:
      • Early application deadline (November 10) : The application fee will be waived if you submit the application and all other required documents by November 10.
      • Final application deadline (December 10) : $75 non-refundable application fee for applications submitted between November 11 and December 10.
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary schools attended, showing a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution. A psychology grade point average of 3.7 or higher and cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher are considered competitive. Non-psychology majors must take one statistics course (in the behavioral sciences) and five basic psychology courses as prerequisites. Applicants are encouraged to complete all prerequisite courses with grades posted prior to applying.
  • Four references: one pastoral and three academic. Academic letters should come from writers who know you well in a professional or educational context. Ideally, a referee is someone who has known you for at least a year and with whom you have had substantial contact within the past year. Referees that can comment directly on your potential for success as an academic researcher and/or teacher are particularly desirable.
  • An official Graduate Record Examination ( GRE) score (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) from a test taken not longer than 5 years previous to the date of application. Minimum scores of 155 on the Verbal section and 152 on the Quantitative section are considered competitive.
  • The GRE Psychology Subject Test ( PGRE) score requirement is as follows:
    • Psychology majors: The PGRE score is not required.
    • Non-psychology majors: The PGRE score is recommended; however, this score is required if the final grades from one psychological statistics course and five core psychology courses are not received at the time of application.
  • You are encouraged to submit a formal vita or resumé along with your application. If you need assistance preparing a vita, you may find www.apa.org/careers/resources/academic/vitae-tips.aspx to be helpful. Your vita can be submitted to the Admissions Office as an e-mail attachment to admissions@fuller.edu or by mail to the following address:

Office of Admissions
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182
USA

  • If your native language is not English or your medium of instruction for all post-secondary education is not English, you must either submit a test score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL) taken within the past two years or the International English Language Testing System ( IELTS), Academic Format, taken within the past two years. Please click here for additional requirements.

PhDin Psychology interviews are offered to selected applicants as part of thedecision process. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance tothe program.

U.S. Permanent Residents and International Applicants

  • If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to the Office of Admissions. No Declaration of Financial Support is required.
  • If you are neither a citizen nor a Permanent Resident of the United States, please click here.

Application Deadlines

Online application opens: August 1

Early application and file completion deadline: November 10

  • Submit the application and all other required documents by application deadline
  • Applicants should take the GRE and PGRE (if applicable) by October 10 at the latest in order for the score to be reported to Fuller by the November 10 deadline
  • Interviews are offered to selected applicants as part of the decision process. Early application interviews are offered in late January. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program.
  • Notification date (for applicants meeting the early application deadline): February 15
  • NOTE: Incomplete applications will be processed for the Final application process (see below)

Final application and file completion deadline: December 10

  • Applicants should take the GRE and PGRE (if applicable) by November 10 at the latest in order for the score to be reported to Fuller by the December 10 deadline
  • Interviews are offered to selected applicants as part of the decision process. Regular application interviews are held in mid February. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program.
  • Notification date: April 1

Please allow ample time to submit a completed application (including all references, transcripts, GRE, PGRE, TOEFL, and/or IELTS Academic Format score[s], and supplementary materials) by the December 10 deadline.

Tuition and Fees

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Contact
(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182

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