PhD in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical)

Admission Requirements

All Applicants

  • Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
    • Religious Autobiography and additional essays
    • A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online) or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
  • 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.
  • An official GRE Psychology Subject Test (PGRE) score. A minimum score of 660 is considered competitive. The PGRE is offered only 3 times per year, in September, October and April. Applications missing an official PGRE score that are otherwise complete will be reviewed, though an admissions decision may be postponed until an official PGRE score is received.
  • 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.

PhD in Psychology interviews are offered to selected applicants as part of the decision process. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the 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

Application and file completion deadline: January 5, 2015

  • Applicants must take the PGRE* in September, and the GRE by October 15 at the latest in order for both official scores to be reported to Fuller by the PhD in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical) application deadline
  • PhD in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical) interviews are offered to selected applicants as part of the decision process. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program.

Notification date: On or before February 28

Please allow ample time to submit a completed application (which must include all references, transcripts, GRE, PGRE*, TOEFL, and/or IELTS Academic Format score[s], and supplementary materials) by the November 15 deadline.

*PGRE scores received after the deadline may postpone an admissions decision.

Tuition and Fees

Please click here for the current list of tuition and fees.

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

Directions/Maps

Admissions
admissions@fuller.edu