Applications are received through the Graduate School at JMU. To initiate the process go to:

Admission to the JMU Clinical & School Psychology Psy.D. Program requires that applicants:

  • Have completed an advanced degree (M.A./M.S. or Ed.S.) in Clinical, School, or Counseling Psychology, or a closely related field. If you have any questions about whether or not you would qualify, contact Andrea Henriques at
  • Submitting GRE scores is optional for applicants. Those who wish to submit their GRE scores may do so such that their scores are considered as part of their overall application, but those who do not submit them will not be penalized and their applications will be fully considered with no negative impact.
  • Submit a personal statement that includes a brief autobiographical sketch outlining your professional experience, interests, and future plans. Also indicate why you think you would be a good fit with the Clinical and School Psychology Doctoral Program at JMU and if there are any particular areas that interest you about our program or particular faculty members with whom you would like to work with to achieve your professional goals (Word limit 1250-1500 words)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student's academic work and relevant professional experiences;
  • Submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended;
  • Submit a current professional vita or resume;
  • Applicants can also submit representative work samples of current professional skills (e.g., test reports, counseling summaries, etc.).

Application Sequence and Procedures

Four to six full-time students are admitted each year. There will be a primary interview day that consists of group and individual interviews with both faculty and current students to provide applicants with information about the program and to assess abilities, characteristics, and readiness for the program. All applicants are notified of admission decisions no later than March 15.

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

Important Dates

The applicant review sequence is as follows (dates are approximate):

October 1:
Application opens

January 15:
Applications due. Application reviews begin

February 1-15:
Selection of applicants to be invited for interviews

February 23
February 26 - alternate date

March 1-10:
Notification of acceptances

March 15:
Final date for notification of applicants.

April 1:
Deadline for student acceptances.

Initial orientation information sent to incoming students.

Late August:
Orientation for new students.

Note: Please contact us if you have any special requirements to complete the application process or would need to be in place for you to complete an interview for admission to the program. The Department administrative assistant Andee Henriques ( will work with you as needed.

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