Psy.D. FAQ

Is a dissertation required? 

The Doctoral Dissertation (DD) is a core requirement for the Psy.D. degree. Students begin the formal dissertation process in the third program level. In its execution, the student will be held to rigorous standards of planning, scholarship, and research, and the finished product is expected to be journal length and ready for submission to a professional journal. The DD is deemed complete following an oral defense and the final manuscript being submitted for publication to an appropriate peer-reviewed professional journal.

Do you offer an advanced track option?

Unfortunately, we do not offer an advanced track option.

Can you transfer credits into the program?

A limited number of core courses (e.g. Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology) may be able to be transferred. Permission from the Program Director must be received and will be decided on an individual basis.

If I have previously applied to one of Kean University’s graduate programs, do I need new recommendation letters?

Although you may have submitted similar application material, it is expected that the content material of your recommendation letters will differ due to the uniqueness of the Psy.D. program.

Do you need a Master’s to apply?

No, a Bachelor’s degree is the only degree required for admission into the program.

Can you maintain a full-time job while matriculating in the Psy.D. program?

No, classes, research teams, clinic hours, and practicum experiences occur during the day. This inhibits students from maintaining full-time employment.

Can you complete the program on a part-time basis?

Students are expected to keep pace with their cohort. In no event will students be allowed to take longer than 7 years to complete the program (i.e. the University approved 6-year time period plus 1 additional year that may be granted upon written request and approval by the Program Director).

When is your application deadline?

For current application deadlines, please click here.

Is the Psy.D. program APA approved?

Yes, we are pleased to announce that in 2016, Kean University's Psy.D. in Combined School and Clinical Psychology was awarded American Psychology Association (APA) accreditation for the maximum term. 

Where will students complete their internships?

The program has been designed to ensure that students are highly competitive when entering the APPIC internship match. The Combined Program in School and Clinical Psychology enables students to effectively practice across a variety of settings throughout the country. The exact location of the internship will depend on each student’s interests and specializations.

Do you need to take the Psychology Subject GREs?

The Psychology GREs are optional.  All applicants are required to take the general GRE examination.

What is Kean’s institutional code for the GREs?

The GRE code for Kean University for PSYCAS is 2251.

What prerequisites are required and can I apply if I have not taken the prerequisites?

Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Tests and Measurements, Statistics, and Experimental Psychology are required. However, you only need to complete these courses prior to beginning study in our program.  If you apply, are accepted, and decide to come, you may complete the remaining courses as late as the summer before you begin.  

Where can I obtain more information about the accredited status of Kean University's Psy.D. program? 

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 
     Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
     American Psychological Association
     750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
     Phone: 202 336 5979; E-mail:
Updated 8/3/17