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Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.


The APA-accredited doctorate program in clinical psychology at Georgia Southern University (GSU) is a full time, day program offering a course of study leading to the Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree. The program’s curriculum prepares graduates for the practice of psychology with a special focus on practice in rural areas. Coursework and training prepare students for licensure as a psychologist, with an emphasis on educating emerging psychologists for the underserved areas in the state of Georgia and adjacent regions in the Southeast.

The Psy.D. program originated from a longstanding and dire need for licensed psychologists in rural, underserved areas of the United States, most specifically in the rural south. This mission is consistent with Georgia Southern University’s commitment to serve the needs of the southeastern region of the country. The program trains students according to the practitioner-scholar model. Students are taught to become generalists who will be effective in the delivery of psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and psychological consultation services in rural areas. Consistent with the framework of a generalist approach, the curriculum, beginning with foundational courses, strives to create and maintain a dynamic and integrative program, emphasizing behavioral, cognitive, existential, family systems, humanistic, and psychodynamic orientations.

The program is designed to foster the intrapersonal and professional development of students. This process is aimed at helping the students cultivate balance within their personal and professional growth. In addition to academic requirements, students are encouraged to take initiative and responsibility for personal and professional growth through independent readings, interaction with fellow students and faculty, attendance at colloquia, and additional elective research and practica opportunities. The PsyD is a professional degree, and focuses on the development of applied practice skills. Because the program is an integral part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in a regional university, doctoral students engage in all aspects of scholarly inquiry, including substantive qualitative and quantitative research, and professional membership and discourse in state, regional, and national organizations.

Program Contact Information:

C. Thresa Yancey, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training, Professor of Psychology
Email: psyd@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-5704

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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Regular Admission Requirements
1. Applications will be evaluated once per year for Fall admissions. The deadline for applications is January 15.
2. Applicants will submit an application packet electronically which will consist of all material listed in the Application Checklist. This application can be found at  http://cogs.georgiasouthern.edu/admission/start/applynow/
3. An admissions committee, consisting of program faculty will review and rank order applications based on the criteria listed below.
4. A successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students’ academic record will be evaluated based on official transcripts from all previous enrollments in higher education.

  • The minimum GPA required for consideration is 3.3 (out of 4.0).
  • A minimum grade of “B” in the following undergraduate courses: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Design, Abnormal Psychology.
  • Record of having taken at least two of the following courses: personality, Social Psychology, Development Psychology, Learning and/or Cognition, Health Psychology, Tests and Measurements, Theories of Psychotherapy, Psychology of Substance Abuse.

5. Record of taking the GRE test. Average GRE scores for previous successful applicants are available at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/psychology/psyd/. The GRE Psychology (subject) test is required only for those students who did not earn either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology.

6. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or appropriate employers/advisors.

7. A written statement of professional goals and rationale for how the Psy.D. program will further the students’ career objectives. The written statement would discuss the fit of previous experiences and/or career goals with the mission of the Psy.D. program to train psychologists to work with rural and underserved populations. Please also include up to three clinical faculty with whom you would be most interested in speaking if invited for an interview.

8. A  curriculum vitae.

9. Based upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee, a personal interview with applicants may be scheduled as part of the admissions process.
Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Priority Deadline
Final Deadline January 15 Does not admit Does not admit
Office of Graduate Admissions • Post Office Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460-8113 • 912-478-5384 • Gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu