Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.

About the Program

The APA-accredited doctorate program in clinical psychology at Georgia Southern University (GS) 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

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
APA Accreditation Site

Regular Admission Requirements

A committee of faculty will determine admission based on the following:

  1. Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students’ academic records will be evaluated based on official transcripts from all previous enrollments in higher education.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA): A GPA of 3.30 (undergraduate or graduate). The average GPA of successful applicants is available on the departmental website.
    • A minimum grade of B in the following undergraduate or graduate courses: Psychological Statistics, Research Design, Abnormal Psychology.
    • Record of having taken at least two of the following courses: Personality, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Learning and/or Cognition, Health Psychology, Tests and Measurement, Theories of Psychotherapy, Psychology of Substance Use.
  2. All applicants are required to submit current (last five years) scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test.
    • We have no minimum cutoff for scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. However, the average GRE scores of successful applicants are available on the departmental website.
    • FOR NON-PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS ONLY: In ADDITION to the GRE General test, applicants with degrees in other majors must submit scores (last five years) for the GRE subtest in Psychology.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or appropriate employers/advisors.
  4. A written statement describing why you want to pursue doctoral training in clinical psychology. Also, describe how Georgia Southern University’s program is a good fit. Finally, please list 3 Statesboro campus psychology faculty whose research interests are a match to your own. Of these 3, please include at least 1 clinical faculty member and 1 faculty member who is not clinical. This statement should be 500 words or less in length.
  5. A curriculum vitae or resume.

Based on a review of the application materials, the Admissions Committee will select top candidates for an on-campus interview. Interviews are mandatory for admission into the program. The Admissions Committee will contact top candidates with details regarding on-campus interview dates and procedures.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (



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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 12/23/2019

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