Admissions

How to Apply

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department of the campus to which application is being made. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

On rare occasions, an applicant with a grade point average lower than the stated admission requirements may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of interest, ability, and aptitude for doctoral study in clinical psychology. All admission exceptions must be documented, recommended by the program admissions committee, and approved by the program chair.

Optional Admission Material

Applicants may submit their scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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Admissions Requirements for Doctor of Psychology

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • An undergraduate degree grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
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  • A graduate GPA of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, ". English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia requires applicants to successfully complete, with a "C" or better, five undergraduate courses that serve as a basic foundation for program coursework. Several of these courses serve as direct prerequisites to American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia courses. The following three courses are required:

  • Abnormal psychology, psychopathology, or maladaptive behavior
  • Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology
  • Statistics or Research Methods
  • Two additional courses must also be completed

Committee Decisions

All applicants will receive written notification of the Admissions Committee’s decision. Admissions Committee decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Accepted applicants are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $200.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition of the student’s first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance (financial aid) awarded through Argosy University may consist of a combination of federal grants, scholarships, state aid programs, loans, and/or part-time work-study opportunities for those who qualify. Different forms of financial aid are explained later in this section.

Students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial assistance. After students are accepted and complete the appropriate paperwork, students will receive an award letter from Argosy University describing their Financial Aid Package.

Federal Work Study Program

Available to graduate and undergraduate students, eligibility for this program is based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Students are offered jobs (usually on-campus) which pay at least the federal minimum wage. The number of hours to be worked during a semester is determined by the amount awarded by the program. The average work schedule ranges from ten to twenty hours per week.

For more information and details, please see the Argosy University brochure entitled Financing Your Argosy University Education.

Scholarships

Scholarships are financial awards that typically do not have to be repaid. Funds are provided by a variety of government, civic and professional organizations as well as the school itself. Awards are made in recognition of outstanding student achievement. Student achievement can be defined in many ways, including by academic talent, community service involvement, or demonstrated leadership abilities. Scholarship opportunities at Argosy University are designed to assist students in pursuing their educational goals by recognizing their prior achievements in these areas.

For more information and details on scholarships, please see the Argosy University brochure entitled Financing Your Argosy University Education.

Grants

Grants are financial awards that typically do not have to be repaid. They are usually based on financial need.

For more information and details on grants, please see the Argosy University brochure entitled Financing Your Argosy University Education.

Loans

A loan is financial aid which must be repaid to the lending institution. Eligibility, interest rates, payment deferment periods (if any), and loan amounts vary by the type of loan the student obtains. Loans are available in several forms, as briefly explained below:

Federal (Title IV) Loans Federal Perkins Loan

This is a fixed interest rate, subsidized loan. It is administered by Argosy University, and eligibility for the loan is based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Funds in this program are extremely limited. Payments may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half time.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan

This is a fixed rate, subsidized loan, administered by the federal government. Eligibility for this loan is based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Argosy University must certify the students eligibility for the amount borrowed. Payments may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half time.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

This is a fixed rate loan, administered by the federal government, and is not based on need. Argosy University must certify the students eligibility for the amount borrowed. Payments may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half time; however, interest accrues on the loan during that time.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Degree Students

This loan is for students in Graduate programs who need additional funds and who meet Federal eligibility requirements. The interest rate is fixed, and interest accrues while the student is in school. There are credit requirements for this loan.

Additional Unsubsidized Loan

This loan is available to full-time students in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University. There are borrowing limits on all of the loans described above. Criteria such as dependency status and grade level are used in defining these limits.

For further information and details on the loans previously described, please see the Argosy University brochure entitled Financing Your Argosy University Education.

Other Financial Assistance Resources

In addition to the federal and state programs listed here, Argosy University participates in other programs designed to provide financial assistance to specific groups of students. Some of these programs include:

Veterans Administration (VA) Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)