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Clinical Psychology in Glendale

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Admission Requirements
International Applicants
Technical Standards for Admission
Application Process and Deadline
Matriculation Process
Reapplication Process
Transfer of Credit
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Clinical Psychology Program Admission

The Clinical Psychology Program considers applicants who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as competent, caring members of the health care community. The Program requires an interview with applicants before decisions are made concerning admission into the Program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Completion of 18 semester hours or equivalent of prerequisite coursework in psychology, with a grade of B- or better, including:
    • Introductory/General Psychology
    • Human Growth & Development or Personality Theory
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics or Tests and Measurements
  4. Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160
    • Scores will be accepted from tests taken within the last 5 years.
    • For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 866/473-4373 (toll-free) or visit
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  9. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University's Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  10. Passage of Midwestern University's criminal background check.

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 International Applicants

Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.

Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:

International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.

For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.

Click here for more information on International Student Financial Services


Technical Standards for Admission

A candidate must have abilities and skills of five varieties: I) observation; II) communication; III) motor; IV) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and V) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

I. Observation: A candidate must be able to make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.

II. Communication: The candidate should be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.

III. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium, and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination.

IV. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information and problem solve. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.

V. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and education process.

Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the CHS Dean and Program Director, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College/Program would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College/Program is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program

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Application Process and Deadline

To be considered for admission to the Clinical Psychology Program, students must submit the following to the Office of Admissions no later than July 15th:

  1. Completed Online Application.
  2. Three signed and sealed letters of recommendation from professionals who know the student well (e.g., teachers, advisors, professional colleagues or supervisors)
  3. A personal statement that reflects the educational and career goals of applicants and provides a self-appraisal of their qualifications for the Program and profession. Applicants are encouraged to include explanations of any factors in their application materials that might impact evaluation of their application.
  4. Current résumé
  5. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
  6. GRE general test scores

Send all application materials to:

Midwestern University
Office of Admissions
19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
888/247-9277 or 623/572-3215

Please Note: Applicants may track the receipt of their application materials and the status of their files on the University's web site with the instructions for accessing account information that will be sent by the Office of Admissions after receipt of their application. Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address and e-mail address. All requests for application withdrawals must be made in writing.

Completed applications are reviewed to determine the applicant's eligibility for interviews, which are conducted on the Midwestern University campus during several admission days throughout the admissions cycle. The personal interview is the final step in the application process. Upon completion of the interview, the Program makes admissions decisions and the Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of admissions decisions.

For those admitted to the Doctor of Psychology Program, a nonrefundable tuition deposit to reserve a seat in the entering class will be required by a date stipulated in the acceptance letter. Deposits are applied toward the tuition due for the first quarter of study.

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration but no later than July 15th.

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Matriculation Process

The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process students must:

  1. Submit the matriculation agreement and required deposit monies by the date designated in the matriculation agreement. Deposits are applied toward the first quarter's tuition.
  2. Submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the first day of classes. Students who are accepted to MWU less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College. Students who fail to submit all official final transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College.
  3. Submit completed medical files documenting completion of a physical exam, immunizations, tuberculosis and titer blood testing as instructed by the Office of Student Services and detailed in the Student Handbook.
  4. Meet the Technical Standards for the Program.
  5. Submit proof of medical and disability insurance coverage. Students may select either a plan offered by an MWU-approved carrier or a comparable plan offered by an outside carrier of their choice, as determined by the Office of Student Services. Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire period of enrollment.
  6. Submit additional documents as required by the Office of Admissions or college
  7. Students who are requesting an I-20 visa or who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must prepay tuition and in some cases other mandatory program fees for the entire length of their program at Midwestern University.
  8. Submit a signed Credit Policy Statement
  9. Authorize and pass the MWU criminal background check and/or fingerprinting background check as required by the specific college/school/program.
  10. Submit a signed MWU Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy Statement.

Students who either fail to satisfy the above matriculation requirements or omit or falsify information required on official admissions documents automatically forfeit their seats in the Program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated time lines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding forfeiture of their seat.

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Reapplication Process

After receiving either a denial or end-of-cycle letters, prospective students may reapply for the following year's admissions cycle. Before reapplying, however, individuals contemplating reapplication should seek the advice of an admissions counselor. To initiate the reapplication process, prospective students must complete and submit new applications and proceed through the standard application process.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year for all enrolled students. Click here for the current Glendale Tuition and Fees.

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Transfer of Credit

In order to receive credit for previous coursework completed at other institutions prior to matriculation at Midwestern University, students must submit a Transfer of Credit Request Application prior to registration. The transfer of credit has the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 40 quarter hours of credit for coursework completed prior to matriculation may be considered according to CHS policy for advanced placement.
  2. Transferred course credit is limited to graduate level courses from recognized, regionally accredited degree-granting institutions.
  3. Credit is not transferred for a clinical practicum or internship.
  4. Credit may be awarded for required courses from other doctoral programs.
  5. Credit may only be awarded for courses in which grades of B- or better were attained.
  6. The Program may require a competency examination to determine satisfactory performance before awarding credit for a course.
  7. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed within the seven-year period prior to matriculation.

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