FAQs - Admissions
Graduate Admissions Counselor
The application priority date for fall admission is Jan. 15. Applications are accepted after this date on a space-available basis. Our program is competitive so we encourage you to apply early. Please contact the Graduate Admission Office if you are interested in applying after the Jan. 15 date. Entrance occurs once a year in the fall semester.
You may submit your application one piece at a time. Periodically, we will send you a letter or e-mail message to inform you of your file completion status. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have questions about your file.
- Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the most recent 60-semester/90-quarter hours of graded work.
- Completion of at least 18 semester/27 quarter hours in psychology. Recommended course work may include the following:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Psychological Statistic or Research Methods
- Personality Theory
- Human Development or Child Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Psychological Tests and Measurements
- Social Psychology
- Learning Theory
- Experimental Psychology
- Complete the Doctor of Clinical Psychology application.
- Submit a written statement following the form provided with the application. The statement covers areas of personal faith and growth, academic development, vocation and service objectives, and previous experience.
- Submit four recommendations: two academic, one clinical supervisor and one pastoral/character recommendations (required forms provided with the application packet).
- Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended.
- Submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or the GRE Psychology Subject Test (optional). Test scores must be less than five years old.
- Submit $40 nonrefundable application fee. You may submit a check or you may use a credit card when applying online.
Many of the above materials may be submitted electronically. The remainder may be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
George Fox University
12753 SW 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97223
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The Admission Committee will review applications to determine which applicants will be invited to the next step of the application process, the interview. These interviews are typically held in late February or early March.
The Admission Committee will notify students of their admission status by the end of March. We request admitted students to submit a $200 enrollment deposit by April to secure their place in the fall cohort. This may be paid with cash, check, or credit card and will be credited to the student's fall semester bill.
All students attend classes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. In addition, first-year students participate in classes which often meet on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. Second-, third-, and fourth-year students participate in off-campus practica placements on Mondays and Tuesdays; first-years participate in a weekly, on-campus "foundational" practicum experience.
Make sure your application is complete and submitted by the deadline. If you need to apply after the deadline, please contact the admission counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-554-2266 from the Portland area or 800-631-0921 for more information.
Write a coherent, authentic personal statement. This is your opportunity for us to get to know you.
Ask for references that know you well and are in key positions. (See below for additional advice on obtaining recommendations).
Obtain references from people who have known you in responsible roles, for example, department chairpersons, professors, clinical supervisors, and employers, rather than adjunct faculty, non-psychology professors, and personal friends.
If you have not been in school for a number of years and do not have faculty to ask for recommendations, do the best you can. Ask current employers and other professional people who know you and your work well.
You do not necessarily need a pastor to fill out the pastoral recommendation. You may ask someone who has knowledge of your spiritual life: a youth leader, Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, former pastor, mentor, etc. It need not be a senior pastor. You are not required to be a member of a church.
It is best to write a letter to the admission committee explaining your particular circumstances, for example, health issues, poor grades in undergraduate school due to a personal crisis, learning disabilities, etc.
Graduate education is an investment for your future. You will find all of the PsyD programs at private, Christian universities to be around the same price. In fact, our program is about average for total tuition costs (see cost here). Typically, students pay for the program by working and/or through loans.
We have grouped our classes together so students are in class three consecutive days a week. This provides a block of time for a limited amount of work. We do offer a scholarship to multicultural students and have teaching assistantship and research assistantship positions available to second- through fourth-year students.
We do not offer graduate student housing on campus. What we do offer is a beautiful location here in the Northwest where you will find the cost of living less expensive than in other major metropolitan areas.
You can find two-bedroom apartments in the Newberg area from $600 to $800 per month. Houses rent from $800-$1,200. Many students share apartments. Community members rent out rooms in their homes for as little as $350 per month.