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.
We do not offer housing for graduate students. We do, however, assist students in the process of finding housing by connecting students to the cohort immediately upon acceptance, providing a list of recommended local housing, and other resources to help students during their transition to Newberg.
We highly encourage students to register to take graduate entrance exams as early as possible. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is available on computer at local testing centers. To register, and for more information, visit the GRE Web site. GRE scores less than five years old are valid. Students taking the test multiple times will have their best scores evaluated for the admission process. The GRE Code for the George Fox PsyD Department is 4325-2001.
You are not required to take the PGRE for admission, although some students may choose to take it as supplemental documentation to compensate for something lacking in their application file.
The George Fox University Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology Admission Committee will consider your test scores along with scholastic grades, recommendations and admission statements in determining acceptance into the program. We would like to see students score in the 50th percentile or above - typically a combined recommended score of at least 300 for the verbal and quantitative combined portions of the General GRE test.
We admit students who confess a personal faith in Jesus Christ and want a program offering a Christian worldview. The ethos of George Fox University reflects our evangelical Quaker heritage. However, over 50 denominations are represented in the university's student body.
You do not need to have a degree in psychology. Generally, you will need 18 semester hours in undergraduate psychology courses. You may take them at your local accredited college, university or at George Fox University.
Recommended courses are:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Statistics and Research Methods
- Personality Theory
- Human Development or Child Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Psychological Tests and Measurement
- Social Psychology
- Learning Theory
- Experimental Psychology
George Fox does not offer the PsyD program via online, distance learning or other nontraditional options. Students complete the program full-time as part of a cohort at our campus in Newberg, Ore.
We provide research in a sequence. Classwork is completed within the first two years.
- First year: Students visit all of the research vertical teams (RVT). A team consists of a faculty adviserand second-, third-, and fourth-year students, all of whom are engaged in research at various stages.
- Second year: Students commit to a team and choose a topic or theme. The faculty adviser of the team becomes their adviser. It is hoped that a dissertation proposal will be submitted by the end of the year.
- Third year: Students begin research on their chosen topic. Often faculty advisers will take members of their team to conferences to present their findings during their third or fourth years.
- Fourth year: Students are encouraged to complete their research in the form of a dissertation before beginning their internship. This allows students to devote full attention to their internship experience and may help in their selection of an internship site. We are pleased that a very high percentage of our students complete their dissertations on time.
Sample topics of current research include:
- Cognitive testing in children
- Validation studies on new projective assessment tool, Thurston-Cradock Test of Shame
- Diagnosing ADHD among gifted students
- Attention and working memory, visual perception
- Sports psychology
- Postmodernism (recent dissertations: modern parents and their postmodern teens)
- Religious issues and integration
- Spiritual well-being, spiritual maturity, spiritual disciplines
- Marital satisfaction among psychologists
- Marriage and family dysfunction and assessment
- Rural psychology
- Treatment of depression
- Mental health services in a correctional setting
- Child and adult memory assessment
- The role of memory in exceptional spellers
- Fathering and locus of control
- Social responsibility
Miscellaneous Opportunities: Faculty often include students in periodic training opportunities, such as providing consulting services on site at a Philippines missionary school or co-leading a training workshop to an under-served region of Hawaii.
Previous Graduate Credits/Transfer Units
Transfer of up to 35 hours credit is allowed toward the Doctor of Psychology program from accredited graduate schools (transfer credit is not allowed toward practicum or internship requirements). Since our program is foundationally built for our cohorts and the class schedules follow a recommended curriculum sequence, transferring in credit does not shorten the length of the program, but it will save you money! Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within seven years of the date of matriculation to the Doctor of Psychology program will be considered for transfer. The faculty will consider transfer requests and evaluate transcripts once students are admitted into the PsyD program. For additional information, please reference this webpage (Link to transfer credit page).
At this time, we do not offer advanced standing. However, you may be eligible for transfer of credit (see above). This will allow you to reduce your course load and curriculum costs while in the program.
The PsyD Degree
We do not offer a PhD. In addition to our PsyD degree, the university does offer master's degrees at our Portland Center, a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. These degrees are separate from the PsyD program with their own location, faculty and curriculum.
The difference between these two degrees in clinical psychology tends to be one of emphasis. The PhD traditionally emphasizes research in topics within the field, whereas the PsyD tends to emphasize practice. However, most clinical psychology PhD programs provide clinical practice experience and many PsyD programs provide research. At George Fox University, the PsyD program includes research and our students are encouraged to complete their dissertation by the fourth year. All GDCP dissertations need not be empirical; most will be similar to those from many PhD programs. If you are interested in more client contact and supervision, the PsyD degree would likely be the better fit for you. In addition, there is a growing trend to hire people who hold PsyD degrees for academic positions, traditionally the exclusive domain of the PhD.
Our PsyD students receive four years of clinical training in practicum settings followed by a one-year full-time clinical internship, or equivalent. Psychologists alone are trained extensively in the area of diagnostic assessment, such as personality, intellectual and neuropsychological evaluation. In addition, there is a greater emphasis upon understanding and contributing to a research and theoretical literature. People with doctoral-level training have more autonomy and greater flexibility in the types of clients they see and job settings available than those with master's-level training.
Our master programs in counseling and marriage and family therapy are approved by the state of Oregon. These programs lead to licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). We encourage you to call our admission office to discuss which program is right for you.