FAQs - Demographics, Distance Learning Transfer Students

Demographics, Distance Learning, Transfer Students

What are the demographics and statistics on recent cohorts?

The cohort for fall 2012 included 14 female and 9 male students with an age range of 21 to 48 and an average age of 26. Twenty-one percent of these students had a graduate-school experience upon entrance with an average graduate GPA of 3.83. Seventeen of the students were single, six were married, and eight denominations were represented. The overall average GPA was 3.70 and average GRE scores (verbal and quantitative combined) were 306. The 2012 fall cohort had 17 percent ethnic diversity and represented 10 states.

The cohort for fall 2011 included 16 female and 9 male students with an age range of 21 to 42 and an average age of 26. Twelve percent of these students had a graduate school experience upon entrance with an average graduate GPA of 3.85. Sixteeen of the students were single, nine were married, and ten denominations were represented. The overall average GPA was 3.49 and average GRE scores (verbal and quantitative combined) were 1088. The 2011 fall cohort had 36 percent ethnic diversity and were represented by 11 states.

Do you offer an alternative program for nontraditional students, for example, distance learning via Internet or television, weekend classes, or monthly classes offered off site?

The APA national accreditation board does not currently allow offering most courses off campus because of quality monitoring difficulties. Classes are typically held Wednesday through Friday at our Newberg campus; clinical placements occur on Mondays and Tuesdays. Some special-interest seminars are held at our Portland Center or Oregon Health and Science University.

What is your policy regarding transferring credits?

Students may transfer up to 35 semester hours of applicable graduate level courses in psychology and/or up to 12 hours of theology/Bible applicable to George Fox's program. Transfer units must be from an accredited graduate school or theological seminary. Documentation is required to demonstrate course work is compatible with George Fox University course content.

To request a transfer of credits please fill out the Course Transfer Request Form.

If I have a master's degree, may I be admitted as a third-year student?

At this time, we do not offer advanced standing. However, you may be eligible for transfer of credit (see above paragraph). This will allow you to reduce your course load and curriculum costs while in the program.

If I do not have much formal background in psychology, how can I prepare for admission into the PsyD program?

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 
Alternatively, doing well on the PGRE may strengthen an application that does not have enough formal class hours

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