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PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Program Frequently Asked Questions


1.     I am interested in applying to both Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.  Do I need to submit two different Statements of Purpose?

Yes, although both programs are committed to training clinical psychologists, the programs have different strengths, training missions, structure, and faculty. When applying to the Consortium please ensure that you have provided a personal statement referencing the specific aspects of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium that will help you realize your career goals.

2.     I am concerned that my GRE scores from the December administration won’t make it in time for the General Consideration Deadline.   Will my application still be considered?

Please ensure that the rest of your application is submitted by the application deadline. The Admissions Committee will consider your application to be on hold status until the scores are received but the application will be reviewed once it is complete as long as the other materials are received in time.

3.     How many admissions offers are made? How many applicants do you admit? What is the mean GRE and GPA of the students admitted?

This information can be found on the data table below.


4.     Do PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. students have access to the specialty tracks in the Ph.D. program (e.g., Forensic, Neuropsychology, Meditation, Psychology and the Law)?

The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium is a rigorous full-time program with three years of full-time coursework. As such, it is a rare exception that a student is in the position to take extra coursework outside of the Psy.D. curriculum.

5.     Does the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium have electives? 

Yes, even though the program follows a cohort model in general, students have an opportunity to take electives in their third year. Adult or child-focused electives are available. See our Course Descriptions for details.  

6.     Does the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium offer fellowships?

Yes, we have a limited number of fellowships that we distribute based on several broadly defined criteria including merit, diversity, and financial need. More information will be provided upon recieving an interview. 

7.     What is the difference between the Early Consideration and General Consideration application process?

There is no difference in the application process itself aside from the application deadlines. Applicants who do complete their materials in time to make the Early Consideration deadline may be invited to interview and extended an offer of admission prior to the April 1 deadline, however, and it is strongly recommended that applicants who consider the Consortium to be their top-choice program apply by the Early Consideration deadline.

8.     Are there teaching or research assistantships available to students?

The program does have several teaching assistantships available to students after they complete the first year of the program. Teaching assistantships are granted on a course-by-course basis, and students may apply for more than one during their time in the program. Unlike traditional Ph.D. programs, we do not offer formal research assistantships. Several faculty in the program have research grants, though, and do hire student assistants as part of their ongoing research projects. Students interested in pursuing this type of experience are encouraged to contact the faculty member they want to work with to determine availability.


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