Chatham University

PsyD Admission Requirements

Application Requirement

Applicants to the PsyD program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GRE test scores (General test only) - Chatham Code 2081
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation from previous faculty or employers
  • Admissions essay - Provide three to five double spaced pages or 750-1,250 words on what has led you to pursue doctoral study in psychology and how do you hope this study will shape your future, and describe your thoughts about how change occurs in people and what the change process involves.

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Office of Graduate Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax:  (412) 365-1609

International Applicants

International Applicants to the Doctor of Psychology program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.

A list of these documents can be found on the Graduate Admissions Requirement for International Students page.


  • Master's degree in counseling, psychology, or related field (36 credit hours minimum) or an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 15 undergraduate psychology credit hours
  • 3.5 minimum undergraduate GPA (with Bs or above in psychology coursework), and;
  • 3.2 minimum graduate GPA (if applicable)
  • Interview - by invitation only

Important Dates

Applicants who wish to be considered for Fall 2018 entry should have all pieces of their applications submitted by January 1, 2018.  Applicants will be notified by mid-January regarding selection to participate in full-day program interviews, which are scheduled for Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 10th. 

Admission Process

After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the program utilizes a holistic approach in reviewing the candidate's entire application. This process is intended to seek talented and qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Taking multiple factors into consideration during our admissions process positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent. This approach includes an evaluation of each candidate’s academic achievement as well as their personal characteristics, attributes and experiences. As part of the holistic review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.

Applicants will be informed by the Office of Admissions about whether or not they have been accepted into the PsyD program.