How to Apply

Important: The CNU College of Psychology uses PSYCAS, a centralized application portal for graduate psychology programs. All applications materials should be submitted through the PSYCAS portal, which can be accessed by clicking the button below. Please also read the PSYCAS Quick Start Guide.

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis, and offers of admission are made throughout the winter and spring until available spaces in the following year’s cohort are filled.

Application Process

  1. Create an account at PSYCAS – APA’s centralized application portal.
  2. Select California Northstate University College of Psychology from the list of available programs. (PSYCAS charges a standard fee of $80 to apply to one program through their portal and $40 for each additional program). Fee waivers must be requested through PsyCAS.
  3. Follow instructions through the PSYCAS portal to complete your online application, making sure to include each of the application materials described below.
  4. Review and submit your application.
  5. Upon review by the Admissions Committee, applicants will be notified by email of their application status.
  6. Interviews are currently taking place exclusively online via Zoom. 
  7. Offers of admission and notices of alternate status will be sent by email.

*Please make sure to check junk mail throughout the application process. Correspondences from CNU will arrive from


Application Materials:

The following materials should be submitted through PSYCAS, not directly to the CNU Admissions Office. 

Application Form: The application form should be submitted through the PSYCAS online application portal.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Follow instructions within the PSYCAS portal to upload a resume or CV that lists all employment, training, and any volunteer work relevant to the field of psychology.

Personal statement: Personal statement: Follow instructions within the PSYCAS portal to upload a personal statement of no more than 1,200 words. Your personal statement should tell us: something about who you are as a person and what makes you tick; your interest in the field of psychology; defining experiences, circumstances, or relationships that have had a substantive impact on your intellectual and/or psychological development (or that have shaped your desire to become a psychologist); your professional and/or academic goals.

Official Transcripts: Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended must be sent directly from the institution, even if a degree was not awarded. Official transcripts should be mailed by the issuing institution directly to the PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center. Request forms are made available by the PSYCAS service during the application completion process.

Please also submit official transcripts for degrees that are currently in progress. We cannot evaluate GPA requirements without transcripts. 

International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) under the following conditions: 1) The institution awarded a degree that is being used as a prerequisite for the Psy.D. program, or 2) credits for prerequisite coursework were obtained at the institution. Please see the section on International Students below for more information.

Letters of Recommendation: We require three (3) letters of recommendation. The first should be from an academic source (e.g. a professor or academic advisor). The second may be from an academic source (e.g. professor or academic advisor) or a clinical / research supervisor. The third may be from either of the above sources or from another individual familiar with your abilities and potential to succeed in a rigorous clinical training program. Follow the instructions within the PSYCAS portal to send requests to your references for letters of recommendation.

Application Fee: PSYCAS charges a standard application processing fee of $80 for the first program application, and $40 for each additional program application. The APA offers a fee waiver for students who qualify.

Graduate Records Exam (GRE): Submitting GRE scores is optional. The Admissions Committee does not use GRE scores in the selection process EXCEPT where they are submitted as part of a Request for Academic Performance Exemption. In such cases they are only used to help decide whether or not to waive the minimum GPA requirement. Applicants who elect to submit GRE scores as part of their general application should know it neither helps nor harms their application.

The CNU College of Psychology ETS institutional code is 4045.


Admissions Interviews:

Individuals who have provided information indicating that they have met the minimum application requirements (minimum GPA and prerequisite coursework) will be considered for admissions interviews.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews for the program are currently being held online via Zoom.


International Students:

The College of Psychology is now able to accept international applicants.

International Coursework and English Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants who have received university or graduate level education in English and maintained a satisfactory GPA are considered to have demonstrated English proficiency and are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants who have not received university or graduate level instruction in English must demonstrate proficiency by obtaining a score above 80 on the TOEFL or a score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, they must be translated before review. A request for such services can be made through the PSYCAS system.

International transcripts must be evaluated and/or translated for U.S. equivalency by World Education Services (WES) if either of the following apply: 1) The institution awarded a degree that is being used as a prerequisite for the Psy.D. program, or 2) credits for prerequisite coursework were obtained at the institution. Applicants can request an evaluation through the PSYCAS system.

Learn about Studying in the United States

Find information for F and M international students

Read the latest Study in the States blog posts

Use tools that help throughout the international student life cycle

Policy Concerning Withdrawal of Admissions Offers:

CNU College of Psychology reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if:

  1. You make false statements in your application materials
  2. Your academic performance drops significantly or you fail to earn an undergraduate degree prior to beginning classes at CNU.
  3. You engage in behavior prior to matriculation that violates legal, professional, or ethical standards or otherwise raises concerns about judgment and integrity.

CNU College of Psychology does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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