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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program (Excluding PsyD, Clinical Specialization)

If you seek admission to the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program (excluding PsyD, Clinical Specialization), you must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If you do not hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in psychology or a related field, you are required to successfully complete ORG 5001 Survey of Psychology I (3 credits) and ORG 5002 Survey of Psychology II (3 credits) as part of your program. These two courses are designed to prepare you for the remainder of the program. You may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirements if you have previous coursework or experience in psychology or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of psychology. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. If you are not required to take the introductory courses here, you are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of psychology.

Due to residency requirements, this program is not available to non-US residents at this time.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization Program

If you seek admission to the PsyD, Clinical Specialization must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. If you enter with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99, you will be placed on Academic Watch.

It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or a related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Development
  • Tests and Measures
  • Psychology of Learning

You may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in your desired program. If you choose to enroll in your desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies, you will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

You must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. You must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

You must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

The Admissions Committee considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The decision of the Admissions Committee, upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

If you have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university, you may transfer up to 36 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog.
Students earning the PsyD, Clinical Specialization degree, will have acquired a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical psychotherapy experience in Clinical Practica and Pre-Doctoral Internship, and are required to obtain 30 hours of personal therapy.

If you enroll in a University of the Rockies Master of Arts program and desire to enter the University of the Rockies PsyD program, you must submit updated admission materials as required for the PsyD, Clinical Specialization to the Registrar’s Office after successful completion of at least the first year of the Master of Arts program and must complete an interview with an Interview Panel appointed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee may choose to waive the interview for a student on an individual basis. The Admissions Committee will review the student’s records and the Interview Panel’s recommendations and make a final decision regarding admission to the PsyD program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

If you seek admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program you must hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education
If you do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education, early childhood education, educational leadership, teaching, or a related field,  you are required to successfully complete EDU 5005 Survey of Education (3 credits) as part of the program. This course is designed to prepare you for the remainder of the program. You may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirement if you have previous coursework or experience in education, early childhood education, educational leadership, teaching, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of education. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. If you are not required to take the introductory course at University of the Rockies, you are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of education.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services
If you do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human services, human performance technology, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field, you are required to successfully complete HUM 5005 Foundations of Human Services Policy and Practice (3 credits) as part of the program. This course is designed to prepare you for the remainder of the program. You may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirements if you have previous coursework or experience in human services, human performance technology, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of human services. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. If you are not required to take the introductory course at University of the Rockies, you are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of human services.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership
If you do not hold a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in human performance technology, instructional systems design, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field, you are required to successfully complete ORG 5010 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I (3 credits) and ORG 5011 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II (3 credits) as part of your program. These two courses are designed to prepare you for the remainder of the program. You may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirements if you have previous coursework or experience in human performance technology, instructional systems design, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. If you are not required to take the introductory courses here, you are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership.

Due to residency requirements, this program is not available to non-US residents at this time.

Master of Arts Programs (Excluding Master of Arts in Counseling)

If you seek admission to the Master of Arts programs, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. If you enter with a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.99, you will be placed on Academic Watch.

Master of Arts in Counseling Program

If you seek admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. If you enter with a Bachelor’s degree earned with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99, you will be placed on Academic Watch.
It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Development
  • Tests and Measures
  • Psychology of Learning

You may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in their desired program. If you choose to enroll in your desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies, you will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

You must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. You must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

You must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

The Admissions Committee considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The admission’s decision, upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

If you have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university, you may transfer up to 9 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog.
Students earning a Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling will have acquired a minimum of 700 hours of supervised counseling experience in Practica and Internship, and are required to obtain 20 hours of personal therapy.

Graduate Certificate Program

If you seek admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or hold a Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Please see the University of the Rockies Catalog for additional information regarding provisional and full admission status requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicant

If you seek admission as a Non-Degree Seeking Student, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or for Doctoral-level courses, hold a Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Please see additional policies for non-degree seeking students under Non-Degree Seeking Students in the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog.

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