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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/psych/psyd/faq/

  • What is the difference between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D.in school psychology?

    The Psy.D. is a doctoral degree that emphasizes professional practice skills. The Ph.D. traditionally emphasizes research training. This distinction, however, is sometimes more one of perception than reality. Many Ph.D. – trained school psychologists become practitioners and the Psy.D. program at MSU, Mankato emphasizes research training.
  • What is the role of research training in the program?

    Doctoral students will be continuously involved in research. There are several courses in research and statistics. Additionally, doctoral students will join a faculty research team during their first semester. These research teams meet weekly to collaboratively design projects, problem solve,and analyze data. Throughout their time in the program, doctoral students are expected to help their colleagues with their research projects. Assistance may involve help collecting data or completing procedural integrity checks. As doctoral students advance in the program they take more of a leadership role in research projects. The research team is the context in which students will develop and conduct their dissertation project.
  • Is a masters or specialists degree required for admission?

    No. The minimum requirement for admission is the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students with graduate training may be admitted in advanced standing for a shortened curriculum.
  • Are personal interviews with prospective students required?

    Top applicants are invited for campus interviews in late February or early March. 
  • How many students do you admit per year?

    We anticipate admitting five docotral students in the fall of each year.
  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The curriculum is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study. The five years includes four years of on-campus study and one year of internship. Students who have completed some graduate study prior to admission to the program may be admitted with advanced standing and have the program shortened by as many as 30 credits.
  • How does the admissions screening process work?

    Admissions are competitive based on GRE scores, GPA (overall, major, and last 2 years), research experience, professional experience,and letters of recommendation. Students with significant deficits in GRE or GPA may be screened out of the applicant pool early in the process. However, program faculty are permitted to sponsor applicants back into the pool at their discretion. Program faculty review applications and rate them on the above stated materials. Top-rated applicants will be invited for interviews. Students will be informed of admission decisions no later than April 15th.
  • Do you admit students with majors other than psychology majors?

    Yes. Students with backgrounds in education are also encouraged to apply. Students with any background will be considered but students who lack basic training in psychology or education will have additional pre-requisite courses to complete.
  • Can a student attend part-time or commute from elsewhere?

    The program is designed to be full-time and delivered on campus. Part-time admissions will be considered under unique circumstances but will not be encouraged. Commuting from long distances would be difficult because classes and practicum experiences will often occur during the same day. Students living out of town should plan to commute every day of the week for classes, practicum, and/or research.
    If more resources become available, we hope to modify the program to accommodate working professionals. However, the program is currently housed on campus with courses offered throughout the day.
  • What is the status of funding?

    Funding will be available on a competitive basis within the program. Funding is also available through graduate assistantships in other departments, work study, and student loans. Please contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research and/or the Financial Aid Office for more information.
  • Who should I contact for additional information?

    Please contact the program director, Dr. Carlos J. Panahon (carlos.panahon@mnsu.edu or 507-389-2815), for more information.