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  1. When is the application deadline? Can I send one piece at a time?

    All application materials must be received by December 1st. Applications received after the December 1st deadline will rarely be considered for the following fall semester. You may send each part of the application separately.

  2. What are the requirements for admission?

    1. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an average grade of at least "B" for the junior and senior years (i.e., 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)

    2. Present an undergraduate program with a major in psychology, including 18 hours of credit in the following psychology courses:

      • General (introductory) Psychology
      • Statistical Methods
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Theories of Personality
      • Cognitive and Learning

      Also strongly recommended are courses in developmental psychology, measurement theory, history of psychology, physiological psychology or a year of biology/zoology. If possible, undergraduate courses in Old and New Testament survey and hermeneutics will strengthen the student's preparation for Rosemead.

    3. If student does not present an undergraduate program with a major in psychology, an applicant must complete the GRE Psychology Subject Test by the December 1 deadline and 18 hours of credit in the following psychology courses:

      • General (introductory) Psychology
      • Statistical Methods
      • Experimental Psychology
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Theories of Personality
      • Cognition and Learning
    4. Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test and Writing Test. Take the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test and Writing Test (GRE). Results must be recieved by the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to the December 1 application deadline.

    5. Submit 4 letters of recommendation on forms provided by the school. Two of these are academic references, and two are character references (pastor and personal friend).

    6. Follow these steps to apply.

  3. Who should I ask for a reference?

    Three things that make a good reference are:

    • Someone who knows you well
    • Someone in a key position
    • Someone who believes you will do well in graduate school
    • Someone who can speak to your work in the field of psychology

    Most applicants use their psychology professors as references; however, if you have been out of school for a while, it may be best to ask an employer or other professional who knows you and your work well.

    The pastoral reference does not necessarily have to come from a pastor; any kind of spiritual leader in your local church that knows you well will suffice.

  4. What are the minimum requirements for GPA and the GRE? What scores are considered competitive? How do I sign up?

    The minimum requirement for GPA is 3.0; the average GPA of Rosemead students is around a 3.3-3.7. On the old scoring scale, the average GRE score of Rosemead students is around 1150 for PsyD students and 1250 for PhD students. Competitive scores based on the score scale for the revised GRE are 302 for Psy.D students and 308 for Ph.D students. Information regarding testing dates and locations may be obtained at the Educational Testing Service website at www.ets.org.

  5. What if I already have a master's degree?

    You can transfer in up to 30 units and begin with advanced standing. This may take a semester or up to a year off the standard length of program which is 5 years. Students with no transfer credits can finish the program in 5 years going full-time (4 years of classes & practicum; then a 1-year internship)

  6. How can I make my application more competitive?

    Along with test scores, GPA and references, let the admissions committee get to know you by constructing well-written and authentic essays. Research experience and other extracurricular involvement in the field of psychology should be noted on the application. Any kind of work or volunteer experience in the human services field will be helpful. Noting involvement in church ministry and activities is also beneficial.

  7. What are the acceptance rates?

    Out of about 150 applicants every year, about 40 are accepted (25%) and 25-30 of those decide to attend Rosemead.

  8. When can I expect to hear back regarding acceptance?

    After the December 1st deadline the applications are reviewed and selected applicants are interviewed in February. Students receive notification of acceptance by the last day in March and have until April 15th to commit to attend.

Degree Programs

  1. Is Rosemead APA accredited?

    Yes. Rosemead has been APA accredited since 1980.

  2. What kind of programs do you offer?

    Rosemead offers a both Psy.D. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

  3. What is the difference between a Psy.D. and Ph.D.?

    The Psy.D. program emphasizes the practice of clinical psychology. Psy.D. students take more lab courses than Ph.D. students and therefore receive more clinical training and experience. The Ph.D. program places a greater emphasis on research and requires students to take more research classes. Though they generally receive less clinical experience, Ph.D. students are more familiar with how to do research. Those with a Ph.D. are generally more apt to teach at the university level.

    In addition, Ph.D. students are required to complete a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation, whereas Psy.D. students are required to complete a doctoral research paper, which is similar to thorough literature review.

  4. Do you have a master's program?

    Rosemead does not offer a terminal master's program. The Psy.D. and Ph.D. students are awarded the master's degrees after successful completion of two years of the program and other requirements. Committing to Rosemead is a commitment to obtain a doctoral degree.

  5. Do you offer any specialization tracks?

    Students desiring to focus their professional practice on children, couples, or families may take an emphasis in Family-Child Psychology. This emphasis requires completion of certain elective courses in this area of study; students may also write their dissertations or doctoral research papers in a family-child area, spend their yearlong outpatient practicum working with this population at least half of the time, and complete an internship working with this population for at least a third of the time.

    Rosemead's main focus in training clinical psychologists, though, is to provide the skills needed for general clinical psychological services. Our students gain experience in a wide variety of clinical services with a wide variety of clientele. Specialization in the field is usually gained after the doctorate, and even after the license is obtained. Our students gain the broad training to be competent therapists; our alumni specialize in many different facets of service.

  6. What are the hallmarks of Rosemead's programs?

    • Integration of psychology and Christianity — You will learn how psychology and Christianity fit together, and how they both address the human condition.

    • Excellent clinical training — You will learn how to be a very effective therapist at a school with a great reputation for producing highly qualified professionals.

    • Emphasis on personal and spiritual growth — Rosemead believes that a counselor can best help others grow when he or she has experienced and is experiencing growth him or herself; this often occurs in personal and group therapy.

    • Supportive and encouraging community of students and faculty — Other Christians who are going through the same growth and learning process, and those who have made it a little further down that road.

    For more information see Rosemead's distinctives section.

  7. Will this program prepare me for state licensure?

    Rosemead's APA-accredited degree programs and connections with APA-accredited internship sites meet most, if not all, state licensure requirements. The education you receive at Rosemead will also prepare you to take and pass the licensing exams most states require. Check with your state's board of psychology for more specific information.

Miscellaneous

  1. What will a Rosemead degree prepare me to do?

    After completing Rosemead's program, you will be a competent, highly trained, professional clinician. With one of the highest internship placement rates in the country, 98% of Rosemead students receive an internship of their choice. Students often go on from Rosemead to work in clinical settings, such as counseling centers and private practices. Some of our alumni serve in the armed forces as psychologists. Other alumni serve missionaries in the field at counseling centers around the world. Some write and speak professionally, and many offer services and education at their local churches. Several of our alumni have held leadership positions in the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). Others teach and conduct research at universities.

  2. What is the cost of the program?

    Tuition for one semester (9-16 units) at Rosemead is $12,045. Otherwise, classes are $1004 per credit hour. There is also a $600 personal growth fee each semester. There is no tuition during the internship year (typically the fifth year of the program), however, there is an internship fee of $1,200/semester during internship.

  3. What is the personal growth fee?

    This money is collected in a fund and reimbursed to students to help pay for required training therapy. Any unused portion of this fee will be returned to the student after completing the program.

  4. What financial aid is available?

    • Graduate Grant — Through Biola, up to $2,000/yr (varies based on financial need)

    • Church Matching Scholarship — Biola can match up to $500 that your church donates toward your education

    • Stafford Loans — Up to $8,500/yr subsidized and $10,000 unsubsidized/yr

    • Perkins Loan — Up to $1,000/yr

    • Work Study/Student Employment — The on-campus and off-campus employment offices are great resources to find part-time work

    • Rosemead Assistantship (available beginning 2nd year) — Work as a TA for a stipend

    • Rosemead Discretionary Scholarship (available beginning 2nd year) — Awarded to Rosemead students with demonstrated financial need

    For more information, visit the financial aid page.

  5. What kind of housing is available?

    Limited off-campus housing options are available through the Graduate Housing office at Biola (562-944-0351, ext. 5814). Apply early for a better chance at getting in.

  6. What time of day are classes offered?

    Classes are offered during the day Monday through Thursday. Fridays are left open for students to schedule practicum experiences.

  7. Do you offer classes during nights/weekends, distance or online classes?

    There are no distance or online classes offered. Students are required to be enrolled full-time in the program. Since both faculty and upper division students are likely to be working clinicians, evenings are left available to see clients. Therefore classes scheduled in the evening are very rare. Rosemead's programs are not designed for part-time students, so weekend courses are also very rare.

  8. How much can I work while I am enrolled in school?

    It is feasible for a student to work around 15- 20 hours per week while enrolled full-time at Rosemead.

  9. How can I get involved in research?

    There are a number of active research teams that students are more than welcome to join. Students can also work with professors to start new research groups. Contact Rosemead for a list of current research groups.

  10. How can I set up a campus visit?

    Schedule a visit by filling out our online campus visit form. You may also call Carla Tipton, our campus visit coordinator, at (562) 903-4752.

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