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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

For Psychology Programs

When can I expect to hear if I have been selected to interview?

On-campus interviews are required for enrollment to each School of Professional and Applied Psychology program. Candidates are selected to interview as applications are received and are deemed eligible, based on the competitiveness of the larger application pool. Interviews begin in October and continue monthly until desired class sizes are reached. A candidate can be selected for interview at any time between October and June. Those not selected for interview will receive final notification in July.

In the admissions process, are students ever waitlisted?

Yes. After an interview, a candidate can receive a wait list decision. The wait list is not ranked or ordered and a candidate can be selected to attend at any time prior to the start of classes.

May I apply to more than one program at PCOM at the same time?

Yes. Candidates may apply to more than one program at PCOM as each program has its own application process and corresponding Faculty Committee on Admissions. A candidate will receive a unique decision for each application, depending on the strength and size of each applicant pool.

Does PCOM allow a student to defer admission to another term?

Accepted candidates may request a deferral in writing providing rationale for the request. If granted, a candidate is required to submit the required tuition deposit and his/her seat will be held for one year only.

Who should I contact if I have questions about applying for admission?

Inquiries about the application process can be made via email at or via phone at 215-871-6700.

Where do I find the specifics of the admissions process, deadlines, and requirements for my program?

Information on the application process to each program offered at PCOM, including application requirements and timelines, can be found here.

PCOM uses a rolling admissions process for all School of Professional and Applied Psychology programs therefore an early application is recommended. Candidates who apply prior to March 1 are given priority and there is no posted application deadline for the majority of our programs as applications will be accepted until the desired class sizes have been reached. 

The Faculty Committee on Admissions for the Clinical PsyD program uses three priority deadlines to evaluate completed applications. The deadlines for 2020 enrollment are December 30, 2019March 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020. New students will be accepted into this program until the desired class size is achieved.  It is therefore recommended for candidates to submit applications early.

What is the interview format and what should I expect?

Our interview days are approximately four hours in length and include a light meal, a tour of campus and an academic presentation by program faculty. Each candidate will experience an individual panel interview as well as a group interview, conducted by program faculty.

Most programs also require a timed writing exercise in our computer lab. Decisions are rendered and submitted via US Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of the interview date.

If denied admission, may I re-apply at a later date?

Yes. Candidates may reapply. We recommend conducting a thorough self-assessment and improving the application where there may be deficiencies to improve one’s chances for enrollment.