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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

View frequently asked admissions questions for PCOM's school, clinical and counseling psychology degree programs.

For Psychology Programs

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

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 November and continue monthly until desired class sizes are reached. A candidate can be selected for interview at any time between November and June. Those not selected for interview will receive final notification in August.

In the admissions process, are students ever waitlisted?

Yes. After an interview, a candidate can receive a wait list decision. 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 two priority deadlines to evaluate completed applications. The deadlines for 2023 enrollment are December 30, 2022 and March 31, 2023. 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?

Due to COVID-19, we will conduct online interviews with applicants.

Our interview days are approximately four hours in length and include a welcome, an academic presentation by program faculty and student panel. Each candidate will also experience an individual panel interview as well as a group interview, conducted by program faculty.

Most programs also require a timed writing exercise that will be submitted via email. Decisions are rendered and submitted via email 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.