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Admissions FAQs

Is there an application deadline?

For the PsyD program, the application priority deadline is February 15th (after the priority deadline has passed contact the Admissions Coordinator to discuss the availability of seat openings).

The MA program has varying application deadlines depending on the semester in which you wish to start.

For September enrollment, we have a rolling admission policy at MiSPP. Applications can be submitted starting September 1st of the calendar year preceding the start of the academic year. We recommend you submit your application materials early as review begins in January and continues until the program is full.

If seats are available, the application deadline is November 15th for January enrollment.

If seats are available, the application deadline is March 15th for April enrollment.

Are background checks required for admission?

A background check is required for applicants/current students that have been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor violent in nature and/or involving children/minors.  Having a felony or misdemeanor conviction does not automatically exclude admission to the academic program(s). For more information, please contact Carrie Hauser, the Coordinator of Admissions & Student Engagement, at [email protected] or 248-476-1122 ext. 117.

Can I schedule an individual visit?

Yes. We offer individual campus tours and appointments Monday through Friday. Please email [email protected] or call 248.476.1122, ext. 117. Admissions can assist you in talking with a current student, faculty member or alumni.

How safe is MiSPP?

MiSPP safety statistics can be found here. MiSPP is dedicated to providing a clean, safe, and comfortable environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The importance of campus safety is reviewed annually at orientation with students and employees. A paper copy of this report is available upon request.

How many years will it take me to complete each program?

The MA in Clinical Psychology may be completed in a 11 months with a full-time schedule or in two years with a part-time schedule.

The MA in Clinical Psychology with an ABA concentration maybe completed in two-three years depending on enrollment status.

The Certificate in ABA, as a post-master’s program, consists of six classes completed over a two year period.

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology is a minimum four year, full-time program.

Full-time enrollment allows program completion in 11 months. Part-time enrollment allows completion in two to three years, customizable with students. – See more at: https://mispp.edu/academics/master-of-arts/#sthash.tL5IjVEA.dpuf

Are graduate programs offered online?

The master’s and doctoral programs are on-site only. However, there are certain courses that may include online components.

Can I get my bachelor’s degree at MiSPP?

No, MiSPP is solely a graduate institution.

Do you need a degree in psychology to apply?

You must have, or be completing, a bachelor’s degree to apply to the MA program. If your major is not in psychology, social work, or counseling, you may still be considered for admission upon completion of required prerequisite coursework. The required coursework includes receiving a B or better in Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology.  If these were not taken during your bachelor’s degree, you may take them individually at an accredited online, community, or four-year college of your choice.  We do not offer the prerequisites at MiSPP.

For the PsyD program, a graduate degree in psychology, social work, or counseling is required.

In the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program,  you must have a master’s degree in education, psychology or behavioral analysis. This requirement only applies to those completing the certificate as a post-graduate program. See the MA program degree requirements above, if you are planning to apply to the MA program with an ABA concentration.

Are your programs accredited?

The Michigan School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440

American Psychological Association

MiSPP’s PsyD program in clinical psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979 

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Designated by the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Psychologists

MiSPP’s PsyD program meets the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Psychologists “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology.'” Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply.

Once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist. Graduation from a designated program means that the program you completed typically meets the educational requirements for credentialing by the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. For further information, consult the National Register’s web site: www.nationalregister.org.

Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®)Logo for Behavior Analyst Certification Board BACB VCS

MiSPP’s ABA courses are designated by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) as an approved course sequence and has verified that MiSPP’s ABA coursework sequence meets the academic requirements for students intending to sit for examination to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for the international exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst upon independently attaining the required supervised experience in ABA.

The Michigan School of Professional Psychology is approved by the State of Michigan Board of Education to grant graduate degrees in clinical psychology.

MiSPP is an associate member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE general test is required for admission to the PsyD program. The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your intended start term at MiSPP. MiSPP’s school code is 1413.

What are the admission requirements?

Click here to view the admission requirements for the MA program.
Click here to view the admission requirements for the PsyD program.
Click here to view the admission requirements for the Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) .


Can I defer my acceptance?

You may not defer for the MA or PsyD program. If you wish to reapply for the following year, you will go through an application updating process with the Coordinator of Admissions.

Do I have to send all of my admissions documents together?

No, you can send in documents individually and they will be added to your file. Applications will only be reviewed upon receipt of all required documents.

Do you provide housing?

MiSPP does not offer campus housing. Farmington Hills and surrounding areas offer a wide variety of living options depending on budget and preferences.

How many pages should my personal essay be?

Your personal essay is a very important part of your application and should be 2-3 pages in length. When writing your essay, be sure to address all three points listed on the application checklist.

Can I apply to MiSPP while still completing my bachelor’s or master’s degree?

Yes. However, your acceptance will be conditional upon the completion of this degree prior to your matriculation to MiSPP. No exceptions will be made to this requirement. In order to be fully accepted, a final and official transcript indicating completion of the degree must be submitted directly from the issuing institution to MiSPP prior to August 15th of the entering year.

What is the general format of classes?

Classes are comprised of lectures, discussion, individual and group student presentations, student collaborative activities, and experiential exercises.

Is financial aid available? How do I apply for financial aid?

Yes, MiSPP is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Direct Loan Program. All students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form each year. The FAFSA form is available on the web at http://www.fafsa.gov/. MiSPP’s school code is G21989. Please visit Financial Aid for more information.

For more information contact:

Office of Admissions
248-476-1122, ext 117
[email protected]