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FAQs

Admissions

What if I already have a master's degree?

You can transfer in up to 30 credits 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. Full-time students with no transfer credits can finish the program in 5 years (4 years of classes and practicum; then a 1-year internship).

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.

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.

When can I expect to hear back regarding acceptance?

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

Programs

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.

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 year-long 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.

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

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.

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.

Does Rosemead support reparative/conversion therapy?

Rosemead School of Psychology does not condone, endorse, teach, or recommend reparative/conversion therapy for same-sex oriented individuals. This has been a position in force for many years and is consistent not only among our faculty, but also among the Biola Counseling Center staff.

We recognize that it is commonly assumed that faith-based psychology programs endorse sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). However, Rosemead's position is based on the fact that there is no adequate scientific evidence that SOCE are effective in changing a person's same-sex attraction. Further, SOCE can be experienced as harmful and damaging to individuals who are often already in vulnerable and marginalized positions within their families and communities.

The faculty at Rosemead School of Psychology take seriously our mission of producing graduates who can integrate both the science and practice of psychology with Christian theology, and who are prepared to meet the psychological needs of the world in general, and the Christian community specifically, through professional service and scholarship. As part of our psychological and Christian mandate, we feel it is important to seek to promote accuracy and truthfulness in the science, teaching and practice of psychology.