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Common Questions

How long is the program?
The PhD program requires a minimum of four full-time pre-internship years. In addition, students must complete a one-year internship. Six years is the average length of study. Students are eligible to apply for internship after passage of comprehensive examinations, submission of a Master's thesis for publication, and approval of a dissertation proposal.

What type of funding is available to PhD students?
At a minimum, all doctoral students receive a 50% tuition waiver for the four years that students pay tuition. Additional tuition support is available on a year-by-year basis, and applicants from value-added groups are eligible for consideration for a scholarship (1 available per year) which provides a full tuition waiver for the duration of the program. At the time an offer of admission is extended, details on extended financial support will be described in the offer. Research assistantships are available for students, and these assistantships support research-related work with the student’s primary mentor. Additionally, there are teaching assistantships and other work study positions available both within the department and throughout the school. 

When should I apply?
We begin accepting applications in September. The application deadline is December 27, 2019. 

What happens after I apply?
We hold an in-person interview day for a subset of highly qualified applicants each year. We anticipate sending interview invitations in late January 2020 for an on-campus interview in late February 2020. This is a full-day event that lasts from approximately 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Do I have to take the Advanced Psychology GRE for the application?
The Advanced Psychology GRE is only required for those students who are not undergraduate Psychology majors or have a master’s degree in a non-Psychology discipline.

When do classes start? 
Our University operates on a quarter system. Classes begin at the start of the fall quarter, which is mid-August. New students attend an orientation week the week before the fall quarter begins. Orientation attendance is mandatory.

Can I transfer into the program?
The College of Health Professions does not accept transfer students. On a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee will review graduate coursework to award credit once an applicant has been accepted and matriculated into the program. Please view the student policy and procedure manual for full information about transfer credit policies and procedures.

How can I get in touch with the Admissions Office?
Email us: grad.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu
Call us: 847-578-3204
Our address: 
Rosalind Franklin University 
Office of Admissions and Enrollment
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064