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Upcoming In-Person (and Virtual) Open House

Monday, November 20, 6:00pm–8:45pm

Join us to learn more about our master degrees including Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling and Special Education, as well as our doctorates in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis and School-Clinical Child Psychology. Meet with the admissions team, faculty and current students to get your questions answered.

Attend in person at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Price Center Auditorium,1301 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461 or join us via zoom.

At Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, our nationally respected education programs, dedicated faculty and international study body (representing 64 countries) have earned us an outstanding reputation.

We offer three doctoral (PsyD and PhD) and three master's (MA/MS) programs for a diverse group of students in an intimate setting and excel in training the next generation of psychologists, counselors, and educators who will affect positive changes in the lives of others. If this sounds like a path you would like to pursue, please read more to learn about our admissions requirements, how to apply, application deadlines and other relevant information.

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Admissions Requirements

Ferkauf accepts applications from students of various academic backgrounds; however, undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees must reflect a balanced curriculum including liberal arts and science components.

Required Examinations

  1. All applicants to the Clinical Psychology, PsyD program are required to take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    • Please visit the Electronic Testing Services (ETS) Web site for testing locations and dates in your area,
    • The Institution Code for the General and Subject GREs is 2995.
  2. Update: Applicants are NOT required to submit GRE exam scores when applying to the following programs: 
    • Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis PhD Program 
    • Combined School- Clinical Child Psychology PsyD Program
    • Mental Health Counseling MA Program
    • Marriage & Family Therapy MS Program 

It is the responsibility of all applicants to have applications and supporting materials, including the GRE and TOEFL scores, submitted by the deadlines listed below.

Please read our Ferkauf Preapplication Information PDF for information including the prerequisite courses required in order to begin a course of study at Ferkauf. Prerequisite courses are required to be completed by all applicants who do not have an academic psychology background.

Application Deadlines for Ferkauf Programs

Fall Admissions Only

Applications, including all related documents, must be received by the following dates:

  • Clinical Psychology Program (PsyD): January 1st
  • Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Program (PhD): January 15th 
  • School-Clinical Child Psychology Program (PsyD): January 15th 
  • Mental Health Counseling Program (MA): February 15th / April 15th
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MS): April 15th
  • Special Education (MA): May 31st

Applying to Ferkauf Programs

Please see our FAQ section below before applying.

Pathways B.A./M.A. in Mental Health Counseling

This option allows undergraduates from Yeshiva College (YC) and Stern College for Women (SCW) to take up to 12 graduate credits that will count toward both their bachelor's and master's degrees. After completing their bachelor's, students can finish their graduate degree in just one more year. 

  1. Admissions criteria: Juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (no exceptions). Students can begin taking graduate coursework in the fall semester of their senior year. The program does not allow for spring or summer starts.  
  2. Application Requirements: Submission of the graduate application including personal statement and letter of recommendation. YU transcripts will be pulled into the applicant record by the Graduate Admissions Team.    
  3. Helpful Links:  

Dual Degree Program: Mental Health Counseling 

Application Process: NOTE: If you are a YU undergraduate, you already have an account.

  1. Confirm your interest in the BA/MA program with the Pathways Coordinator ( 
  2. Notify your undergraduate Psychology Department Chair by the end of your second year that you are interested in the BA/MA in Mental Health Counseling. 
  3. Once the Chair approves your request, complete this application form to formally apply to the BA/MA program through Ferkauf Admissions. 
  4. Applications are due by December 1st of your senior year. 

Please note: Summer coursework may be required between sophomore and junior, and junior and senior years in order to be eligible to register for MA courses in your fourth year.

Applications for Fall 2024 are now available through PSYCAS!

(PSYCAS is the common application module sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA). For general information on PSYCAS, please visit the APA official website at .)

If you encounter a problem in completing the online application, please contact the Ferkauf Admissions Office at 646.592.4380 or before submitting your application.

Applicant/Student Confidentiality

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology enforces a strict policy of applicant/student confidentiality. The Admissions Office cannot discuss an applicant's or student's file or any other application material with anyone other than the applicant or student. Exceptions will only be made on a case-by-case basis and under careful evaluation.

Equal Opportunity

Yeshiva University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in admission and other facets of its educational programs and activities. The University encourages applications from qualified students of diverse backgrounds without regard to sex, religion, age, race, sexual orientation, handicap, color, or national origin, within the meaning of applicable law.

Admission FAQs

Applying to Ferkauf Programs

The process of applying to a graduate school often entails asking a lot of questions to ensure that you pick the school that's right for you. We realize this and have provided some frequently asked questions below for Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology's master's and doctoral programs. Since these are by no means exhaustive, please feel free to e-mail us with any additional questions you may have. Or call us at 646.592.4380.

Pre-Application Preparation

Yes, if an applicant is accepted and chooses to attend a program, they are expected to complete their outstanding prerequisite requirements prior to beginning class in the fall semester. Prerequisites can be completed at an accredited institution. Online institution credits are not acceptable.

No, a student can apply to any of our doctoral programs directly from having earned a bachelor’s degree. In some cases, a Master’s degree is advised as good way for prospective applicants to develop more experience (both clinical and research) in the field.

No, Ferkauf accepts and considers applications from applicants of diverse academic backgrounds. However, for all those applicants from non-psychology (or other related fields) academic backgrounds, we require that they fulfill all our listed prerequisite courses prior to beginning class in the fall semester, if accepted. Please see our “Pre-application Information” (PDF) above for the list of prerequisites.

Application Process

  • Applications are submitted using the PSYCAS application module. For more information on PSYCAS (as administered through the APA and Liasion) please visit American Psychological Association website.
  • A complete application to the Ferkauf Gradaute School must include the follow basic information:
    • Official Undergraduate Transcript (submitted through PSYCAS or mail/email)
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation (submitted through PSYCAS or mail/email)
    • 2-3 page Personal Statement (submitted through PSYCAS or mail/email)
      (Please write about yourself and your experiences that you believe make you a suitable applicant. Additionally, please tell us what draws you to the field, and to our program in particular. If there are specific faculty whose research area is of interest to you, please indicate.)
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume (submitted through PSYCAS or mail/email)
    • General GRE exam scores (sent electronically through ETS) If Applicable 
  • Any materials that are emailed or mailed can be sent to the follow address:
    • Email:
    • Mail: Office of Admissions, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology; Yeshiva University; 1165 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

No, applications will only be accepted for one doctoral program per yearly admissions cycle. Applicants are welcome to apply to both 1 doctoral program and the Mental Health Counseling program. (See application for details).

No, in some cases applicants may be offered acceptances to both the Mental Health Counseling MA and/or Marriage & Family Therapy MS and a doctoral program. Each program has a unique admissions committee; therefore, an acceptance to one program does not influence the admissions decision of the other program.

No, applicants are accepted to Ferkauf based on our desired class size and the strength of their own application and interview performance. Faculty advisors are assigned after acceptance is offered.

Yearly Class Sizes
Program Average Incoming Class Sizes
Mental Health Counseling (MA) 20 - 25
Marriage & Family Therapy (MS) 10 - 15
Combined School Clinical Child Psychology (PsyD) 21 - 23
Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis (PhD) 15 - 18
Clinical Psychology (PsyD) 23 - 25

Interviews for admission into the doctoral programs take place during late January through the end of February.

Interviews for admission into the master's programs are conducted on a rolling basis. 

No, each admissions committee selects applicants for interviews from the application pool, based on their respective admissions criteria.

Applicants being considered for an interviewed will be email and called to schedule an interview date and time during the period of mid January to mid February.

Application Final Decisions

The deadline for all final decision notifications is April 1st.

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