Midwestern University Doctor of Psychology

Admissions and articulation agreement between Lake Forest College and the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University Downers Grove Campus Clinical Psychology Program

Beginning with the class matriculating in fall 2023, the Clinical Psychology Program in the College of Health Sciences (“CP Program”) at Midwestern University agrees to guarantee interviews and reserve six (6) acceptances, in total, for qualified LFC applicants per admission year. Applicants must meet all the requirements set forth below, as well as excel in their interview with MWU’s Admission Committee, for reserved seating consideration. 

LFC students applying for admission to the CP Program must satisfy the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  • Achieve a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 = A scale) in their undergraduate coursework.
  • Have received (or be on track to complete and provide proof of completion by [first day of first quarter] of the calendar year when matriculation would occur if accepted) a baccalaureate degree from LFC
  • Have completed the minimum number of prerequisite courses (as stated in the Midwestern University Catalog) in the prescribed subject areas at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better before the program begins
  • Be recommended by a letter to the Dean of the College of Health Professions from Lake Forest College’s Pre-Health Advising Committee
  • All applicants must have completed Lake Forest College’s Health Professions Program prior to matriculation at Midwestern University
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the desired profession and a sincere interest in a career in the field
  • Clinical and research experiences that indicate sufficient exposure for candidates to make informed decisions about a career in psychology
  • Achieve the standards set forth by the Admissions Committee (including documentation of academic and professional promise in the prospective student)
  • Reflect a people/service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  • Reflect proper motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  • Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  • Abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Meet all other admissions requirements set forth by MWU

International Applicants

Must complete a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. Of the thirty (30) semester hours, fifteen (15) hours must be in the sciences, six (6) hours must be in non-remedial English composition, and three (3) hours in speech/public speaking. Additional requirements for international students that have been accepted into the CP Program are included in the matriculation agreement.

The final decision on acceptance for applicants shall be up to the discretion of the CP Program Admissions Committee, subject to approval by both the Program Director and the Dean.

To be considered for admission to the CP Program, applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions:

  • A properly completed Clinical Psychology Application for Admission form. Forms and instructions can be downloaded at www.midwestern.edu (click on the IL Clinical Psychology program section) or by writing or calling the Office of Admissions at Midwestern University, 555 31st, Downers Grove, IL, 60515, 630/515-6171 or 800/458-6253; e-mail admissil@midwestern.edu.
  • Three properly signed and sealed letters of recommendation from professionals who know the applicant well. The Office of Admissions will accept letters from prehealth advisors or committees, science professors, and health professionals.
  • Official transcripts from every undergraduate, graduate, or professional school attended. Each transcript MUST be signed and sealed by the registrar of each institution.

Pre-Requisite Courses

  • PSYC 110: Intro to Psychological Science
  • PSYC 210: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 221: Research Methods & Statistics I
  • PSYC 222: Research Methods & Statistics II
  • PSYC 350: Psychopathology & Clinical Science