Meridian’s admissions application is submitted via the online application form; applications are not submitted in hard copy. However, if you are unable to use the online application due to disability or otherwise, we are happy to print and mail it to you, for you to mail back.
The best way to connect with Meridian’s Admissions Team is via email, phone, or video conference (Zoom or Skype).
You may submit your admissions application online or by email (see the exception for this, noted above). You may submit your materials (letters of recommendation, personal statement, writing sample, resume) by uploading them to your online application at the time you first apply, or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official transcripts and application materials may also be sent to:
47 Sixth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
If you feel that the personal statement does not sufficiently demonstrate your writing skills, you may wish to enclose an additional writing sample of not more than seven pages.
In addition to submitting application materials, it is necessary that applicants attend an information session prior to moving forward in the application process.
Once all of the required materials have been received, the Admissions Committee will review your application.
The admissions interview is conducted via Zoom.
GPA requirement for admittance: Minimum GPA for admission to all degree programs at Meridian is a 3.0.
Advanced Standing may be applied for by students who are applying to one of the psychology doctoral degree programs with a Master's degree in psychology or its equivalent. Equivalence is assessed at the time of admissions by the Admissions Committee. Students with an appropriate Master's degree may apply for Advanced Standing. Students should keep in mind that if they are accepted and applied for advanced standing, their acceptance may not reflect this depending on the committee's assessment. Doctoral students entering with Advanced Standing status may not meet the educational requirements for state licensure within their degree program’s reduced total number of required coursework credits.
The following criteria are utilized in assessing a prospective student at the time admissions:
Meridian's curriculum is highly integrated and globally unique. Transfer credits from other schools are reviewed at the student's request. Transfer credits may be granted up to a maximum of 40 quarter credits for the PsyD, PhD, and EdD, and 12 quarter credits towards Master's degrees (M.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.Ed., MBA). PhD and PsyD students entering with Advanced Standing status may be granted transfer credit up to a maximum of 12 quarter credits.
Only courses taken in state-approved or regionally accredited academic institutions can be considered for transfer credit.
Meridian University does not accept credit earned through challenge exams or achievement tests. As well, the University does not offer credit for prior life experience.
Given Meridian’s emphasis in courses delivered through a transformative learning model - as well as each academic program’s distinct curricular orientation - prior coursework taken elsewhere is usually not equivalent to the approach and methodology taught at Meridian.
Faculty can provide a preliminary review of your transcript for potential transfer of credit against Meridian coursework. As this is a preliminary review, any courses assessed as likely being equivalent for transfer will be confirmed upon a subsequent review upon the student's admittance. Note that given the specialized nature and emphasis of Meridian's programs, prior coursework taken elsewhere is often not approved for transfer.
International transcripts created in languages other than English must be submitted as literal translations prior to admission and must be mailed for evaluation by a professional agency such as Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), Educational Perspectives, nfg (EP), or World Education Services (WES).
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
WES will issue a Basic Statement of Comparability or a course-by-course evaluation. WES should then send these directly to Meridian University. All other admissions documents must be submitted in English.
Educational Credentials Evaluators
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
PO Box A3462
Chicago, IL 60690-3462
Meridian University holds a policy of non-discrimination. All interested persons who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply. All application materials, once submitted, become the property of Meridian University and will not be returned, reprinted, or photocopied.
A complete admissions application and a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD are required to process your application at the time of submission. The fee is remitted at the time the application is submitted.
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