Hello everyone, I would like to begin by thanking everyone for spending their precious time on reading this thread and trying to help me with my current predicament. Let me start off by telling you all about my current situation. I have graduated with a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College CUNY back in 2015. I graduated with a 3.98 GPA for my Masters and a 3.65 GPA for my Bachelor. As much as I would like to continue pursuing a career in mental health counseling, I realized there are many restrictions that prevents me from being able to continue to grow as a clinician. As a result, I decided to apply for a doctoral degree to hopefully further my skills as a healthcare provider. I made the mistake of applying only to one school during the previous year. I applied for Pace's PsyD program in School-Clinical Child Psychology program. I took the GRE for the first time and scored 152 in verbal (56th percentile), 151 in quantitative (43rd percentile), and a 4 in analytic writing (60th percentile). I have had a few years of volunteer/internship work in clinical settings and have had a little experience in the field of case management. Although I have felt like I have worked really hard for the past 6-7 years, the rejection made me feel as if all my hard work was meaningless. I tried to contact the school to figure out what the reasons were for their decision to reject me as an applicant, so that I can hopefully improve myself as a better candidate the following year. However, the admissions staff simply recommended taking the psychology subject GRE, which I was unable to do so due to the lack of time. Since they are unable to give me any other information as to what I can do to improve my application, my first question would be if you guys have any advice as to what I can do to better myself as a applicant for Pace's Psy.D Program. I will be taking my psychology subject GRE in September, and even though the website says that this exam is "optional", from your experience do you believe this exam is truly "optional"? My second struggle is finding other Psy.D or Ph.D programs to apply to within the NYC area. The reason Pace was my first choice is because it is a combined program, which offers a wider variety of occupational options, and that it is easily accessible (30-45 minute ride away). I know that almost all Doctorate programs are a 5-7 year commitment, and due to it's costly nature, living at home seems like the best financial choice. Therefore I was wondering if there's any Psy.D or Ph.D programs for clinical psychology or related fields, that are located in Brooklyn or Manhattan...I apologize for my ineptness...ever since being rejected from Pace, all my dreams and hopes for my future and my family has been inhibited. It was my fault for placing all my eggs in one basket and I am trying very hard to not do the same this time around... Thank you so much, sincerely, for listening (reading) this long rant about my insecurities and my disastrous attempt at picking myself back up. I look forward to reading your advice on how to continue to grow and what schools I should apply to for the year of 2018. Have a pleasant evening and best of luck on all of your future endeavors. P.S. For the students who have been accepted to Pace's Psy.D program in School-Clinical psychology, do you mind sharing your scores or application process that you believe would help improve my chances of being accepted? Please feel free to PM me if you do not feel comfortable sharing those information publicly. I cannot thank you all enough for your help. I look forward to speaking with you all!