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Graduate Program

Clinical Psychology

Admissions Criteria

We encourage applications from candidates with a baccalaureate degree, as well as from candidates with graduate work in psychology and related disciplines. A baccalaureate degree awarded no later than the summer preceding the year of admission is a requirement for admission.

Applications are not considered for the spring semester. An undergraduate psychology major or equivalent coursework is usually expected.

The admissions committee bases its decisions on a combination of the applicant's:

  • Research and personal experience
  • Grades
  • Two GRE exams
    • GRE General Exam 
    • GRE Psychology Subject Test
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of aims

Some, but not all, candidates are invited for a personal interview, which will also be used to evaluate an applicant.

GPA and GRE

There is no minimum GPA or GRE requirement, but typically only students with excellent academic records are admitted. On the other hand, high GPA or GRE scores do not ensure admission.

Experience

The committee values evidence of the applicant's scholarly potential as well as comments by endorsers concerning the applicant's potential as a research psychologist and as a teacher. Prior experience in psychological research is given strong weight.

For applicants to the clinical program, the committee also considers evidence of maturity, interpersonal skills, and experience in applied settings (e.g., psychiatric hospital, community mental health centers).

Statement of Aims

The committee considers carefully the applicant's statement of aims to assess the match of his/her interests with program faculty and resources. Therefore, it is important for applicants to be as specific as possible about their research and training, and to specify the faculty member(s) with whom they would like to work. Because of the limited number of appointments made and the many students who meet or exceed these standards, it is not possible to offer admission to many outstanding applicants.

Diversity

Qualified members of ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to submit applications. The Clinical Psychology Program is devoted to promoting diversity within our field, and to supporting our students from diverse backgrounds. We actively promote a culture of inclusion and respect for differences in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, family status, and disability. Admitted students from underrepresented groups may be eligible for additional fellowships, awarded by the University on a competitive basis. On campus, the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity provides additional support and resources to facilitate the success of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented minority students.

Applying

Please be aware of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training's guidelines regarding the admission process. See our application page for information on how to apply.