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Admissions - FAQ

  1. What is the difference between the general clinical and developmental-clinical tracks?
  2. How many semester credit hours are in the program?
  3. I have a masters in psychology or a similar discipline. Can I still apply? Will my credits transfer?
  4. How long will it take to complete the program?
  5. What practicum experience is available?
  6. Do clinical students earn a Masters degree prior to a Ph.D? Is a masters thesis required?

Applications

  1. When is the deadline for application materials?
  2. Where can I find the application?
  3. How many people apply yearly and how many are accepted?
  4. Does the clinical psychology program hold interviews?
  5. What are the admission requirements? On what criteria are applications accepted?
  6. Is there a minimum GPA or GRE score required?
  7. Do you require the Psychology GRE?
  8. My undergraduate degree is not in psychology. Can I still apply?
  9. The Psychology Department Application asks me to list someone I’d like to work with. Can I list more than one? Is this a mentor?

Funding

  1. What are the available sources of funding? How many positions are funded annually?
  2. What is tuition?
  3. Where can I find more information on financial aid?

FAQ

  1. What is the difference between the general clinical and developmental-clinical tracks?
    The developmental-clinical track offers unique interdisciplinary training, and is one of seven such training opportunities in North America. Students in the developmental-clinical track must complete the requirements of the core clinical courses, and additionally, must complete courses in developmental psychology. Furthermore, developmental-clinical students are required to complete two sets of qualifying exams for doctoral candidacy—one focused on developmental topics (in the second year) and one primarily dealing with clinical issues (third year). As a result of the extra course load developmental-clinical students carry, they typically require an additional year to complete all the requirements.
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  2. How many semester credit hours are in the program?
    According to departmental guidelines, students are required to earn a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours. With course work, research, and practicum credit as specified in the requirements below, the number of credit hours will exceed the minimum required by the department. With the many program requirements (e.g., coursework, practicum, research apprenticeship, funding, etc.) full-time residence is essential throughout the entire course of study, which is typically four years for students in the general clinical track and five years for students in the developmental-clinical track (excluding internship).
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  3. I have a masters in psychology or a similar discipline. Can I still apply? Will my credits transfer?
    The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology welcomes applications from individuals with an existing Masters degree. A student may be exempted from a required course if he or she has passed an analogous course. It is up to the instructor to decide whether the student should enroll in the course or be exempted. The number of credits which can be waived is limited to twelve. It is important to note that the average time to completion for those entering with Masters degrees is no different from those entering with a bachelors degree.
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  4. How long will it take to complete the program?
    The number of years to complete program requirements varies by individual. The mean number of years to completion is 5.9 (median=6.0), with developmental clinical students requiring more time than general clinical track students. Further information regarding graduation outcomes can be found under Student Admissions, Outcome, and Other Data.
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  5. What practicum experience is available?
    The Psychological Services Center (PSC) serves as the primary training site for the APA accredited Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. The PSC provides a number of psychological services to the general public, including individual psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adult and child clients. In addition, we offer a number of positions at off-campus practicum sites. Off-campus practicum sites available to our students in recent years include the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center, Maine General Hospital (Waterville); Mountain View Youth Development Center, a juvenile detention facility (Charleston); Eastern Maine Medical Center, Maine Rehabilitation Neuropsychology Service (Bangor); Penobscot Job Corps (Bangor); Health Psych Maine, a group practice specializing in chronic pain (Waterville); school district assessment (Dover-Foxcroft); and Way to Optimal Weight (WOW) obesity program through Eastern Maine Medical Center.
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  6. Do clinical students earn a Masters degree prior to a Ph.D? Is a masters thesis required?
    Yes. There is no separate masters program, but students earn a “non-terminal” masters on the way to earning the doctoral degree. No thesis is required. The degree award is based on successful completion of the required courses and the doctoral comprehensiveexaminations.  To be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy, students must successfully complete the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination in Clinical Psychology. The comprehensive examination is typically taken at the end of the 2ndyear for general clinical track students; at the end of the 3rd year for developmental-clinical track students. The exam covers four content areas within clinical psychology and a fifth content area related to the student’s research specialization. Students in the developmental-clinical track will complete comprehensive exams in both Clinical and Developmental Psychology.
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Applications

  1. When is the deadline for application materials?
    The deadline for application materials is December 1st.
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  2. Where can I find the application?
    The Graduate School: Application Information
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  3. How many people apply yearly and how many are accepted?
    The number of applications varies annually. For instance, in 2012, we received 120 applications and 3 were offered admission. For more information, see Student Admissions, Outcome, and Other Data.
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  4. Does the clinical psychology program hold interviews?
    Our strongest applicants are invited to interview over a weekend in February. Interviews are held on a Monday and last all day, during which time students attend a case conference presentation and receive a tour of the department and campus. A potluck dinner is typically held the evening before interview. The department makes every effort to host applicants with existing graduate students during interview weekend.
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  5. What are the admission requirements? On what criteria are applications accepted?
    We conduct an initial screening of completed applications and make an initial selection of promising applicants based on a composite of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate Grade Point Average, research and clinical interests reflected in the Personal Statement, and letters of reference. To ensure adequate preparation for entering our strongly research-oriented program, we favor applicants with successful undergraduate coursework in science and mathematics. As part of our ongoing efforts to increase diversity in our program, we particularly encourage minority-group students to apply.
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  6. Is there a minimum GPA or GRE score required?
    Grade point averages below 3.3 and beneath the 50th percentile in Verbal or Quantitative GREs often result in rejection. However, in some cases, low scores are offset by other strengths in the application, and applications are rarely rejected purely based on grades or scores alone. Please note: the program will also be accepting revised format GRE scores.
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  7. Do you require the Psychology GRE?
    No, the Psychology GRE is not required at this time.
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  8. My undergraduate degree is not in psychology. Can I still apply?
    The Doctoral program welcomes applications from a variety of disciplines; an undergraduate specialization in psychology is not required. However, the program looks favorably upon undergraduate coursework in science, mathematics, and psychology as preparation for our program.
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  9. The Psychology Department Application asks me to list someone I’d like to work with. Can I list more than one? Is this a mentor?
    The Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is a mentor-based training program in which students identify and work closely with a faculty member who serves as an advisor. Applicants should look carefully through the  faculty list and identify one or two faculty members whom they wish to work with.
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Funding

  1. What are the available sources of funding? How many positions are funded annually?
    The Department makes every effort to secure funding for its graduate students in the form of graduate assistantships, grants, and contracts. All students currently in the first four years of the program are receiving funding from the University. This funding includes tuition remission (and in-state rates for tuition above the 18 credit threshold), 50% of the health care premium, and a $14,600 stipend for 9 months (as per 2013/2014 academic year). Such funding, when available, typically applies to no more than four years of graduate training (students on internship are usually paid a salary for that year by the host institution).
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  2. What is tuition?
    Information regarding tuition and fees may be found at the Bursar’s Office: Tuition and Fees. Other costs (e.g., housing and other living costs, books and supplies, and health care coverage) are not included in this estimate. More information regarding costs can be found at Office of Student Financial Aid: Cost of Attendance.
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  3. Where can I find more information on financial aid?
    More information on student financial aid, including types or aid, how to apply, and loans, can be found at Office of Student Financial Aid.
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