Clinical Admissions Requirements

Note that Applications are due December 1st.

UPDATES 11/25/2020

  1. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications submitted this fall 2020. Applicants should NOT submit their GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements.

UPDATES 10/13/2020

  1. The following faculty plan to admit a student for fall 2021: Dr. Haigh (generalist), Dr. MacAulay (neuropsychological emphasis) and Dr. Nangle (child emphasis).
  2. In response to COVID-19, the program will conduct remote interviews. Please check back for details.

UPDATES 8/19/2020

  1. Due to COVID-19, the GRE requirement is waived for Fall 2021 Ph.D. applications.
  2. In the coming weeks, a list of faculty/labs who are hoping to recruit students will be provided. Faculty/labs who are not listed here do not expect to admit a student for Fall 2021.
  3. Please check back for updates regarding the format of our interview day and whether it will be held remotely due to COVID-19.

The doctoral program in clinical psychology is committed to increasing the representation of diverse individuals in our training program. The program defines diverse identities with broad strokes, including age, ability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, Veteran’s status, and socioeconomic status.

In line with the program’s commitment to attract and recruit diverse students, faculty conduct a holistic review of every graduate student application. In a typical year, the program receives over 100 applications. We make an initial selection of promising applicants based on a composite of research and clinical interests reflected in the Personal Statement, letters of reference, undergraduate Grade Point Average, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (note the GRE requirement is waived for Fall 2021 PhD applications). To ensure adequate preparation for entering our strongly research-oriented program, we favor applicants with successful undergraduate coursework in science and mathematics and research experience. See Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for more information on the qualifications of our incoming students. In line with our holistic approach to admission, in some cases, low scores (GPA, GRE) can be offset by other strengths in the application such as  research experience and letters of recommendation. Applications are rarely rejected purely based on low grades or scores alone. As part of our ongoing efforts to increase diversity in our program, we encourage minority-group students to apply.

To increase our ability to interview a broader pool of applicants and to reduce economic barriers associated with in-person interviews, our program conducts an initial round of video interviews. Applicants who are a particularly good fit with a prospective mentor are invited to spend a day on campus to meet faculty and graduate students and tour department facilities and the larger campus. In most years, we admit 3 to 5 students; the actual number varies depending on factors such as University support and the availability of a suitable faculty advisor for each student. The 22 students currently in the clinical training program represent a wide range of ages and geographical areas.

2018 Clinical Handbook

Admissions Process:
Application to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is a two step process that requires completion of the Graduate School’s Application for Admission, as well as the separate application for the Psychology Department.

Step #1:

Apply to Graduate School

Step #2

Apply to Clinical Psychology




★ Guide to Getting Into Graduate School

Deadline: December 1st in the year of applying

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