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Clinical Psychology

The goal of the doctoral program in clinical psychology is to train sensitive and caring psychologists who are scientists, prepared to provide new knowledge and objective answers to the complex questions surrounding the assessment and treatment of human mental-health needs. The expectation of students is that they will be well-trained in research methodology and able to translate the empirical knowledge of psychology as a scientific discipline into skilled and effective research and/or practice.

The structure of the clinical psychology program is to combine course work, research training, and clinical skill in a developmental progression that allows for increasing independence, responsibility, and self-determination in areas of specialization. The training philosophy is one that views students as "junior colleagues" who collaborate with faculty in research and who are encouraged to engage in the activities that would be expected of a productive professional – attending and presenting at conferences, publishing research, reviewing manuscripts for journals, writing grant proposals, consulting about clinical cases, developing innovative programs and so on.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown School of Medicine, Assistant Professor at University of Georgia, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University School of Public Health, Psychologist at Cornell University, Postdoctoral Fellow at at Weill Cornell Medical College, Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
PhD December 1 n/a

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended. An undergraduate degree in psychology is desirable, but a degree in another field does not preclude admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official GRE subject test scores, Psychology Test

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Mary Ellen Gates, Secretary to the Graduate Director

Clinical Psychology website

Department of Psychology website

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Last Updated: 2/17/15