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A minimum of 15 credit hours of psychology, including courses in statistics are required.
A minimum overall GPA of 3.20 for the last two years of undergraduate study is required.
Prior to matriculation, students must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
The GRE General Test is no longer required for our program. For those who choose to submit GRE scores, please note that it will not be used during the application review.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation from former professors or employers familiar with the applicant's professional or educational capabilities are required.
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application, with expectation that official transcripts be provided prior to final admission.
Basic computer skills.
Tips for Putting Together a Strong Application
A number of helpful resources exist with suggestions for putting together a strong application. We encourage you to access the following resources while preparing your application:
- As part of the application, you'll be asked to upload your resume/CV. This document from Penn State Behrend includes an example of a resume/CV for graduate school and some tips to help you create yours. We encourage you to include all of your work and volunteer experiences on your resume/CV that you wish to share, even if they're not directly related to clinical psychology. Work and volunteer experiences can provide opportunities relevant to success in graduate school such as leadership, time management, and writing.
- You'll also be asked to upload your personal statement as part of the application. Check out this document, created by Drs. Craig Rodriguez-Seijas and Jessica Schleider, to see examples of personal statements from people who have already applied to clinical psychology programs.
- In this blog post, Derek M. Novacek outlines important questions to consider and useful strategies to implement when applying to graduate school in psychology.
- This series of videos from the American Psychological Association will take you step-by-step through the preparation, application, interview, and admission processes.
- In this detailed guide, Dr. Mitch Prinstein provides advice for applying to graduate school in clinical psychology, covering topics such as similarities and differences between programs, gaining research and/or clinical experience prior to graduate school, identifying a mentor, and so much more!
- This guide addresses topics related to applying to graduate school in psychology such as prerequisites, application requirements, personal statements, and letters of recommendation.
- The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) has assembled useful links and resources to guide you through the process of choosing and applying to graduate school here: https://