Applicant characteristics

CI_interviewThe Program is organized to provide a thorough grounding in major methods of empirical inquiry. Scientific method is considered the cornerstone upon which clinical knowledge is advanced and clinical skills are developed. Research requirements are not regarded as hurdles to be surmounted in areas apart from the real-life dilemmas encountered by practitioners. Rather, the Program attempts to stimulate interest in research related to complex clinical and social problems. Similarly, contemporary clinical skills are taught within the context of relevant theory and empirical data.

How We Select Students

We follow a mentoring model of selection in which individual faculty choose finalists from a pool that is evaluated first by multiple faculty. Each application is read by the preferred faculty advisor (as indicated by your nomination) and at least one other faculty member. We use a compensatory evaluation system. Applications are evaluated in their entirety such that strength in some entry criteria (e.g., strong evidence of research productivity) can offset weaknesses in others (e.g., lower GRE scores). We look especially for compatibility between individual faculty interests and the research interests and, more importantly, actual research experiences of individual students.

Faculty review applications as they become complete, with most reviews occurring between the end of the fall semester and early in the spring semester (December January). Individual faculty contact prospective applicants that they are particularly interested in having enter our program. We conduct interviews of prospective candidates in mid-to late January. Interviews may be live or via phone, if traveling to campus represents a hardship on candidates.

We make offers to students soon after interviews. Students who are offered entry into the program have until April 15 to accept our invitation. In consideration of other students who are waiting for acceptance, we urge you to make your decision as early as you can.

Given this process, it is, therefore, VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOMINATE A PREFERRED ADVISOR ON YOUR APPLICATION.Please consult the faculty page to ensure that your preferred faculty advisor is accepting new students. It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as you can, but certainly by the deadline specified on the applications page.

Six to nine new students are admitted to the clinical psychology Program each year. The Program encourages diversity in ethnicity, race, gender, physical challenge, and sexual and gender identity. At any given time, there are between 40 and 50 students in the Program, which can be completed in five years of full-time study plus a year of internship. The Program does not accept students on a part-time basis. The course of study requires a research M.A. thesis or its equivalent, a research doctoral dissertation, a written general examination, and a one-year block internship. Students who enter the Program with an M.A.that did not require a research thesis will be expected to meet an equivalent research requirement.