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The clinical psychology program follows a research mentor model of training in which each graduate student works closely with a clinical faculty member who serves as the student’s research mentor and advisor. For admission for Fall 2021, the following faculty are considering accepting a graduate student: 

Admission Requirements

A complete application should include the following:

  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement – Your personal statement should include a description of: your research experiences and/or research interests; your clinical experiences and/or clinical interests; your career goals upon completion of your Ph.D. in clinical psychology; and how your experiences and/or professional goals fit with the USD training program. You may also choose to include any other information, such as your experiences with diversity, that would help the admissions committee get to know you as an applicant. Please clearly state the faculty member who is your first choice, second choice (if any), and third choice (if any) to work with as your research mentor and explain why your interests and/or experiences fit with the selected faculty member’s area of research.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • Optional: GRE Scores – GRE scores are not required for admissions for Fall 2021, though you may choose to submit GRE scores if you believe they will improve your application.

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Psychology in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. For additional details about the graduate psychology programs, contact Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or email gradadmissions@usd.edu.