The application review process begins immediately after the application deadline, December 15.
All material included in the admissions procedure is accorded professional confidentiality by the clinical program’s admissions committee.
Composition of Admissions Committee
The clinical admissions committee consists of all clinical faculty accepting new students in the current cycle, a faculty member who is not accepting students in the current cycle, and a senior graduate student representative. The director of clinical training (DCT) or her designee serves as chair of the admissions committee.
Preliminary Review of Applications
Upon receipt of the completed applications from the Graduate School, the DCT or her designee, conducts a preliminary review of all applications. Information regarding GRE scores, GPA and relevant experiences (per the supplemental application) are summarized in a spreadsheet that is subsequently shared with members of the admissions committee.
Committee Review of Applications
Faculty members accepting new students to their research team review the applications for those applicants who ranked them as a possible mentor. Each assigns an overall rating to these applicants based on their judgment of the applicants' qualifications and match to the clinical program and to their research team. They then create a list of approximately 7-10 applicants they would like to invite for an on-campus interview.
While the clinical program does not employ set "cut-offs" with regard to any of the quantitative application elements (e.g., there are no formal cut-off for GRE scores or cumulative GPAs), applicants' overall credentials (GRE, GPA, letters of recommendation, research and applied experiences, match with our program) are considered in comparison to characteristics of past and currently enrolled students. Applicants interested in information on the qualifications of admitted students should consult the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data page.
The faculty mentor-ranked lists are forwarded to the committee chair. She will review the lists, consider overlapping choices, and develop a list of 4-5 applicants per faculty mentor to invite for interviews. The chair, in consultation with the faculty member on the committee not accepting students during the admissions cycle, may identify an additional 3-5 applicants to invite who may not have been ranked high by the faculty mentors but for whom faculty have expressed interest.
This stage of the review process results in a list of 30-35 applicants who will be invited for interviews. The final list of potential interviewees will be presented, discussed and finalized by the admissions committee.
Applicants on the approved interview list are invited to attend one of two on-campus visit days typically held in early to mid-February each year. All applicants invited to interview are strongly encouraged to attend in person. Applicants accepting the invitation to interview will work with the program secretary for scheduling and travel arrangements. Applicants who are not invited to interview will receive notification by the end of January that they are no longer under consideration.
Note: Applicants are welcome to visit campus or talk with faculty and students at any time prior to December 15. Applicants should not initiate/request campus visits after the application deadline and instead should wait to be notified of the admissions committee's decision regarding the review of their application.
The purpose of the interview is twofold:
- We want the applicants to experience the atmosphere of the program first-hand and to become familiar with the program, place and people.
- Our faculty and students want to assess the scholarly, research and clinical promise of the applicants so that the best admission decisions can be made.
During the interview day, each applicant has individual interviews with several clinical faculty. The interview day will also include small group interviews with current students and with additional faculty as well as a luncheon and potluck with clinical faculty and students.
At the end of each visit day, applicants are invited to submit a final ranked list of faculty they wish to consider as potential faculty mentors. This may be the same or differ from their original faculty mentor list. Likewise, faculty mentors are invited to submit their final ranking of potential mentees.
Post Interviews/Final Decisions
The chair of the admissions committee will tabulate the final rankings of applicants and faculty mentors. The admissions committee then meets to discuss the final rankings.
Based on the final list of applicants, the top applicants will be offered admission (usually one per mentor). The remaining will be notified either of their waiting list status or that they are no longer under consideration.
The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) have adopted a set of guidelines designed to facilitate the graduate admissions process by outlining expectations of both applicants and programs. Our program adheres to both of these sets of guidelines.
- Council of University Directors Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Guidelines for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances
CUDCP has adopted procedures to facilitate the graduate admissions process. These principles are designed to spell out the expectations of both parties during this stressful and often difficult time.
- Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) Guidelines Regarding Acceptance of Offers of Admission with Financial Offers
The Department of Psychology subscribes COGDOPs guidelines regarding admission decisions involving financial offers. An applicant who violates these regulations may risk any financial aid.