The deadline for receipt of application materials is December 15 of each year. Admissions decisions are made in February with each new incoming class beginning the program in August.
The clinical program seeks mature, committed and responsible individuals of diverse personal, cultural, ethnic and geographical backgrounds who are interested in both psychological research and clinical practice.
Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent in another country. An applicant who applies while still an undergraduate can be accepted only on condition that that bachelor's degree will be received in time for fall enrollment.
We do not require that applicants have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. However, we do require that the applicant has at least 18 semester hours in psychology coursework (with a grade of B- or better). In addition, foundational knowledge in affective, biological/physiological, cognitive, developmental and social aspects of behavior and history & systems of psychology is required. This foundational knowledge may be shown in one of two ways:
Applicants may want to check with the program if they are unsure if their undergraduate courses qualify. The program may ask for a copy of the syllabus for the course they are inquiring about.
Students admitted to the clinical program will be formally admitted to the doctoral program but will be expected to complete a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in psychology enroute to completion of the Ph.D. We do not offer a terminal master's degree in clinical psychology.
Applicants who have completed, or are in the process of completing, a master's degree in psychology (with an empirical thesis) prior to enrollment in our program, may not be required to complete a second master's degree. This is not an option for students completing master’s degrees in other disciplines. For more information, please contact the Program Director or refer to the Clinical Program Graduate Handbook.
Please have official scores sent to:
University of South Dakota (Code 6881)
Department of Psychology (Code 2001)
You may send an unofficial copy with your application packet for informational purposes, but only official score reports mailed from ETS will be accepted for final admission consideration. For information concerning the GRE, contact the Educational Testing Service or the testing center of the school you are attending.
NOTE. The Subject GRE (Psychology) is not required but is strongly recommended for applicants without an undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology.
For additional information regarding the admissions process, please see our page on Application Review, Interviews and Admissions Offers.