Special Instructions for Clinical Science Program Applicants

Admissions information for Fall 2022.  (Note: There are no comparable informational sheets for other Areas of the Psychology Department.)


Dear Applicant to the Graduate Program in Clinical Science:


This provides additional information about the Clinical Science Program’s philosophy of research training. Central to our philosophy of research training is the notion that Clinical Science Program graduate students should be involved in the process of learning about research during all years of their residence in our program. To facilitate research experience, each student is invited to join a faculty member’s research group upon admission. This mentorship provides new students with the opportunity to learn about the faculty member’s research area from close contact with the faculty member and his or her students. Although most students maintain that relationship beyond the first year, there is flexibility in choosing a research mentor and establishing other research relationships as one progresses through the program.


We strongly advise that you read the research descriptions of faculty posted on the website before completing your application. The following professors will be admitting new students for Fall 2022:

  • Stephen Hinshaw, Keanan Joyner, Aaron Fisher

After reading the research descriptions, please indicate on the application the Clinical Science Program faculty whose research best fits your interests. The list should be by order of preference and include a brief explanation. Please note that although a faculty member may be interested in mentoring a new student, all admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee, not by individual faculty members.


For Fall of 2018, the committee reviewed 357 applicants to form an incoming class of 5. As with any graduate program, test scores and GPAs are considered.


Median Graduate Record Exam (GRE General) scores of admitted students over the past three years were: Verbal 165 (95th percentile), Quantitative 161 (80th percentile), Analytical Writing 5.0 (93rd percentile). Average GPA over the past three years was 3.75. In addition to these measures, careful consideration is given to your Statement of Purpose, research experience, and letters of recommendation. An outstanding record in any one of these areas, particularly in research experience, may compensate for poorer performance in another.


Scores from the GRE Psychology subject test are not requested or considered in the application process. Clinical Science graduate applicants, though, are encouraged to take the Psychology subject test, because high scores from the test can help cover the APA breadth requirements if the test was taken before the start of graduate training.

NOTE: Because of the large number of applicants we are not able to answer individual inquires after the application deadline.  Please be assured that you will hear from us about the status of your application as soon as decisions have been made.