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Application Requirements

Academic Preparation

A minimum of 15 credit hours of psychology, including courses in statistics are required.

A minimum overall GPA of 3.20 for the last two years of undergraduate study is required.

Bachelor's Degree

Prior to matriculation, students must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

CV / Resume

Please provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume detailing your educational background, research experience, clinical work, and any relevant achievements. 

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation with your application. These letters should be from individuals, such as former professors or employers, who can speak to your academic abilities, research potential, and suitability for the program.

Personal Statement

Please attach a personal statement that discusses your academic objectives and any additional information you feel is relevant to your application. You should use this essay as an opportunity to express why your background and clinical and research objectives make you a strong candidate for our psychology program. Please also describe how your research interests align with and can contribute to the work conducted by faculty in the department.


You are required to submit transcripts from all previously attended universities and colleges. Please note that while unofficial transcripts are acceptable for your initial application, official transcripts from each US and international college, university, and community college that you have attended must be submitted and verified by RFUCAS to secure an offer of admission.

Computer Proficiency

Basic computer skills.

Tips for Putting Together a Strong Application

A number of helpful resources exist with suggestions for putting together a strong application. We encourage you to access the following resources while preparing your application:

  • This document from Penn State Behrend includes an example of a resume/CV for graduate school and some tips to help you create yours. We encourage you to include all of your work and volunteer experiences on your resume/CV that you wish to share, even if they're not directly related to clinical psychology. Work and volunteer experiences can provide opportunities relevant to success in graduate school such as leadership, time management, and writing.
  • In this document, created by Drs. Craig Rodriguez-Seijas and Jessica Schleider, there are examples of personal statements from people who have already applied to clinical psychology programs.
  • In this blog post, Derek M. Novacek outlines important questions to consider and useful strategies to implement when applying to graduate school in psychology.
  • This series of videos from the American Psychological Association will take you step-by-step through the preparation, application, interview, and admission processes.
  • In this detailed guide, Dr. Mitch Prinstein provides advice for applying to graduate school in clinical psychology, covering topics such as similarities and differences between programs, gaining research and/or clinical experience prior to graduate school, identifying a mentor, and so much more!
  • This guide addresses topics related to applying to graduate school in psychology such as prerequisites, application requirements, personal statements, and letters of recommendation.
  • The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) has assembled useful links and resources to guide you through the process of choosing and applying to graduate school here: