Department of Psychology

Apply to Clinical Program

The Clinical Psychology PhD program admits students to start Fall semester only. All application materials are due by December 1st to matriculate the following Fall.

Click here for detailed application instructions

What you need to apply online:

  • $60 application fee ($70 for international students)
  • Contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation on your behalf
  • Biographical and educational background information
  • GRE scores sent directly to the Graduate School from ETS
  • Statement of Intent
  • List of psychology courses taken
  • CV or resume
  • Transcripts sent directly to the Graduate School from each post-secondary institution attended
  • For international students: TOEFL scores (including Speaking Section) sent directly to the Graduate School from ETS
  • A ranked list of 3 faculty members in the psychology department with whom you would like to work

Admission requirements

Admission to the clinical psychology program is granted by the dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the program and Department of Psychology. All completed applicant files are individually reviewed and incoming students selected by program faculty, in coordination with the Director of Clinical Training. We consider all elements of an applicant’s dossier – GPA, GRE, personal statement, research and applied experience, letters of recommendation, and diversity status. The essential requirements for admission to the clinical program are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a record of achievement that shows strong promise of success in the program’s course work and activities in research and clinical work. Applicants are expected to have performed well in foundational areas of psychology and should have at least 15 credit hours of coursework in psychology, including statistics and research methodology.

Average GRE scores and GPA for students who have been admitted to the clinical program

Our major goal is the training of scientist-practitioners. Therefore, we admit students who have a strong interest in conducting research and applying this knowledge to clinical problems. Applicants whose sole interest is applied training (e.g., only interested in seeing clients but not in research) would not be a good match for our program. 

We adhere to a mentorship model, whereby students admitted to the program have research interests similar to those of one or more of the clinical faculty. Applicants are urged to consider this when writing their personal statements and evaluating their fit with the program. A formal on-campus interview is required for finalists. Students who have earned a master’s degree at the time of their admission to the program may be able to achieve exemption from some required courses.

General information about clinical psychology graduate training

  • Fact Sheet — helpful information related to considering clinical psychology graduate programs
  • Application Resources — assistance for students in the application process for any graduate program (although the materials are tailored toward applicants from diverse backgrounds, the material would likely be helpful for any prospective student)
  • Local living conditions — information on what it’s like to live in Auburn, Alabama

For more information, contact Chris Correia.

Last Updated: November 04, 2016