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Psychology | Clinical PhD Program

Admission to the Program

University requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work; scores from the GRE General Aptitude test; and for international students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.

Students must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale) in all relevant graduate work for which a grade has been awarded. An applicant may be admitted without the 3.0 undergraduate GPA if he or she (a) has maintained either a 3.3 cumulative GPA in a master's degree program at an accredited institution; or (b) has maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the last 12 credit hours which are part of a master's or doctoral program still in progress at such an institution at the time of evaluation of the application or in graduate work taken in nondegree status at American University and applicable to the degree program for which he or she is applying. This GPA is a minimum requirement. Typically admission to the clinical program requires a higher GPA. View the full disclosure data to see detailed information about admitted and graduated students.

Admission is based on test scores, previous academic performance, research experience and interests, clinical experience and/or interests, and three letters of recommendation. Those applicants to the clinical psychology program judged to be among approximately the top 40 are invited for an interview, and the final selection is based on all information, including the interview. Interviews are typically conducted on two separate dates in late January/early February. Students are admitted for full-time study only. 

There is a December 1st application deadline—fall admission only. 

All applicants should list 1-2 faculty advisors they are interested in working with from our clinical psychology faculty:

  • Dr. Anthony Ahrens
  • Dr. Nicole Caporino
  • Dr. Michele Carter
  • Dr. James Gray (*not accepting a student for AY 2018-2019*)
  • Dr. Kathleen Gunthert
  • Dr. David Haaga
  • Dr. Nathaniel Herr
  • Dr. Laura Juliano
  • Dr. Brian Yates

Interviews for Clinical PhD applicants will be held on January 30, 2017 and February 10, 2017.

Contact Lefteris Hazapis at for further questions.

Apply online or visit the College of Arts and Sciences graduate admissions Web page for additional information.

The American Psychological Association has advice on their Web site for individuals applying to graduate school.  

In recent years, the department has been able to fund 4-5 members of the incoming class. This funding has included tuition remission and a stipend, renewable for four years, contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.

Application Deadline

All application information must be received by December 1.

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