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Admission Requirements

The Clinical program typically accepts six students per year — three in the Child track, and three in the Community track. Admission is highly competitive, with more than 400 applicants per year. The review process is separate for each track, and admission decisions take into account match to the program and specific faculty who can serve as mentors. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to learn more about the Clinical-Child track, the Clinical-Community track, and our faculty.

Students can only apply to one track and should list 1-3 potential faculty members whom they are interested in having a primary mentor on their personal statement and application. In the community track, Drs. Brown, Greeson, Jason, and McMahon will be considering applicants for Autumn 2018 admission. In the child track, Drs. Buscemi, Grant, and Polo will be considering applicants for Autumn 2018 admission.

DePaul Clinical Psychology PhD Program’s in-person interview day will be on Monday, February 12th, 2018. Invitations for interviews will be emailed in late January 2018 or early February 2018.

Please read through the general instructions before filling out the online application.


Students educated outside the United States must present proof of English proficiency. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 96 on the TOEFL iBT, 243 on the computer-based test or 590 on the paper-based test. A minimum of 7.5 on the IELTS may be submitted for this requirement.

For additional information for international students please visit our International Student Admission Process page.

Faculty carefully review all application materials and evaluate applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the December 1 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date, and interviews with a group of selected applicants will take place on campus in February. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. Please submit your scores directly through ETS. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: Students are required to have had courses in statistics, research methods, abnormal psychology, history and systems of psychology, and other areas of psychology to permit advanced study in this field. The minimum requirement for admission is 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Although not required, science, computer, and math courses are viewed positively. In addition, applied and research experience will be an important consideration in the selection process. Download and fill out the Course History List form.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

6. Match to the Program: As the DePaul Clinical program is more specialized than many programs, the match of a student's career goals and experiences to the program objectives is also a significant consideration in the admission evaluation process. In applying to the Child track, it is helpful to mention specific interests or experiences that coincide with faculty members in that track as part of the personal statement. The Child track evaluates applicants based on their overall fit with the track’s Clinical-Child faculty. It is not a strict mentor model, and students typically work with more than one Clinical-Child faculty member during their doctoral study. As part of the application, applicants are asked to identify three faculty members with whom they might be interested in working.

7. Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

8. Students with Disabilities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

9. Students with Previous Graduate Credit. The transfer policy can be found here: Transfer Credit ​​