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Clinical and Community Psychology

Clinical Psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Clinical psychologists provide professional services for the diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, treatment and prevention of psychological, emotional, psychophysiological, and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. 

Clinical Mental Health Counselors/Community Counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. Clinical Mental Health Counselors  evaluate and assist groups, families, couples, and individuals with various types of problems. They teach patients how to overcome problems and promote mental health.

How do I apply to a clinical or community psychology program?

Currently, there is no centralized application systems. Students who are interested in applying to clinical psychology or mental health counseling programs must apply directly to each individual school.

What type of graduate exam do I need to take?

Clinical psychology and mental health counseling programs usually​ require students to take the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE). However, students should check each individual school to learn their specfic requirements. 


The 2017 cost of the GRE is $205​.00.

GRE Information​

What are the prerequisites for clinical or community psychology programs?

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed below. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.


Typically most PsyD/PhD programs require:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours in psychology
  • A course in statistics
  • Graduate Record Examinations
  • A minimum GPA of at least a 3.2

Typically most MEd/MA in Community Counseling Require:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Record Examinations
  • A minimum GPA of at least a 3.0

Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year

Students should meet with their academic advisor and the pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.

Below is a sample timeline for a psychology major. Please be aware that most community counseling programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.

Into what clinical psychology/counseling programs have DePaul students been recently admitted?

Unfortunately, because clinical psychology/counseling programs do not have a centralized applications system,​ Pre-Health Advising does not have access to this data.
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for the classes above and for the prerequisites for each individual professional school. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.​