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Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Clinical Psychology
In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

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Information on applying for the Doctor of Philosophy:

1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent in another country is required. An applicant who applies while still an undergraduate can be accepted only on condition that the bachelor’s degree be received in time for enrollment. The undergraduate transcript must include a course in statistics and at least nine additional credits from among the following areas, at least one of which should include a laboratory experience: personality, social psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, learning theory, psychology of perception, and experimental psychology. An applicant may be accepted with a deficiency in one of these areas on condition that the deficiency be remedied (either during the summer or without degree credit, during the first semester). Many, though not all of our accepted applicants have also received an M.A. degree in psychology.

2. Clinical and Research Experience: Though not required, the Program values the additional evidence of maturity, competence, and capacity for responsibility that comes from a broad range of work and life experiences. Most students admitted to the program have engaged, after college, in some type of supervised work in a clinical setting, as well as research that is commensurate with the interest of a faculty member in the program.

3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Applicants must submit the results of the GRE Aptitude tests taken no more than five years prior to the date of the application. Unless English is not the applicant’s first language, scores on the Verbal and Quantitative tests and the Advanced Test of less than 650 will make acceptance less likely. On test retakes, the Admissions Committee will consider the higher scores. Applicants are urged to take the GRE no later than November.

4. References: Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on their scholarly and personal qualifications.

5. Personal Statement: Applicants should try to say something about the range of their interests and experience, attempting to give the Admissions Committee a flavor of the
person behind the application.

Applicants whose qualifications appear most promising are invited to a personal interview, usually in late February or early March. As a rule, no applicant will be accepted on the basis of an application alone. Applicants are interviewed by one student and one faculty member of the Admissions Committee. All material included in the admissions procedure is accorded professional confidentiality by the Committee. The fact that students submit their applications with this knowledge constitutes permission to have these materials read by both faculty and student members of the Committee.

Applicants for the doctoral program are considered for fall admission. For doctoral applicants, all admissions materials must be received by the final application deadline as advertised by the College.

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