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Teachers College, Columbia University
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PhD Information > FAQ's For Ph.D. Prospective Students

FAQ's For Ph.D. Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the application?

Do I need to take the GRE?


Do I need to take the Psychology GRE?


What is the GRE code for Teachers College?  Is it different than Columbia University's?

The code for Teachers College is 2905.  This is different from Columbia's code.

Can I apply to both the clinical and counseling doctoral programs?


Are there any prerequisite courses that admitted students must have taken?

Before entry in the program, students must have taken a course in statistics and at least nine additional credits from among the following areas: personality, social psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, and experimental psychology (including laboratory experience).  An applicant may be accepted with a deficiency in one of these areas, on condition that the deficiency is remedied (either during the summer, or without graduate credit, during the first semester).

Are students admitted to work with a specific faculty member or do they choose a mentor after being accepted to the program?

The clinical psychology program operates under a mentorship model.  Applicants are advised to name a preferred professor(s) in their application.

When I apply, will my application be directed towards a specific faculty member or is it reviewed by everyone equally?

Your application will be directed towards the faculty member you named in your application. Those applicants who do not name a specific preferred advisor will have their material reviewed by that faculty member whose work is seen as most compatible with the interests and experience of the applicant.  However, the final group of applicants is discussed among all faculty members during the final admissions meeting. 

Where can I find information on each Professor's specific research interests?

For a brief overview, see  You can also look up journal articles by each professor for more details on past research.

Do Lecturers or Adjuncts take graduate students?


Which professors are accepting doctoral students for the coming academic year?

The following full-time, tenure-line faculty are likely to accept at least one new doctoral student for the next academic year:  Professors Farber, Luthar, Midlarsky, Miller, and Verdeli. 

How does the clinical program balance clinical training and research?

The program's training model is that of scientist-practitioner. In general, we strive for a 50-50 balance between research and clinical training; however, at our best, these two activities are merged. In addition, the amount of time students spend in faculty members' research labs varies significantly by professor, the nature of the research project, and students' year of training.

What is the theoretical perspective of the program?

We have a broad-based psychodynamic orientation, one that in recent years has primarily emphasized a relational perspective. Most of the courses and clinical supervision proceed from this general model. However, new courses in family therapy, CBT, and IPT have been added to the curriculum, and our newer faculty tend to be familiar with these newer approaches; in addition, supervisors with expertise in these modalities are available to our students.

What is the accreditation status of the program?

The program was granted full and 7-year approval (max term allowed) by the APA Commission on Accreditation in May 2009.  The next APA site visit is scheduled for 2015.

If admitted, what kind of funding can I expect to receive?  What is the average level of funding?

Most doctoral students with significant financial need obtain help in the form of a tuition scholarship.  On average, students receive a scholarship that covers approximately 30-50% of the cost of a year of tuition; scholarship monies for minority students tend to be on the higher end of this range.  Some students also receive stipends from faculty research grants. Most students also work part-time (evenings and weekends) to cover expenses.  Applicants can also look on the financial aid website for additional scholarships that may apply to them.

Will my degree come from Teachers College or Columbia University?

The PhD is awarded through Columbia University.

When will you be inviting students for interviews?

We will notify students in February.  In March, we will host an "Admissions Day" to which approximately 30-40 applicants will be invited. 

With whom will I interview?

Applicants will interview with the faculty member interested in working with them and with current graduate students.  This interview day will also include an orientation, Q & A with the Director of Training, Q & A with students, and (most likely) a colloquium presentation.

Are there current graduate students that I can contact for more information?

Below is contact information for the current 1st year students:

Chuck Burton (Advisor: Dr. Bonanno):

Erica Diminich (Advisor: Dr. Bonanno):

Ashley Kronen (Advisor: Dr. Midlarsky):

Biagio Mastropieri (Advisor: Dr. Miller):

Marina Mazur (Advisor: Dr. Miller):

Can I visit the TC Clinical Program to get a sense of it before the official 'admit days'?

As much as this would seem to make sense, the answer, unfortunately, is "no"---we'd really prefer you wouldn't. The reason is fairly simple: we receive over 300 applications annually, and an even greater number of inquiries. We have a small program with only 6 full-time, tenure-line faculty. We simply do not have time to meet with all--or even a small fraction--of those who would like to meet with us to discuss the program or their options or faculty research interests, etc. Relatedly: different faculty members have different feelings about email correspondence from prospective applicants. Some encourage correspondence and questions; others feel they simply do not have time for this. Applicants should first attempt to get their questions about the admissions process answered through the TC admissions office; our liaison in this office is Ms. Irene Pak ( Questions that that office cannot answer may be addressed to either Rebecca Shulevitz, Clinical Program Secretary (, the graduate student who is in charge of the admissions process (currently Ashley Bullock), or the Director of Clinical Training (currently Professor Lisa Miller,