The code for Teachers College is 2905. This is different from Columbia's code.
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).
The clinical psychology program operates under a mentorship model. Applicants are advised to name a preferred professor(s) in their application.
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.
The list of faculty reviewing and potentially accepting applicants for each cycle is listed on the application itself. Please check the application itself or email the admissions office at
CCPadmission@tc.columbia.edu for clarification.
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.
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, IPT, and neuropsych 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.
The Clinical Psychology Program was founded in 1947-1948 and was APA-accredited in the first group of programs that were reviewed for accreditation in 1948. That status has been uninterrupted. Our most recent site visit from the APA occurred in 2021, and we have been accredited until June 2031.
The Ph.D. is awarded through Columbia University.
We will notify students who will be invited for interviews typically between January and February each year. Soon after, we will host an "Admissions Day" with interviews for those applicants who have been invited to interview.
Applicants will interview with the faculty member interested in working with them, with a second faculty member, 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.
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 500 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. Ashley Blasland (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions that that office cannot answer may be addressed to Rebecca Shulevitz, Clinical Program Secretary (email@example.com).