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All admissions material must be submitted through the UND School of Graduate Studies.
Students are admitted to the clinical psychology program with the expectation that they plan to obtain the Ph.D. degree.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- 18 hours of psychology courses which include:
- Introductory Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods
- Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic Writing) - direct ETS to forward scores prior to the January 1 application deadline.
- Three letters of recommendation
Applicants to the clinical psychology program will be eliminated from the initial admission review if they fail to meet any one of the following criteria:
- The following minimum requirements for a reviewable application must be received by January 1:
- Application completed through the UND School of Graduate Studies
- Transcripts from all academic institutions attended
- Curriculum vita
- Personal statement regarding career objectives, rationale for selecting UND, and faculty with whom you share research interests
- Payment of the application fee
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above; or a graduate GPA greater than 3.75 for applicants in the MAC pool
- Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing GRE scores equal to or exceeding the 30th percentile
January 1 Deadline
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation sent well ahead of our January 1 deadline. Delays are not uncommon; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive by the January 1 deadline. Applicants are further encouraged to check the status of their application through the online graduate school system frequently to confirm the receipt of their application materials.
Doctoral training programs must often plan several years ahead to assure that funding, practicum opportunities, and optimal class sizes will be in place. The admission of significant numbers of advanced students can complicate long-term planning. Thus, applicants who have earned, or will earn, a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, social work, sociology, any related behavioral science field will be assigned to a separate pool for consideration of admission (i.e., the MAC pool; see below for requirements). The psychology department faculty makes a judgment each year regarding the maximum number of students we are able to accept from the clinical applicants possessing graduate degrees in psychology and related-disciplines. Applicants applying to our clinical psychology graduate program may also apply to our experimental psychology program.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate applicant's most recent GRE scores. GRE scores in excess of five years old will be rated, but applicants who are ultimately in a position to receive an offer of admission must first retake the exam and successfully meet the department's minimum requirements with the updated scores. Applicants will not receive any points in the admissions review for letters of recommendation if they are not available once the application deadline has passed.
The top applicants will be invited to visit the UND Psychology Department in late February or early March for our open house. The open house begins early on a Friday morning and ends around noon on Saturday. An orientation meeting will be provided by department administrators along with a brief presentation by each faculty member regarding his or her research interests. You will also be provided an opportunity to request individual meetings with faculty members of interest on Saturday morning. An interview with two or more members of the Admissions Committee will be completed.
Graduate students in the psychology department must meet all of the policies and standards that are described in both the UND Graduate and Psychology Department Student Handbooks. Evaluations are made each semester on the academic progress and clinical skills (for students in the clinical Ph.D. program). Students must remain in good standing to remain in the program. Assuming compliance with university and program policy, students must meet the following requirements to complete the Ph.D.:
- Graduate course work (at least four years of full academic enrollment which includes completion of the Scholarly Tool for the Ph.D. which is met by the successful (GPA > 3.5) completion of PSY 541, 542 and 543.
- Successful completion of both a Master's thesis and Doctoral dissertation.
- Successful completion of all areas of comprehensive exams.
- Successful completion of an approved (one calendar year) clinical internship and required practicum (21) credit hours for the Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Minor in Psychology
Graduate students taking major work in other departments and graduate minor work in psychology for a master's degree should have the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in psychology with the following specific courses: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology (or the equivalent).
Any of the psychology courses which carry graduate credit are acceptable for the graduate minor. If you are taking major work in another department and minor work in psychology for a doctoral degree, in addition to having the undergraduate preparation noted in the paragraph above, must also have completed a course in statistics and an undergraduate laboratory course in Experimental Psychology. No specific courses are required for the graduate minor except that one-half of the total credits for the minor must be 500-level credits.