- Statement of Purpose (2 pages, single spaced)
- Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student's research and academic work (please use KU's online letter of recommendation system when you apply)
- List of psychology courses taken and grades received
Applicants must also provide:
- Transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained, or any institutions attended post-bachelors. Copies of official transcripts that you have opened may be uploaded to the online application and used for admissions consideration.
- Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English proficiency before gaining admission to a graduate program. More information can be found on KU's Graduate Studies English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Admissions policy page.
Applicants Without Undergraduate Psychology Degrees:
Our program is open to accepting well-qualified students whose undergraduate degrees are not in psychology. For such an individual to qualify for admission, however, he or she must have a minimum of 15 hours of undergraduate credits in psychology courses. Although a variety of psychology courses would be considered acceptable, the student's transcript ideally would include courses in such topics as psychological statistics, research methods and design, abnormal psychology, personality, brain & behavior, social psychology and cognitive psychology. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4-point grading system) is also required for admission to full graduate standing.
How Applications are Processed:
The clinical program's graduate admissions committee typically consists of three faculty members and one graduate student member. The chairperson of the admissions committee is responsible for organizing and overseeing the review of all completed applications. This process typically begins in late November or early December as applications become completed.
Each member of the admissions committee reviews the completed applications and assigns an overall rating to them based on his or her judgment of the applicants' qualifications. Although there are some quantitative elements involved in this rating process (e.g., GRE scores, undergraduate GPA), many of the elements of the applications are qualitative in nature (e.g., writing samples, personal statements, letters of recommendation) and are, therefore, evaluated on more subjective grounds. Also included in the admission committee members' evaluations are their subjective appraisals of the "goodness of fit" between the applicant's expressed interests and the particular strengths and offerings of our program. Our program does not employ set "cut-offs" with regard to any of the quantitative application elements (e.g., there are no formal cut-off for GRE scores or cumulative GPAs), although the Graduate School requires a minimum 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA for full, non-probationary admission into the Graduate School. (See tables below for information regarding students entering our program.)
Once all completed applications have been evaluated by the members of the admissions committee, the committee meets to determine which and how many applicants will be offered admission. The overall number of students being recruited into the program varies somewhat from year to year as the availability of resources and the program's needs change. In recent years, however, typical entering classes have consisted of 5-7 students about evenly split between the General program and the Clinical Health subspecialty. In order to recruit this number, a somewhat larger number of students is typically offered admission (some elect to go to other programs or change their career plans) and a list of "alternates" is also identified.
As quickly as possible following the December 1 application deadline, the admissions committee begins notifying students of the status of their applications. In-person interviews for applicants who are notified they are finalists for admission are strongly encouraged, and an "Admissions Open House" date is scheduled for those finalists who are able to attend (although individual visitation dates are arranged if needed). Although those applicants who are offered admission have until April 15 (unless the 15th falls on a weekend) to either accept or reject our offer, applicants are strongly encouraged to notify us of their decisions as soon as possible and, in fairness to other applicants, to "hold onto" no more than two offers of admission at any one time.