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Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program

Application to the Combined Program

Admissions Quick Info

Application Deadline: December 1
Interview Notification: December 15
Interview Date: January 29

Applications for admission are made on the School of Graduate Studies website.

The Combined Program accepts students entering with a bachelor's degree as well as those entering with a master's degree. Students entering with a bachelor's degree will earn a master's degree in the program, however the Combined Program does not offer a terminal master's degree.

Application Process

The Combined Program seeks to attract high quality students. Students are selected on the basis of their qualifications as represented through their application, interactions with faculty and students, and the interview process.

Submit the Following Directly to the Graduate School's Website:

  • Application Form
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Official report of GRE scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • CV | Resume
  • Statement of interest | letter of intent

Applicant files are reviewed and evaluated on the following qualifications:

  • GRE scores
  • GPA for last 2 years
  • Letters of recommendation addressing students' academic, clinical and research abilities/aptitude, and interpersonal skills
  • Background in psychology or related field
  • Previous clinical or applied experience
  • Documented prior research experience
  • Letter of intent outlining professional goals commensurate with the Combined Program's training program and demonstrating excellence in written communication
  • Diversity of applicants across a number of domains including ethnicity, geography, prior degrees (e.g., undergraduate or Masters), professional interest area, and gender
  • Academic broadening experience (e.g., students having their training with multiple faculty across academic institutions)
  • Fit with current faculty in the Combined Program


Students with stronger applications (e.g., rated more highly) are likely invited for in-person interviews (some of these may be conducted as phone interviews depending on applicant availability). In general, approximately 25 applicants are identified as finalists and 15 – 20 applicants are invited for interview, with the remaining 5 – 10 applicants considered interview alternates. Applicants invited for interview are further evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Fit with program and faculty needs

Upon completion of the interview process, student overall performance is considered and applicants are identified to whom offers of admission are extended. In general, 8 – 10 offers of admission are initially extended each year. Should students elect to decline an offer of admission, additional offers may be extended to other students who were in the finalist or alternate groups until a sufficient number of students are recruited for the program.