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College of Humanities & Sciences

Psychology Department

Admissions

General information about graduate study at VCU can be obtained from the VCU Graduate School web site. Application for graduate study in psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology should be initiated online from the VCU Graduate School admissions page. Please note that there is not a separate application for the program or department. For questions related to admissions please contact the clinical psychology program at clin-psy@vcu.edu.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is December 1.

Admission Requirements

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 considerations, GRE scores will not be required for applications for fall 2021. In addition, admission interviews will be held virtually on January 29th and February 5th.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, there are minimum acceptable standards for admission into the doctoral clinical program.

Although a master’s degree is awarded in progress toward the doctoral degree, this is not a terminal master’s degree and only students who are seeking the Ph.D. are considered for admission. At the present time, the clinical program is admitting five to nine new graduate students per year. Because of the large number of qualified applicants, the standards for admission are high and competitive. 

In addition to reviewing applicants’ GPAs and GRE scores (if submitted this cycle), admitting faculty consider strengths in research, productivity, and relevant experience. The Clinical Program is committed to increasing the number of students and faculty from underrepresented groups, including ethnic and sexual minorities. The program's and department's research also focus on issues of diversity across all of our research specialty areas.

Each application is reviewed by the program’s Admissions Committee, which is composed of clinical faculty members, and then is specifically reviewed by the faculty member(s) whose work is most closely aligned with the applicant’s self-described research and clinical interests. A central consideration during admissions decisions is the degree of fit between an applicant's research and clinical interests and those of a particular clinical faculty member, thus it is vital to state your research interests and proposed program track clearly in your personal statement. The final phase of admission entails in-person interviews with appropriate faculty and current graduate students.

Faculty Accepting Applications

Behavioral Medicine Concentration

Child/Adolescent Concentration

Some years, Affiliate Faculty admit students into the Clinical program. Please contact individual Affiliate Faculty members about this possibility. Applicants should apply to the Clinical program but indicate in their personal statements that they have an interest in being mentored by an Affiliate Faculty member, listing their name(s).

Admission Interviews

  • January 29th
  • February 5th

Graduate Student Support

In recent years, all of our students have received tuition waivers and assistantships or fellowships for at least the first four years of training. Some students also receive funding from their community clinical placements in their fourth or fifth years of study. There are multiple sources of financial support within the university: teaching assistantships and instructorships for the department, clinic assistantships, university fellowships, grant-funded research assistantships within the department and at the medical school, and loans from the Office of Financial Aid. Annual job placement of students is the responsibility of the department's Graduate Committee, which attempts in each instance to enhance the student's career development as well as meet their financial needs.

Additional Admissions Information

Do I have to submit a separate application?

No, you do not need to submit a separate application to the Clinical Psychology program. The Graduate School application will suffice.

Are GRE Subject scores required?

No, only GRE General scores are required for admission. 

If I have GRE scores I'd like to send to VCU this cycle, what is the program code?

Typically, general GRE scores are required, however, this cycle we are waiving that requirement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 5570.

If I take the GRE twice and plan to send my scores to VCU this cycle, will you take the best set of scores? 

Yes, we will take the best verbal score and the best quantitative score.

Should I identify a faculty member I would like to work with in my application letter?

Yes, it is recommended that you identify at least one faculty member whose research area interests you. 

For additional information about the Clinical Psychology program, refer to the full listing of FAQs found in this section of the website.

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