PhD in Clinical Psychology Admissions

PhD Admission Deadlines Application review begins Nov. 1, 2022. Apply by Dec. 1, 2022 for early consideration
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The PhD in Clinical Psychology program admits students once a year for the fall term, which starts in September.

Quick Application Checklist

  • Online Application via PsyCAS
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose


  • Application review for the fall 2023 cohort begins November 1, 2022.
  • Apply by December 1, 2022 for early consideration.
  • Apply by January 8, 2023 for regular considerations. Applications may be accepted after this date if space is available.


Applications for fall 2023 are now open. PAU uses the American Psychological Association’s (APA), Psychology Centralized Application Service (PSYCAS). In preparation for applying, you will need a copy of your transcript(s) available for your review. 


The PhD program requires the following prerequisites for entry into the PhD in Clinical Psychology program. They must be passed with a grade of B or better and completed before the start of classes in the PhD program:

  • Biopsychology (e.g. Sensation and Perception, Brain and Behavior)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics

The four mentioned courses will help ensure that all incoming students have a smooth transition into our rigorous doctoral program.

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Admissions Snapshot for Fall 2022 Cohort (as of 1.12.23)
PhD Total Applicants 550
Admit Rate 33.1%
Final Cohort Size 61

Demographic Summary: Fall 2022 Deposited PhD Students

Self-Reported Race (PAU uses IPEDS rules when reporting race and ethnicity)

Hispanic 25.53%
American Indian N/A
Asian 33.33%
Black 3.92%
Pacific Islander N/A
White 37.25%
Two or More Races N/A
No Response 1.96%

Race - Narrative Summary

Hispanic 3
Hispanic - White 6
Hispanic - Black - Pacific Islander 1
Hispanic - Black 2


Asian Indian





Sri Lankan










Black  2
White 19


Male 9.80%
Female 86.27%%
Gender Non-Conforming 1.96%
Not Listed 1.96%


Average Cumulative Undergraduate GPA

Lower Quartile: 2.71 – 3.34
Mean: 3.53
Median: 3.63
Upper Quartile: 3.85 – 4.0

Other Demographics

Average Age at Application 25.01 (Range: 20-33)
US Citizenship


First Generation 43.13%
Native Languages Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, English, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, Swedish


FAQ: I would like to apply to the PhD and PsyD. Should I submit two personal statements?

Yes. Although both programs are committed to training clinical psychologists, the programs have different strengths, training missions, structure, and faculty. You do need to write separate statements of purpose for each program.

To apply to both programs:
1. Start an application for the PsyD program in PsyCAS
2. In the "Program Materials" section, select "yes" to the question that asks, "Would you also like to have your application considered for admission to PAU's PhD in Clinical Psychology program?"
3. In the "Optional Documents" section, upload your additional personal statement specific to the PhD program.

PSYCAS offers an online centralized application portal for you to apply to master’s and doctoral programs across the discipline of psychology.

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PAU’s doctoral programs have been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)

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