PhD in Clinical Psychology Admissions

PhD Admission Deadlines Application review begins Nov 1, 2021. Apply by Dec1, 2021 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 2022 cohort begins November 1, 2021.
  • Apply by December 1, 2021 for early consideration.
  • Apply by January 3, 2022 for regular considerations. Applications may be accepted after this date if space is available.


Applications for fall 2022 open September 13, 2021. 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:

  • 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 and easy transition into graduate school.

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Admissions Snapshot 2018-19 Application Cycle

PhD Total Applicants 361
Admit Rate 78%
Final Cohort Size 63

Demographic Summary: 2018-19 Deposited PhD Students

Self-Reported Race

Hispanic 6.3%
American Indian 0%
Asian 17.5%
Black 4.7%
Pacific Islander 0%
White 58.7%
Two or More Races 12.7%
Decline to State 0%


Male 15.9%
Female 82.5%
Decline to State 1.5%


Average Cumulative Undergraduate GPA 3.49 (Range: 2.57 – 4.0)
Average Cumulative Graduate GPA 3.74 (Range: 2.58 – 4.0)
Average GRE Quantitative (superscored) 151.55
Average GRE Verbal (superscored) 156.02
Average GRE Written (superscored) 4.28

Other Demographics

Average Age at Application 25.2 (Range: 20-49)
US Citizenship


CA Resident 53.9%
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.

There are two ways to apply to both programs. You can submit two applications via PsyCAS, or you can speak with your Admissions Counselor and have them manually add the second application to your file. In both situations we recommend submitting two distinct personal statements.

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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Jessica Wilson
Senior Admissions Counselor

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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