PhD in Clinical Psychology Admissions

Application review for the fall 2021 cohort begins November 1, 2020. Apply by January 3, 2021 for early consideration.

Graduate Virtual Open Houses

There are more virtual open houses scheduled - we hope to see you at one in the near future!

  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 am PST
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10 am PST

Register Online

Preparation

Applications for fall 2021 open September 13, 2020. 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. 

Prerequisites

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.

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%

Gender

Male

15.9%

Female

82.5%

Decline to State

1.5%

Academics

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

95.2%

CA Resident

53.9%

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in applying to both PAU’s PhD program and PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Do I need to submit two different statements of purpose?

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.

 
 
 
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