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Application Process

December 1, 2020  Fall 2021 Admission Application Due


To learn how to submit a complete application for the Clinical Psychology program, please read our Departmental application process. Find out which faculty are accepting a student for Fall admission online.

As a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, the Clinical Psychology program adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admission, offers, and acceptance. Read more information about applying to clinical psychology programs.

Admission to the Clinical Psychology Program is extremely competitive. Typically, the program receives over 450 applications for approximately 4 to 6 positions. Data regarding the academic records of our admitted students are available online. Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent at an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admissions decisions are based on a number of factors, including academic degrees and record, written statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work and experience.

In addition to measures of academic achievement, successful applicants typically have significant research experience prior to graduate school. Admitted applicants usually have participated in undergraduate research projects, Honors/Senior Theses, and/or additional research experience in post-baccalaureate years. The Statement of Purpose and letters of recommendation are used to assess applicants’ potential to succeed as an independent investigator, to generate novel hypotheses, and to be a productive scholar and consumer of scientific literature in research and/or practice.

Applicants admitted to the Clinical Psychology program usually have majored in Psychology, but other majors are acceptable if students have prior coursework in psychology (especially courses in psychological statistics, biological psychology, personality theory, abnormal behavior, developmental and social psychology). Applicants with Master’s degrees are occasionally accepted. When appropriate, these students may receive exemptions from a few departmental course requirements.

We strongly encourage applicants to indicate within their Statement of Purpose the area(s) of research they are most interested in, along with the names of 1 to 2 faculty members they may like as a primary research mentor. It is very important to rank these faculty in preference (i.e. first choice mentor in the first position).

Applications for admissions to the Psychology Graduate Programs, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through UNC Graduate School’s website. All application materials must be uploaded through this online application system; we do not accept materials via email or mail. Questions regarding the application or any supporting materials must be directed to UNC Graduate School.

Applicants who are invited to an on-campus interview will be notified by the date listed at the top of this page. Some faculty may contact applicants informally before this date to ask questions regarding their applications. Being contacted, or not contacted, by faculty member for such an informal discussion does not signal who will be invited for a formal interview. Please note that applicants may hear about interviews at different times during the application process. When all applicants invited for an interview have been notified, this website will be promptly updated to indicate this. Applicants not invited for an interview will be notified by the UNC Graduate School. We are sorry that this process sometimes takes longer than is optimal.

Dual-Program Applicants

Applicants are asked to list an area of interest within the graduate school application. Most applicants should select only one area of interest (i.e. Clinical Psychology). Occasionally, applicants may feel an interest in two areas of interest and would prefer to receive training that integrates the curricula from two of our six graduate programs. Each year, we consider a small number of applicants for admission to a dual-area training program.

If interested, select Dual Program within the graduate school application and choose two programs of interest. Be certain to articulate the rationale within your Statement of Purpose and identify at least one member of both program’s faculty to serve as potential co-mentors. We strongly recommend you contact both potential co-mentors to discuss the feasibility of your joint training program. Finally, be sure to indicate within your Statement of Purpose whether you would like to be considered for admission into a single program of study if you are not selected for a dual-program slot.

Please note that selecting more than one area of interest will not increase your chances of admission. Select this option only if you have a specific interest in dual-program training.

Visiting UNC

Future applicants often ask whether they may be able to meet with faculty to learn more about our program and research prior to the interview or application deadline. We are unfortunately not able to meet with current or future applicants for this purpose. We strongly believe that all applicants should have an equal opportunity to gain admission and do not wish to offer any unfair advantage to applicants who have the resources to travel to our campus.

We are very excited to help students learn about our program and research, however, and we strongly encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email with questions.

For More Information

General Questions – Graduate School Admissions Process or Applications
UNC Graduate School
(919) 966-2611

Student Services Manager
Kaitlin Blakemore
(919) 843-0174

Clinical Psychology Program Coordinator
(919) 962-5082

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Keith Payne

Campus Tours
UNC Visitor’s Center
(919) 962-1630