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Frequently Asked Questions

Which faculty are accepting students?

You can see who are accepting students on the faculty page of our website. Under each faculty’s bio, you will see a green checkmark stating they are accepting students or a red “X” indicating that they are not accepting students.

What is the average GPA/GRE scores of students you've accepted?

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the average scores of applicants were: GPA 3.8, GRE Verbal 162.6, GRE Quantitative 159.9.

You can find this data from the past 10 years in the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (AOOD) document on our website [PDF].

When will I be notified if I was accepted for an interview?

All applicants who are invited for an on-campus interview will be notified no later than January 18, 2019.

When is interview day?

Interview day is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Most labs (with graduate students, not faculty) will have an informal dinner on Thursday, February 7 and on Saturday, February 9, we host brunches for racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ individuals and allies, but Interview Day occurs all day on Friday, February 8.

My official GRE scores are not showing as received - will my application be considered without my GRE score?

Yes, your self-reported GRE scores will suffice. However, we will need your official GRE scores before we extend an offer. If you think your GRE scores should have been received, we suggest contacting the Graduate School to double check at

How long does it take to complete the program?

In the past 10 years, the average time it has taken to complete the program is 6 years (including internship). For more information, visit our Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (AOOD) document on our website [PDF].

How much is tuition?

For over 50 years, all students admitted to the clinical program have had a full tuition remission and a nine‐month stipend paid for at least 5 years in residency at UNC. Additionally, the minimum nine‐month stipend offered to incoming students of the 2018‐2019 Academic Year was $19,000, in addition to health insurance.

Do you have any advice on applying to clinical doctoral programs?

Yes, we do! Please review Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s document called Mitch’s Uncensored Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology [PDF]. Dr. Prinstein was our Director of Clinical Psychology for 12 years and his document provides tips on how to apply to clinical programs, how the admissions process works, how to obtain research experience, how to interview, and so much more!

What does the program's curriculum look like?

You can see our entire curriculum in the Clinical Program handbook in Appendix B.

What is the Diversifying Psychology Weekend?

This is a weekend full of seminars, panel discussions, and workshops for ethnic/racial minority undergraduates and recent college graduates who are invested in pursuing doctoral-level training in clinical and/or developmental psychology. You can find the most up-to-date information online.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the UNC Chapel Hill Clinical Psychology doctoral program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1949 and is accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS).

Can I apply as an international student?

Am I required to have my Master's degree before joining the program?

No, this is a five- to six-year program where you will receive both your Master’s degree and Ph.D. Many of our students join our program with a Bachelor’s degree.

Is this a Master's program?

No, this is a doctoral program. You earn your Master’s degree en route to your PhD, but the program is not a terminal Master’s program. We only accept applicants who are pursuing their PhD. We do not accept students who are only interested in receiving their Master’s degree.

How do I know which faculty are in the adult or child track?

You can find this information on our website.

How do I know if your Clinical program is for me?

You can find information on each faculty member’s research in their bios on our website. You can find information on our program, the structure, the mission, the curriculum, and more in the Clinical Handbook. You can also contact the Clinical Program Coordinator, Vacant, with any questions you have.

How many applicants apply?

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 547 applicants applied. Out of those applicants, we offered admissions to 9 applicants.

You can find data from the past 10 years in the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (AOOD) document on our website [PDF].

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

These letters of recommendation should be written by people qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications. You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and who can address your potential for success in this academic setting. If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to contact former professors, letters from other individuals who can address your achievement and potential will be accepted. We advise against using generic letters of recommendation such as those provided by campus career planning and placement offices. For more information on letters of recommendations, visit the Graduate School website.