Minimum Requirements for Admission
A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university, is required.
Students who are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. A major in psychology or substantial coursework in psychology is encouraged.
As a minimum prerequisite, we require three psychology undergraduate courses: a basic psychology course such as abnormal or introduction to psychology, behavioral statistics, and either experimental or learning/behavioral psychology.
Transfer of Graduate Credits
The Graduate Studies Committee for Clinical Psychology does not accept graduate credits obtained prior to admission. It will, however, consider petitions from already admitted students to waive particular required courses if there is clear evidence that the student has taken the substantial equivalent of such a course.
Furthermore, students with a graduate degree (such as a master’s degree in psychology) may petition to waive certain courses; however, additional coursework will be substituted, or courses may be modified in order to maintain the student’s enrollment as a full-time student. Thus, time to graduation is not accelerated by coursework taken before entering this program.
Please note that the deadline for submitting application materials has changed: December 1 is the deadline.
The application must be completed via the internet, using our online application. A complete application consists of the submitted web application form and a support materials packet, which includes transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores, as outlined in the online application.
A completed application consists of:
- Successful completion of the online application for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- One original copy of each transcript of record issued by every college or university attended
- Official reports of grades received after transcripts are submitted
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted electronically
- An official report from the Educational Testing Service of the applicant's verbal, quantitative, and analytic GRE scores. (Advanced psychology GRE scores are not required. Our GRE code is 6686.)
Important: It is solely the applicant's responsibility to assure that all of the required materials are received in the Office of the Registrar by the December 1 deadline.
An application is complete only when all of the above items have been received by the Office of the Registrar. Applications received by December 1 but missing any of the above items are not complete and may not be considered.
Criteria Used in Evaluating and Selecting Applicants
The Admissions Committee uses the following criteria in evaluating each application:
- Scores on the GRE-General test taken within the past five years
- Academic performance in undergraduate school as reflected in the grade-point average (GPA)
- Experiences in clinical and/or scientific research activities that would contribute to successful completion of a doctoral program
- The applicant’s statement of background training experiences and personal motivation for a career in clinical psychology
- Recommendations from appropriate professors and/or mentors
- Personal suitability for a career in clinical psychology, as evidenced by ability to relate to others, warmth, empathy, and a deep interest in psychological processes
- Factors that contribute to diversity, such as socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, bilingualism, and life experiences
- The Admissions Committee conducts an all-day group interview process for the top 20–40 applicants. These are candidates who have been screened from the total pool of applicants using the above criteria and deemed to be the best match for the Program. Interview Day involves students and faculty and includes Program overview, individual interviews, and group activities. Interview Day is typically scheduled for the last Saturday in February.
Financial Aid for Doctoral Psychology Students
The Program provides financial support in the form of a stipend beginning in the student's second year. There is no guarantee of funding from year to year, but the Program has been consistently able to provide stipends since its inception. Currently, the second-year Practicum stipend is $8,625, and the third- and fourth-year Internship stipend is $17,250 annually.
Loans and Grants
Information about loan funds and other financial aid can be obtained from the Student Financial Aid Office:
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9064
Students with financial need are provided help in seeking research or teaching opportunities on campus.