Ph.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology

Cost to apply is free.

Jump to "A Complete Application Includes"
Jump to "FAQs"

Important Dates

  • Applications Open: Sept. 1
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1
  • Interview Date: Saturday in early to mid-February

About the Program

Student Experience

Program Facts & Statistics


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.

UT Southwestern’s Graduate School has no minimum GPA or GRE, but incoming students have:

  • An average undergraduate GPA of 3.6 and
  • Average GRE scores of 316

Informational Webinar: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Part 1 – Webinar

Part 2 – Webinar Q & A

How do I apply?

The application is online. Admission is granted for the fall semester only.

A complete application will include:

  • Finalized and Submitted Online Application

    All applications must be submitted electronically. Access to the online application is available starting September 1 of each year. Additional application materials (i.e., official transcripts) should be mailed to:

    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Admissions Office
    5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75390-9162

    What is the deadline for completion of materials?

    The deadline for each academic year is December 1. Only complete applications will be considered for the following fall term.

    IMPORTANT: It is solely the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all of the required materials are received in the Office of the Registrar by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    Do I need transcripts from all of the institutions I attended or just from the institution from which I received my bachelor’s degree?

    • You must upload an unofficial transcript from every institution that you attended as part of the online application.


  • Official Report of General GRE Exam Scores (code 6686)

    Please send 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.)

    How current do the GRE General scores need to be?

    GRE must be taken within the past five years. (Not required for Fall 2022 admissions process.)

    What is the GRE code to submit my scores?

    Our institutional code is 6686. The Psychology subject test code is 93; however, the subject test is not required.

    What are the minimum GRE/GPA requirements?

    UT Southwestern’s Graduate School has no minimum GPA or GRE, but incoming students for Fall 2018 had:

    • An average undergraduate GPA of 3.6 and
    • Average GRE scores of 316

    For a multi-year view of average GPA/GRE scores for incoming students, please refer to Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF).

  • TOEFL Exam Scores – for International Applicants Only

    Do you offer admission/funding for international students?

    Yes, international students are encouraged to apply. International applicants will be considered with their cohort during the admissions cycle. Positions in the program are highly competitive.

    Is a TOEFL/IELTS score required for international applicants? Is there a minimum score requirement?

    Yes, international applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. TOEFL scores are preferred for international applicants; there is no minimum TOEFL score requirement, however, competitive TOEFL scores are 100 or above (iBT). IELTS scores are accepted in place of TOEFL scores; while there is no minimum required score, a competitive candidate would score 7.0 or above. Applicants who have attended a primarily English-speaking university in a non-English-speaking country must still submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

    What is the school code for TOEFL score reporting?

    Our TOEFL institutional code is 6686. No departmental code is needed.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

    Please have the names and email addresses of your three references before you begin the application.

    How many letters of recommendation are we allowed to submit?

    Applicants are required to obtain three (3) letters of recommendation. These letters will ONLY be accepted from individuals identified as references, by the applicant, on the application.

    Do my letters of recommendation need to be received by December 1?

    It is recommended that letters of recommendation be received by December 1st to ensure timely review of your application, but letters of recommendation received within one week of the deadline will be reviewed. Remember, you can submit requests to your recommenders before you have submitted your application.

    When will my recommenders be notified of my request?

    While completing the application and prior to submission of your application, you will be able to send an initial request by clicking a button next to that recommender’s completed information. For any recommender that you did not send a request prior to submission, the request will be sent within two days of final submission of your application.

    After your application has been received and you have been provided access to your student self-service area of the application system, you have the ability to resend letter requests to any writers whose letters have not been received.

Applicant Evaluation

The Admissions Committee uses the following criteria in evaluating each application:

  • Recommendations from appropriate professors and/or mentors
  • Experiences in clinical and/or scientific research activities that would contribute to successful completion of a doctoral program
  • Academic performance in undergraduate school as reflected in the grade-point average (GPA)
  • Scores on the GRE-General test taken within the past five years (Not required for Fall 2022 admissions process.)
  • The applicant’s statement of background training experiences and personal motivation for a career in clinical psychology
  • 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

What should my personal statement be about?

Your personal statement is a chance for us to get to know you as a potential student in our program. A good statement tells us your psychology journey and story, clearly and concisely describes your educational, professional, and research experience, and shows us your drive, motivation, passion, and suitability for a career as a psychologist.

Briefly describe, in two pages or less (1,200-word limit), your reasons for pursuing a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Particularly discuss the following:

  • Describe background experiences, pertinent training, and personal motivation for a career in Clinical Psychology.
  • Describe experiences in clinical and/or scientific research activities that would contribute to successful completion of a doctoral program.
  • Please share with us something about yourself outside of your resume of psychology experiences.
  • What do you want to do with a degree in Clinical Psychology?


The Admissions Committee and faculty conduct and all-day interview for the top 40-45 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. The interview day is an interactive process involving students and faculty that includes a program overview plus individual interviews and group activities. 

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.

Financial Support

Stipend/Research Assistantship

Clinical Psychology students receive a nationally competitive stipend as funds are available.

  • The practicum stipend usually begins the summer of the first year and is currently set at:
    $8,625 annually.
  • The internship stipend begins in the third year and continues until completion of internship. It is currently set at:
    $17,250 annually.
  • Paid teaching and research assistantships are available and are highly competitive.
  • Subject to availability, the Admissions Committee Chairperson may award a scholarship to incoming students. A number of these awards have the benefit of allowing a non-Texas resident to qualify for in-state tuition rates in the first two semesters of the program. 

Carmen Miller Michael Award

Students also have the opportunity to earn the Carmen Miller Michael Award. The $1,000 award is bestowed on an advanced student who shows outstanding leadership and academic skills, in addition to dedication to the community.

Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Health Cultural Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming first year student who is interested in the psychiatric needs of children from ethnic minority groups and other underserved populations. This scholarship provides a full practicum stipend for the first year of the student’s enrollment, and is awarded competitively during the admissions process.

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


Can coursework completed in a Master’s degree program be counted toward the doctoral degree at UT Southwestern?

No, but it is possible to request permission to substitute another course, or research or internship activity, for a course already taken.

Do you offer a Master’s degree program?

The Doctoral Program does not offer a master’s degree en route to the Ph.D.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Clinical Psychology Graduate Program is designed as a four-year course of study, and includes an integrated two-year, half-time internship. The average length of time from entry to graduation is approximately 4.0 to 4.5 years.

May I take courses without being a full-time student?

No. All doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program must be full-time.

Contact the Clinical Psychology Program

Adrianna Harris

Education Coordinator

Phone: 214-648-5267

Adrianna Harris

Marisol Lucio

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 214-648-5247

Marisol Lucio

For questions or additional information please contact us at