The Catholic University of America


The Application Process to the Clinical Psychology PhD Program

Applicants are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible during the fall semester in order to insure that the application file will be complete by the time the final review is made of all applicants. Your completed application must be submitted by December 1 to be considered.


Online Application for Graduate Admission                         


Your application to the Clinical Psychology PhD program should include the following:


1.    Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
Note: Unofficial transcripts are required for application review.  A pdf scan of an official transcript is preferred.  Official transcripts will be required prior to enrollment if accepted.
2.    Report of GRE General Test scores is required.  The Subject Test in Psychology is strongly recommended.  GRE scores must be sent directly to the CUA Office of Graduate Admissions from the testing service and cannot be attached to the online application.  CUA's test code is 5104.
3.    Personal statement: a two- to three-page statement about why you are qualified for the program, including information on your research and clinical experience, areas you would like to do research on in graduate school, goals after obtaining your doctorate, faculty with whom you'd like to work, and other important information you want us to know about you.
Note: use the "Statement of Purpose" link in the Arts and Sciences Documents section to upload.
4.    Clinical Psychology Interest Form
Notedownload this document from the link immediately above, or see the “Downloadable Forms” link in the lower left-hand of the online application (choose “SAVE” – with toggle choice to “save and open”).  Complete and save this form on your computer, then upload/attach it under “Clinical Psychology Interest Form”  in the Arts and Sciences Documents section. It’s fine for you to type your name at the bottom when it asks for your signature. 
5.    Curriculum Vitae
Note: upload in the Employment Information section.
6.    Three letters of recommendation, along with the Recommendation Rating Form, from individuals who know you well and are able to describe with specificity your academic, research, training, and/or work performance, as well as your potential in the field of clinical psychology. 
Note: in the online application, you will be providing the names and contact information for those writing your letters of recommendation.  CUA will email these individuals and provide a link for each of them to complete our recommendation form and upload their letter.
Although the online application has a link for a Writing Sample (in the Arts and Sciences Documents section), this is not required.   
Application fee.  We waive the application fee for those with serious financial difficulties that make it a hardship to pay the fee, and for others who would increase diversity in the student body, such as veterans and ethnic minorities.  To request an application fee waiver, applicants must write a letter explaining the basis for their request and send it by U.S. post to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 013 McMahon Hall, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC  20064.