The Catholic University of America

The Selection Process for the Clinical Psychology Program

In the admissions selection process, the faculty consider many factors, including whether the applicant meets the academic and technical standards of the program including the potential to be trained in clinical practice, undergraduate and graduate (if any) grades, GRE scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. In addition, the following factors are weighed: research experience in psychology, match of research interests between the applicant and our faculty, and whether the applicant would add diversity to the program.

During January and February candidates viewed as most qualified are invited to the university for interviews with clinical faculty and students. The interviews allow both the program and the applicant to gain knowledge about each other that assists in decision making. Our experience is that the interview is an extremely valuable aspect of the application process for applicants to become better acquainted with our program, faculty, and students.

Applicants are notified of the decision toward the end of February or beginning of March. Those offered places in the fall class have until April 15 to make a decision about whether to accept the offer of admission, in keeping with the agreement among graduate psychology programs in the United States.