How to Apply

Please refer to the Admissions Requirements webpage for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

The program seeks highly qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to a career serving the needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and hearing populations. In line with the mission of the university and the emphases in the program, individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines and Information

Students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program to work toward the PhD degree. The program does not offer a terminal master's degree. Completed applications are due in the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15, 2021 for enrollment the following September. There are no spring semester or rolling admissions in the Clinical Psychology Program. The program expects to admit five students for the entering 2021-2022 cohort.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to completing the Graduate Admissions application, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate Psychology Major or Minor, or Related Field;
  • Required Undergraduate Coursework: A minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate courses in psychology, or a closely related social science field, including courses in abnormal psychology or psychopathology, child development, experimental psychology or research methods, and statistics;
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE; analytic, verbal, and quantitative) is recommended, but not required this application cycle. If GRE scores are submitted as part of the application, the scores will be seen by the review committee, but not used in the final decision making process to select applicants for interviews. Applications without GRE scores will not be penalized in any fashion. For those who would like to submit their scores, use 5230 for the ETS institutional code;
  • Three letters of reference (preferably from professors or individuals who can attest to academic, clinical, and/or research experiences). A fourth letter of reference may be submitted from a professional familiar with your language or culture experiences;
  • Narrative Statements: See Clinical Psychology Program application essays;
  • Writing Samples: See Clinical Psychology Program application writing sample; and
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Interview Policy

The Clinical Psychology Program undertakes an extensive review of all applications and invites qualified individuals to campus for an interview. Interviews are an important part of the application process. This year however, interviews will be held in February and will most likely occur remotely due to the COVID pandemic.

Mentor Selection

An important criterion for admission is the potential fit between the research and clinical interests of the student and those of the core faculty teaching in the program. Upon entering the program, the faculty mentor works closely with each student to help plan course work, select practicum opportunities, and guide the student's research training. To facilitate this process, we strongly recommend that each applicant select one to two core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program based on shared research and clinical interests, and describe in their application why they believe there may be a good fit. 

American Sign Language Skills

American Sign Language (ASL) fluency is not a pre-requisite for application or admission to our Ph.D. program, but is required to graduate from the program, as well as participate in certain clinical activities. All students are expected to demonstrate ASL fluency or a high degree of ASL proficiency as a part of their professional training (i.e., at least an ASLPI score of 2+ to register for the second year clinical practicum course and at least an ASLPI score of 3 to graduate from the program). Please note that an additional year (e.g., sixth) of study may be required for students who are acquiring their ASL skills and/or cultural awareness. This additional year supports students in the development of culturally competent practices prior to beginning their first on-campus clinical experience, which usually begins in the fall of the second year of the program. 

Applicants accepted to the program who demonstrate developing ASL ability are strongly encouraged to expand their ASL skills during the spring or summer prior to entering the program. Courses in American Sign Language are offered on the Gallaudet University campus during the academic year and as summer intensive courses, and may be taken prior to the beginning of the first semester of study in the program. Additional routes to improving ASL skills will be recommended or required, as needed, to assist students in achieving necessary levels of competence.