Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


  • Completed application form.
  • Application fee of $75.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study.
  • Goals statement. See Application Guidelines for more information.
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

Applicants for the Clinical Psychology Program are screened in two stages. First, the credentials submitted by all applicants by the deadline are reviewed. A group of finalists is selected and invited to be interviewed by Psychology Department faculty. Students for the program are selected from among these finalists, based on the totality of their credentials and their interview performance.

All information must be submitted to the Graduate School Admissions Office and received by February 1st. Students are admitted for fall matriculation only. Program faculty review all written material during the last half of February. Finalists are generally contacted in early March to schedule interviews. Students selected for the program are notified of their status as soon as admissions decisions are made. If a selected student declines or withdraws from consideration, then another finalist may be selected from the waiting list.

Screening Criteria

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It may be helpful to applicants to know what characteristics and experiences the screening committee looks for in evaluating applicants. The program's goals in selecting graduate students in clinical psychology are as follows:

  • To select a group of students with the academic ability and skills to successfully complete a rigorous doctoral program in psychology.
  • To select a group of students who will be as diverse as possible in background, ethnicity, race, sex, and other variables. Qualified deaf and hard of hearing applicants are especially sought.
  • To select students who have had personal and professional experiences that will allow them to take on the responsibilities of a professional clinical psychologist, with a high level of self-understanding and an ability to master the skills and ethical demands of such a profession.

To help us understand how you meet the above goals, on a separate sheet of paper please:

  • List all psychology courses you have taken. Do a SEPARATE list and calculation for undergraduate and graduate courses. Include title, number of credit hours, and your grade for each course. Then, calculate your grade point average (GPA) using the following scale: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. (Multiply each grade by credit hours to find your psychology GPA.)
  • List all mathematics and statistics courses you have had and your grades in these courses.
  • Name of Test or Subtest__________________________Date Taken:___________________ 

Narrative Summaries*

Please answer the following questions on separate pages, typed, double-spaced. Send your answers, along with a résumé and other required application materials, to the Graduate School Admissions Office.

  1. Please write a one- to two-page narrative summary of your current and potential strengths as you see them in the following areas:
    1. A career in clinical psychology.
    2. Working specifically with deaf and hard of hearing individuals(

    (Please mention any special qualities you possess that may uniquely qualify you for a career as a clinical psychologist working with deaf and hard of hearing people.)
  2. Please write a one- to two-page narrative summary of experiences you have had (in academic, professional, personal, cultural, or other contexts) that relate to your interest in and qualifications for graduate study in psychology at Gallaudet University.
  3. Describe your current interests (in both the clinical and research areas) in the field of psychology. As a clinical psychologist what population(s) do you envision yourself working with, and in what setting?*

*NOTE: These narrative summaries substitute for the "goals statement". You do not need to complete the "Goals Statement" section to apply to the Clinical Psychology Program.


On a separate sheet, attach a chronological summary of your educational and work experiences. Please include brief explanations of any gaps.

Writing Sample

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program, and the work of clinical psychologists, requires a high degree of professional and scholarly writing skills. To help us in evaluating this area, each applicant is asked to submit a copy (non-returnable) of a paper in psychology or a related field. This can be a class paper, a published article, or other written scholarly papers, rather than case reports. If you choose to submit a case report, please make sure all information that might identify the individual you discuss is deleted.

Applicant Self-Test

As a self-test, applicants may wish to ask themselves the following questions. These are similar to the questions the reviewers will consider in evaluating each application.

  1. Can I present evidence that I can handle difficult academic work, through my grades in undergraduate and/or graduate courses, GRE scores, or other methods?
  2. Do I have solid basic undergraduate training in psychology, either as a psychology major or through taking a number of core psychology courses?
  3. Do I have quantitative skills and competencies necessary for understanding and using statistical and quantitative methods for conducting psychological research? Can I present evidence through courses, test scores, or work experience to demonstrate such competencies?
  4. Do I have a good basic understanding of human biology and physiology acquired through courses, reading, or other methods?
  5. Do I have effective interpersonal communication skills?
  6. Do I have an interest in learning about and understanding people from a wide variety of backgrounds? Do I have the emotional maturity, tolerance for difference and diversity, and empathetic skills necessary for such an enterprise?
  7. Do I have a good level of self-understanding and the ability to be flexible and receive feedback about myself?
  8. Do I have the ability to be self-motivated, originate ideas, and keep myself on track while pursuing goals?
  9. Do I have any experience in working with deaf or hard of hearing people? Do I have sign language communication skills? If not, do I have good ability in learning languages? Or, do I have other skills that may help me acquire a high level of sign language competency once I begin using it regularly? (Note: Otherwise qualified applicants who have limited background in deafness and sign language may be asked to participate in intensive training in these areas at Gallaudet before beginning the program in the fall.)
  10. Am I able to make a commitment to at least five years of full-time graduate study to complete this program?

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