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    Ph.D Clinical Psychology

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  1. JoePianist

    Question about schools with cutoff GRE scores

    In general, yes — frankly speaking, both GPA and GRE score are relatively cheap and quick ways for admissions committes to initially “cull the chaff” at the first round of application review. Beyond that stage, your other applications materials will carry more weight, such as your research work, recommendation letters, personal statement, how well you’re a “good fit” for the program, etc.
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    Personal Statements question

    Psy. D programs still expect some research experience from the top applicants, so you’d best mention your psychology-related lab experience!!
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    GRE writing 4.0 too low for Clinical Psychology

    No, a 4.0 is good. Put your time and energy into other parts of your application at this point!
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    Please Help! Apply for Clinical Psychology Canada

    Yes – more than likely, you’ll be starting from square one upon entering a doctorate Clinical Psychology program. However, you might be able to transfer some course credits from your Master’s program.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    The only other route to bypass the GRE hurdle is if you know any faculty in your current program who has connections to professors at the doctorate Clinical Psychology programs you want to apply for. If that's the case, you can see if you can get introduced to these professors as potential mentors who can ensure your application gets reviewed beyond the GRE score.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Most doctorate Clinical Psychology programs expect applicants to score at least at the 50th percentile range on both the Verbal & Quantitative subtests (score range of ~155), and your scores fall a bit short of that unfortunately. In addition, your Analytical Writing score needs to be at least a 4.0 Some programs place less emphasis on GRE scores than others, but keep in mind that it may still hinder your application from being looked at since many programs use it to “weed out” applications at the start of the process. Aside from possibly re-taking the GRE with some guided help (if you already haven’t done so), lean heavily into your research & clinical experiences in your personal statement. Also, if you’ve taken any high-level math, engineering, or science courses (e.g., Calculus III, Physics), you should highlight this in your application too. It will also help if you can submit any Honors Thesis or first-author publications written by you as supplementary material.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    If you’re coming from a Master’s program in MSW or Counseling, you will more than likely start from square one when starting a Psy.D program. You might be able to transfer a few classes from your MSW or Counseling program, but that depends on each Psy.D program.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I’m surprised to hear this will be your 4th time applying to PhD Clinical Psychology programs, given your background. I’m a third-year student in the UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) Medical-Clinical Psych PhD program myself, and many of our incoming students don’t have a first-author publication or oral presentation under their belt aside from a few posters — that’s the same case at similar PhD Clinical Psych programs where I know other colleagues. I assume you’ve done this, but my first suggestion would be to ask for feedback from the potential mentors at the institutions you interviewed at the last time you applied. Perhaps there’s a key factor or two beyond your objective grades/research productivity/GRE or interview style that’s been impeding your placement. My second advice is to see if your research mentor or other faculty in your Psychology Department has any connections to faculty at a PhD Clinical/Counseling Psych Program; and if that’s the case, see if they can introduce you to these individuals at these programs. I feel that a factor that often gets ignored about this application process is that it favors those with the right social connections within the field — professors seem more willing to take in a mentee if a colleague they know well can strongly vouch for the student. In any case, I sincerely wish you the best on the process!
  9. As a successful applicant with worse stats than @CuringNihilism who got into a funded & APA-accredited doctoral Clinical Psychology program, I second @liznlex's post.
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    Needing Input for Clinical PhD Application

    @ae616 I actually think your GRE scores are fine - they won't get you into an ultra-competitive tier like Harvard or UCLA, but your scores are good enough for getting into most APA-accredited Ph.D Clinical Psychology programs. Your M.S. in Clinical Psychology with background in both research and clinicals will give you a bit of an advantage in your application too. Good luck!
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    Concerns about applying this year

    Your verbal score on the GRE is definitely not competitive for an accredited clinical psychology doctoral program – you’ll need to get that up to 150 at least
  12. JoePianist

    HELP a girl out!

    Exactly what kind of career are you wanting? If you're only interested in therapy work, maybe you can consider just doing a Master's in Counseling – you can still become a licensed therapist, and those graduate programs aren't nearly as competitive as doctorate Clinical Psychology programs.
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    Interested in Psychology

  14. Hi Miiit, congratulations on your decision to pursue a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. It's certainly a rewarding career path, though earning admission into a high quality PhD Clinical/Counseling Psychology program is quite the challenge. My first question is this: what Psychology classes have you already taken in college? Before you can apply, you'll need to have already taken a few classes like Research Design in Psychology, Introduction to Statistics for Research, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, etc. My second question is: do you have any experience working in a Psychology lab? In order to be a competitive applicant, you'll need to have worked or volunteered in a Psychology lab for at least 1-2 years. Ideally, you'll need to have worked in a lab that specifically focused on your interests in cultural & social identity issues in Psychology. If you're lacking in Psychology courses and research, then I'd recommend pursuing an MA in Psychology. However, if you've already taken all the basic undergraduate Psychology courses and you just need research experience, you don't necessarily need to pursue an MA in Psychology. Rather, you can volunteer as a Research Assistant in a Psychology lab at a nearby university, which is a cheaper option. You can also try to apply for paid Research Assistant positions in a Psychology lab if you can find openings, but those paid research jobs are very challenging to obtain without a MA in Psychology (or a related Social Science like Sociology).
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    Going back to school after many years. Need advice.

    Hi JuneDreams, good to hear you're back in school exploring your career options! First of all, I'd like to mention that there are plenty of "non-traditional" doctorate psychology students similar to you who are a bit older or making a career shift. It's doable, and your status as a non-traditional student shouldn't impede your goals. Have you tried looking up other nearby colleges and universities in your area that may offer a Social/Personality Psychology department? Ideally, it would help if you can ally yourself with a Social/Personality Psychology professor who's willing to mentor you in their lab and connect you to other professors accepting students at their PhD Social/Personality Psychology program. If that isn't an option, perhaps you can reach out to a previous psychology professor at the school you're currently attending (doesn't matter from which subfield) and talk to them about your predicament and goals. Perhaps they might be able to connect you to the right resources as well. Best of luck, and feel free to reach out anytime!

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