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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Admissions Information/Requirements

Applying to the Doctoral Program

Students are admitted to the clinical program within the psychology department rather than to a faculty member's lab. However, students interested in working with a particular faculty member are strongly encouraged to indicate this interest in their admission materials, as the vast majority of students enter the program with a clearly identified mentor.

The clinical program also admits students who do not declare which faculty member would be their academic and/or research adviser as part of the admissions process. These students are free to select the faculty members most able to direct the research interest they cultivate during their first year. Students are welcome to work with another faculty member on their doctoral dissertation should their research interests change during their time in the program.

Applicants submitting their materials for the deadline should apply even if they are completing the GRE Subject exam in early December.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, Other Data (APA Disclosure)

Application Requirements

  • Statement of intent (up to 500 words, submitted electronically, via the online application)
  • Writing sample (5 – 20 pages, submitted electronically via the online application)
  • Official transcripts
    Official degree transcripts confirming prior degree conferral should be ordered at least one month prior to the application deadline. Please ensure that they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions ( via secure electronic delivery. If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your transcripts be submitted directly via post, in a sealed envelope, to: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of Admissions, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458. Please note: You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application while the Office of Admissions awaits receipt of your official transcripts. Please ensure that all official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions are submitted in English, or are accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts and credentials conversion information is available on the GSAS International Students page. International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for international mail and preparation of visa documents.
  • Official GRE scores (should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Code #2259)
  • Official Subject GRE scores (recommended not required)
  • Three Letters of recommendation (submitted directly by referees via the online application)
  • Resume or CV (submit via the online application)

English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete and submit to GSAS prior to matriculation their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). GSAS will also consider a student’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—Cambridge English Proficiency Level language testing results and the Duolingo English Test (DET) as an assessment of your English competency. 

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores should be sent directly by the testing service to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – code #2259. Please consult the English Proficiency web page for additional information.  

Minimum score requirements for most programs:

Exam Score
IELTS 7.0 band score
DET 120

Please note: Exemptions from this requirement can be requested by the applicant in her/his application, or can be made in writing by the applicant to Kindly consult the GSAS English Proficiency page for exemption guidelines.

Application Fee: $70

PDF version of the Clinical Ph.D. application requirements

Applicant Cohort Data

Number of students in the last 7 academic years who: 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011
Number of Applicants 560 665 630 600 588 501 543
Number Interviewed ~60 ~60 ~60 ~60 ~60 ~60 ~60
Number Offered Admission 12 17 12 10 16 15 19
Actual Size of Incoming Cohort 10 10 9 8 10 10 10
% of Incoming Students Receiving Financial Aid 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%