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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Admissions Information/Requirements

Notice for 2020/2021 Admission Cycle

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing, submission of GRE scores is optional/not required for the 2020/2021 admission cycle. GRE optional means applicants can submit GRE scores, and if submitted, these scores will be reviewed and considered by the admission committee. However, GRE scores are not required to be considered for admission (general or subject exam). 

The following faculty members will be reviewing applications, interviewing applicants, and available to mentor incoming students in the 2021 admission cohort:

Dr. Peggy Andover, Dr. Rachel Annunziato, Dr. Natasha Burke, Dr. Christopher Conway, Dr. Keith Cruise, Dr. Dean McKay, Dr. Haruka Minami, Dr. Elizabeth Raposa, Dr. Andrew Rasmussen, Dr. Barry Rosenfeld, Dr. Amy Roy, Dr. Molly Zimmerman

Applying to the Doctoral Program

Students are admitted to the CPDP 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 (See FAQ).  Students are welcome to work with other faculty members connected a Major Area of Study or based on student interest in faculty research activities that extend beyond the research of their primary faculty mentor. We support this flexibility recognizing that student interests can change during their time in the program. 

Applicants considering applying to the CPDP are encouraged to review student admission, outcomes, and other data contained here.  While number of applicants varies, the CPDP routinely receives between 500 to 600 applications annually.  From these applications, faculty interview approximately 60 applicants and generally admit between 8 to 10 students each year.  

Student Admissions, Outcomes, Other Data (APA Disclosure)

The CPDP has reviewed the educational requirements for licensure in all U.S. states and territories per new Department of Education regulations. We have determined that our program does not meet licensure education requirements for three states (California, Michigan, and New Mexico). While the CPDP meets the basic educational requirements for licensure, all three states require additional pre-licensure coursework/training that  are either (a) state specific (CA, MI) or (b) require completion of board specific modules (NM). Also note that licensure requires activities beyond the graduate education provided by the CPDP (i.e., supervised post-doctoral experiences) with each state mandating a different number of hours qualifying as supervised educational experiences (SPE) that varies by state. The Consumer Information Disclosure provides relevant information including a weblink to each state’s licensure statutes/regulations. 

Application Requirements

Applications for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program are filed electronically through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The application deadline is December 7, 2020.

  • 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 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on standardized testing, GRE scores are optional for both the Ph.D and M.A. programs for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who wish to submit GRE scores may do so, but scores are not required (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 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject scores: (recommended not required). Please see the above statement on the GRE scores.
  • 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

Please note: GSAS provides some exemptions from the application fee.