If I Complete Fordham’s MS Program, Do I Have A Better Chance Of Admission Into Fordham’s Clinical PhD Program?
Students may wonder whether the MS is either required or a helpful stepping stone for admission into Fordham’s Clinical PhD program. That is not the intent of this program. While CRM students will certainly be able to apply for admission into the doctoral program, our expectation is that very few of them will be accepted. There are several reasons for this practice, including our desire to minimize competition between programs and students. Programs where the “top” Master’s students are accepted into PhD programs foster the type of competition that is both counterproductive and contrary to the principles of our faculty and program. Instead, we anticipate helping students gain acceptance into top doctoral programs around the country and will do so by providing the coursework, research experience and mentorship that promising students often need. Moreover, students who have had the benefit of mentorship from one of our faculty are often better served by moving onto a second mentor in order to develop a broader range of skills, experiences, and training. Therefore, applicants should not enroll in the CRM program if their primary goal is acceptance in Fordham’s Clinical PhD program. Rather, they should enroll if the nature of this program fits their career goals.