PhD Clinical Psychology
We do not allow potential applicants to apply to both the Clinical PsyD and PhD program. If you are unsure which program may be a better fit for you please contact Piper Menke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-352-7226.
For 2013-2014 academic year
The application to the PhD in Clinical Psychology program is paper only. Download here.
PhD Clinical Psychology Program: Requirements for Admission
- Satisfactory Completion of a Bachelor's Degree (GPA of at least 3.3 is desirable)
- Prerequisite Coursework
- Required: Research Methods, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology
- Recommended: Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognition/Learning, Introduction to Psychology
- General Graduate Record Examination
- All applicants, even those with a Master's degree, must submit GRE scores.
- The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken within 5 years prior to application.
- The school code for Pacific University is R4601; there is no department code.
- The Psychology Subject Test is not required.
- Other Required Materials
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- Ph.D applicant evaluation forms and letters of recommendation from three references
- Completed essay questions from the application packet
- Completed GPA calculations from the application packet
PhD Clinical Psychology: Additional Admissions Information
In choosing students for admission, we look for individuals who have experience in research (e.g., as a research assistant, honors or masters theses, etc.) and whose interests match our training objectives and the research interests of our faculty. Additionally, we seek students with both the academic aptitude and personal qualities that will enable them to develop personally and professionally into effective psychologists.
The application deadline for the once-per-year fall admission is January 10th and any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. A personal interview is required for all finalists who apply to the program.
Applicants are advised that Pacific University requires criminal background checks. This background check is required to determine students' qualification to provide services; it takes place after admission and deposit. A criminal record may disqualify a previously admitted student. In addition, drug screenings are required prior to the start of clinical practicum placements.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for those for whom English is not the native language. Minimum score for paper test is 600; computer test, 250, internet test 100.
If you attended a non-US or non-Canadian college, university, or graduate school, a course-by-course evaluation of your international college and university transcripts is required. Several third party organizations provide this service to international students, but we prefer WES (World Education Services). The credentials evaluation must be received in our Admissions office by the application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
Applying with a Master’s Degree and Transfer of Credits
Some students entering the clinical psychology PhD program at Pacific University may have completed a master’s degree at another institution. If the master’s degree program did not require an empirical thesis, students must complete a thesis in our program (and, as result, a second master’s degree). If the master’s degree program required an empirical thesis, the thesis requirement in this program may be waived if the following criteria are met:
- The thesis was part of a master’s degree in psychology or a closely related field.
- The project utilized rigorous quantitative or qualitative research methodology (as opposed to a literature review or term paper).
- Following a review by the student’s major advisor and the program director, the final document is determined to be comparable to our program’s thesis requirement.
Students may transfer a maximum of 15 semester credits of graduate coursework and 12 credits of thesis work toward the Ph.D. Program requirements. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that a student who enters the program with an approved thesis and relevant coursework could complete requirements for the PhD in four years of full-time study, with three years devoted to coursework and practicum and one year designated for the pre-doctoral internship. Upon matriculation, such a course of study would require approval of the PhD faculty, in consultation with the Director of Academics and Director of Clinical Training.