Clinical Psychology PhD Admissions

Admissions Process Calendar 2016-2017

December 15, 2017

Preferred application deadline date

January 3, 2018

Application deadline (submission of all application materials by this date will ensure full review)

Mid January- Early February, 2018

Applicants notified of interview

Late February, 2018

Applicant Interview Days

Mid to Late March, 2018

Applicants notified of admission

April 15

Deposit due to hold place in Fall 2018 clas

The 2017-2018 online application is open!

If you are interested in being considered for both the PsyD and PhD programs you will need to indicate the program of greatest interest at the beginning of the application and answer all eight essay questions for the two programs.  If you are unsure which program may be a better fit for you please contact Piper Menke at or 503-352-7226.

The PhD program has been granted Accredited, On Contingency, by the APA Commission on Accreditation (see the APA Accreditation website for further details). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: 


2016-2017 academic year: $32,814

Distinction Between PhD and PsyD Programs

The PhD degree differs from the PsyD degree offered at Pacific University in terms of the PhD Program’s greater emphasis on research training and research productivity, and the commitment to evidence-based practice. In particular, PhD students are required to complete both a Masters research project and an empirical dissertation (PsyD students complete only a dissertation). PhD students must demonstrate ability to disseminate research by (a) submitting original empirical research for peer-reviewed publication, and (b) attending and participating in at least two research conference presentations (PsyD students have no dissemination requirements). PhD students complete a four-course research sequence (PsyD students take only two courses), and PhD students must complete and pass a Research Competency Portfolio (there is not a comparable research requirement associated with the PsyD Program). Both programs involve intensive clinical training; PhD clinical training, however, is restricted to use of evidence-based clinical approaches through coursework and practicum placements. In courses and in practicum, PhD students are expected to critically review research about approaches to and to empirically evaluate outcomes of client issues.

International Students

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 applicants to the clinical psychology PhD program 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 a student’s prior degree was in a psychology program and included an empirical thesis that is approved by the PhD program faculty, the clinical program also accepts the student’s previously earned master’s degree and, as such, the student is not required to complete another master’s degree in our program. Also, the student may be permitted, upon clinical PhD program faculty approval, to complete the in-residence program requirements in three years (as opposed to the required four years in residence for all other students).

A maximum of 15 semester hours of non-thesis graduate credit can be transferred toward the MS. If the student completed an empirical Master's Thesis that was accepted by the PhD faculty, the student may also transfer up to 12 thesis credits. If a student has earned a master’s degree prior to enrolling in the Pacific University clinical psychology PhD program and is required to complete a second master’s degree in our program (see above), 15 credits may be applied to the MS program of study. These credits must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution, the student must have received no less than a B grade, and must have been taken within four years immediately preceding admission to the PhD program.