How to Apply to the Clinical Psychology PhD

The online application for our 2021 cohort is closed.


Requirements for Admission 

Satisfactory Completion of a Bachelor's Degree: A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 during the last two years of study is desirable.


General Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Given the current ETS test center closures around the world due the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Pacific University's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is temporarily waiving the GRE requirement for the 2021 admissions cycle.


Strong Undergraduate Background in Psychology: A psychology major is not required; however, math-based Statistics, Research Methods and Abnormal Psychology courses are required prerequisites. These prerequisite courses must be completed with a "B-" or above before a student can matriculate into the program. These prerequisites do not need to be complete when application is submitted. 

In addition, we recommend the following courses: 

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cognition/Learning
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology


Other Items to Submit:

  • CV or Resume (upload within online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation - This is done electronically through the online application.  An applicant will simply need to provide their recommenders' information when prompted to do so and an email will be sent to the recommender requesting the necessary documentation. 
  • Completed essay questions (included in online application)
  • Completed GPA calculations (table included in online application)
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
    • We accept both electronic and mail transcripts

Graduate Admissions

190 SE 8th Ave. Suite 181

Hillsboro, OR 97123

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 will be in December  and any applications received after the deadline may 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 Ph.D. program has been granted Accredited 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
202-336-5979 |

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Jenni Gottschalk | Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7225 |

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