How to Apply to the Clinical Psychology PhD

The application for our 2024 application is now closed. Our 2025 application will open in September.

Interested in learning more about the program or how to have a strong application? Join us for a Open House event!

  • In-person Open House: September Date TBD 
    • This event is for all three School of Graduate Psychology programs
  • Virtual Open House: September Date TBD
    • This event is for the PhD program only


Application Information

Our PhD program uses CollegeNET for our application. Please note that you will fill out your application online but all supplemental materials, including official transcripts from all institutions attended and GRE scores should be sent directly to Pacific University.


Other Items to Submit:

  • CV or Resume (upload within online application)
  • GRE (optional)
  • 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

                                 Pacific University

                           Office of Graduate Admissions

                           190 SE 8th Avenue

                           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.

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Jenni Gottschalk | Graduate and Professional Admissions
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