How to Apply | Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

The application for our 2020 cohort is now available! Fill out our online application today!



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: The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required to be taken within 5 years of application. The Psychology Subject Test is not required.  Applicants may demonstrate their knowledge by submitting scores for the Psychology Subject test of the GRE in addition to the required General exam.  Note that this portion of the GRE is only administered by paper exam.  It should be taken no later than November in order for results to be available by the application deadline.

Pacific University's School of Graduate Psychology (SGP) is aware of the disparities in performance on the GRE among underrepresented groups and considers GRE scores as part of a holistic review process.  GRE scores serve as one of multiple sources of information used to assess an applicant.  SGP strives to ensure that all applicants have the opportunity to present themselves in a multifaceted way to the program.

GRE Scores: Please send scores to Pacific University, using the code R4601.  There is no department code.

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:

  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
  • 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)

Please mail all official transcripts to the following address:

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 (specific date to come) 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, 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
202-336-5979 |

Contact Us

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