General Information on Admissions

Most students who are admitted have completed a B.A. or B.S. in psychology, although persons with outstanding records who have majored in other subjects will be considered. Similarly, individuals who have an M.A. degree in psychology from another university will be considered when their credentials are unusually strong.

The competition for admission is keen, with eight or fewer students selected each year from a large pool of applicants (see Student Characteristics table below). Grades (especially the last two years of undergraduate study), GRE scores, and letters of recommendation (preferably from psychology instructors) are used to select the most promising students among the applicants. Flexible admission criteria are used in an attempt to select those students with the best potential for success in our program. We admit students to work with specific faculty members, although students may choose to work with another faculty member if the initial match is not satisfactory. Please see our faculty webpage of core clinical faculty and affiliated research faculty to consider your fit with our program. Students should make their research interests clear in their applications including which faculty member(s) they would like to consider them for admission. Clinical admissions are for the fall semester. In order to insure full consideration for admission, applications to the clinical area should be completed by December 1st. Students are notified of our admissions decisions by April 15th. Our program follows the policy for Graduate School Offers and Admissions outlined by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) that can be found here.

Assistantship decisions are made following admissions decisions. Historically, all incoming students are offered a graduate assistantship for the academic year which includes a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver.

Application Procedure

All materials most be received by December 1st to receive consideration. The following outlines our procedures:

  • Complete the online application form with the Graduate School and pay your fee of $60. As part of the online application you will be expected to upload the following:
    • Copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial copies will be accepted, but official copies will need to be submitted if admitted to the program
    • Your copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  The General GRE is required. We do not consider the Psychology Subject GRE. Again, if you are admitted, you will need to have these test scores submitted directly from the testing agency.
    • If you received a degree outside the United States, you will need to also submit copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    • A Statement of Purpose. This statement should indicate your previous experiences in the field, your research and clinical interests in graduate school, your career goals, and your fit with our program. You must indicate which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with to be considered for our program as we admit students to work with specific faculty members.
    • Names and email addresses of three people who have agreed to write you letters of recommendation. These letter writers will receive an email from CollegeNet (the online application company) asking them to upload your letter to the system. Letter writers will not receive this request until you submit your application. Thus, you should notify the letter writers of our deadline and submit your application with ample time allowed for them to complete and upload their letter. Communication with your letter writers about the deadline is important to allow your application to be given full consideration.
    • Note: If you started your application prior to 11/14/16, the system may limit you to submitting only two names for reference letters. If that happens, please have the third letter writer send their letter to gradsch@niu.edu
  • While we only consider applicants who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (i.e., we do not consider students interested in a terminal master’s degree), if you only have a bachelor’s degree, you should indicate on the application you are pursuing the M.A. degree.   Students who are admitted to the program will first work toward their M.A. and then will seamlessly transition to the Ph.D. program if they have made adequate and timely progress in the program.  They will not need to reapply.
  • In addition to the application to the Graduate School, applicants should complete the supplemental application form and email it to niuclinicaladmissions@gmail.com. While not required, we encourage students to submit CVs and writing samples to this email address.

FAQ

Please click here to read over our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Open House

Each year the clinical program holds an Open House for selected applicants, which includes interviews with clinical faculty members. The Open House provides an opportunity for applicants to meet with faculty and students in the clinical program and learn more about the training environment, the campus, and the local community. Attendance at the Open House is strongly encouraged although phone interviews are acceptable. The Open House is by invitation only. More information will be sent when the invitations are made in mid-January. For students applying for admission for the 2017-2018 academic year, the Open House will be held on February 27 and 28, 2017.