Application Requirements

For admission consideration, students must have received at least a Bachelor's degree. In addition to completing the program application, applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and have the scores sent to the Program. The GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended, but not required for admission. Those who enter the program with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree will complete the Clinical Psychology Master's degree program at Sam Houston State University during the first two years of doctoral study. Those entering with a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degree in Psychology should plan to bring syllabi from all graduate courses taken previously when they arrive on campus. Faculty will review these, and, if required courses are found to be generally equivalent to those taught at SHSU, they will be waived. Otherwise, stem work may be necessary. If a student has completed an acceptable empirical master's thesis at another institution, this will be accepted; otherwise, a thesis will be required here. Regardless of past experience/degrees, students must complete all practicum courses at SHSU. Typically, those entering with a MA/MS in Clinical Psychology will complete the program faster than those who enter with a BA/BS.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for receipt of admission applications for the following fall semester is December 1st. The fall semester is the only semester in which new students are accepted into the program. You are encouraged to apply in a timely manner so that your materials are received in time for review.


Required materials:

  • Sam Houston State Graduate Admissions Application & Fee
  • Doctoral Program Application & Fee
  • Official GRE General Test scores
    • Sam Houston State University GRE School Code = 6643
    • Clinical Psychology GRE Department Code = 2001
  • TOEFL score (If applicable. For information, please visit the Office of International Program's website.)
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended (including presently enrolled, if applicable. A 3.6 overall GPA is recommended).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Please provide three letters of recommendation in support of your application. At least two of these should be from professors. All letters should address your qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to the likelihood of your success in the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Letters should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the below address. Please provide persons who will write letters on your behalf with copies of our Letter of Recommendation form. Please note that you must state whether you do or do not waive your right to see the letter sent on your behalf and must sign the statement.
    • Letter of Recommendation Form
  • Personal Essay
    • Please provide an essay explaining your interests in the clinical psychology doctoral program and your interest in this particular program. Be sure to describe any research, clinical or other relevant experiences you have had which have shaped and/or prepared you for doctoral-level study in clinical psychology. Please do not exceed two pages. (Any text exceeding two pages will be ignored.) Please use at least 12-pt font. Include your name and date of birth on each page.
  • Vita or Resume' (Please include your name and date of birth on each page.)


  • GRE Advanced Psychology Test score
  • Copies of published articles or chapters, if applicable

Please submit all materials by December 1st to:

Sam Houston State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Estill Building
1903 University Avenue
Room 105
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341-2478


Council of University Directors Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)Guidelines (please read)

Review Process & Invitation to Interview:

Shortly after the December 1 deadline, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program faculty meet to review the applicants.  We consider academic accomplishment and potential (as reflected in GPA and GRE scores), and the applicant’s fit with the program (as reflected by the personal essay and letters of recommendation).  With our flexible mentor model, we place great weight on an applicant’s fit with the research of the faculty members she or he identifies as preferred mentors on the program application.  Please review the faculty section of the program website to see faculty interests and determine which faculty members are accepting applications for potential students.  Those students who appear to be most promising are placed on the short list and invited to campus for an in-person interview.

The entire program faculty participate in the interview process.  Students are asked about their interests in clinical psychology and their specific reasons for being interested in our program.  Students are also asked about their past research and/or clinical experience.

Following the interview, the admissions committee meets to decide on a final sorting of applicants. Students are either accepted, rejected, or placed on a wait list.  Official letters are then sent to the applicants.