1. What are you looking for in applicants?
- Overall, we seek intelligent, hard-working students who will become able, successful colleagues.
- We consider grade-point average and scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to identify applicants who can perform well in our courses. We also recommend, but do not require, that you provide us your score on the Advanced Psychology Test of the GRE.
- Personal essays and letters of recommendation help us identify applicants whose interests and experiences fit with what we have to offer.
- Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data on our main page
2. Is the program APA-accredited?
- Our program has been continuously accredited since 2006.
- In 2011, we were reaccredited for seven years, the maximum provided by APA at the time.
- We are currently in the routine reaccreditation process.
3. Can I apply to the program with a Bachelors' degree?
- Students who begin the doctoral program with only a Bachelor’s degree will complete the requirements for a Master's degree during their first two to three years of study.
4. What if I already have a Master's degree or other graduate credits?
- We review graduate transcripts and course syllabi to determine which general courses (e.g., Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology) may be waived at SHSU, up to a maximum of 15 credits.
- All of the clinical courses (e.g., Practicum, Psychopathology) that are key components of our training must be taken here.
- If a student has completed an empirical Master’s thesis elsewhere, we will review it to determine its suitability as a replacement for a thesis done here.
- Given the large number of applications we receive each year, we are unable to review coursework or theses until a student is accepted into our program.
5. What if my Masters is not in clinical psychology?
- Students with degrees in other fields of study are welcome to apply.
- All students will ultimately need to complete all of the work we require for a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology as a prerequisite for our doctoral courses and in order to be eligible for licensure after graduation.
6. Because I have been out of school for a number of years, it will be difficult to get letters of recommendation from my professors. May I get letters from my boss or other people who know me well?
- We seek letters of recommendation that can tell us about your academic skills and your ability to succeed in a doctoral program.
- The most helpful letters come from faculty members who know you well, and for that reason, we strongly recommend that at least two of your letters come from university faculty.
- If you are working in a setting that is relevant to the program (e.g., working for a psychologist), a letter from your employer may be helpful.
- Letters from friends or relatives are of little use and should be avoided.
7. How many students do you plan to accept?
- We want each entering class to consist of 7 or 8 students.
8. How do I know which faculty members are accepting students?
- Please review the material on the “Faculty” link on the program website, where faculty members indicate if they are accepting applications for the next application cycle.
- You will see a brief a description of each faculty member’s research interests and a link to his/her/their most recent Curriculum Vita.
9. If I am admitted to the program, will I receive funding?
- Thus far, all of our students have been funded throughout their graduate training.
- In addition, the SHSU Office of Graduate Studies offers conference travel funding on a competitive basis.
- For details on funding, please see our Program Handbook.
10. Will I be subject to a background check?
- Yes. All students in our program undergo a background check in connection with their employment with the university (e.g., as a research assistant, teaching assistant).
- Many of our practicum sites and many (if not all) internships conduct background checks.
11. Can I attend the program part-time?
- No. Year-round, full-time enrollment is required.
12. How long will it take me to complete the program?
- 5 to 7 years, which includes a year-long pre-doctoral internship.
13. What does pre-doctoral internship entail?
- A year-long internship of full-time clinical work is undertaken during your final year of training.
- Acceptance into pre-doctoral internships is very competitive, but our students fare very well. Please click here for student statistics on internship.
- It is likely that you will relocate to another part of the country for your internship.
14. If I receive a PhD in Clinical Psychology from SHSU, what kind of employment can I expect to obtain?
- A wide variety of options will be open to you. You will find that our graduates do very well.
15. Will this program train me to become an FBI profiler?
16. Does the program offer degrees through distance learning?
17. I will be in Huntsville soon. Can I make an appointment to interview?
- If you are in Huntsville, take a tour of our lovely campus; you will be impressed.
- We discourage requests for interviews for several reasons:
- We receive a very large number of applications each year and can only interview the most promising applicants
- Our strongest applicants will be invited to an Interview Weekend during which they can meet all of our faculty and students, and tour our facilities.
We’re happy to answer your questions about the program or your application by phone or e-mail.
Please call or write us:
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Psychological Services Center
1-866-BEARKAT ask for extension 1210