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.


Applicants are asked to provide the following:

Application Forms-

  1. Sam Houston State Graduate Studies Application
  2. Doctoral Program Application

GRE Advanced Psychology Test score (recommended, not required)

Please submit application and materials to:

Sam Houston State University
Office of Graduate Studies
1806 Avenue J
Bobby K. Marks Administration Building, Room 203
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341-2478

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. Shortly after the December 1st deadline, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program faculty meet to review the applicants. This committee emphasizes 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). Those students who appear to be most promising are placed on the short list and invited to campus for group interviews (or phone interviews).

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.