How to Apply

Requirements and Procedures
for New Applicants


For admission consideration, students must have completed 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. Students that enter our program with only a bachelor’s degree will complete the requirements for the M.A. degree, including a thesis, during their first two to three years of study. Students entering with a master’s degree may have a limited number of general courses waived after review of course syllabi and approval of the faculty. Similarly, students who have completed an empirical master’s thesis may have this requirement waived after review and approval by the faculty. The doctoral program admission procedures are consistent with the Council of University Directors Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Guidelines.

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. We will only review completed applications.

Application Materials


  1. Sam Houston State Graduate Admissions Application & Fee
  2. Doctoral Program Application & Fee
  3. Official GRE General Test scores
    • Sam Houston State University GRE School Code = 6643
    • Clinical Psychology GRE Department Code = 2001
  4. TOEFL score (If applicable. For information, please visit the Office of International Program's website.)
  5. Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended (including presently enrolled, if applicable).
  6. Vita or Resume (Please include your name and date of birth on each page.)
  7. Letters of Recommendation
    • Our program requires two letters of recommendations, although three are preferred
    • You will supply the name and contact information, including an email address, for your letter writers. Our application system will contact them and provide instructions for electronic submission of your letters of recommendation.
  8. 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 your research, clinical or other relevant experiences that have shaped and/or prepared you for doctoral study in clinical psychology.
    • Please do not exceed two pages. Please use at least 10-pt font and include your name and date of birth on each page.


  1. GRE Advanced Psychology Test score
  2. Copies of published articles or chapters, if applicable

Review Process and 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 well as applicants’ fit with our program (as reflected by the personal essay and letters of recommendation). With our flexible mentor model, we place great weight on applicants’ fit with the research of the faculty members they identify 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 invited to campus for an in-person interview day in February or March.

The entire program faculty participate in the interview process. During their interviews, we will as candidates to discuss their interests in clinical psychology as well as their interests in our program. We will also ask students to discuss their research and clinical experience and invite them to discuss any other aspects of their academic and professional background that are related to doctoral studies in clinical psychology.

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