Application Instructions

Please carefully follow the application procedures listed below and those outlined by the Graduate School. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and all materials are received by the deadline (December 1st) by both the Graduate School and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Please keep in mind that it may take up to a week for the department to access materials after they are submitted to the Graduate School. 


How to Apply: Parts I and II

To apply to the Clinical Psychology PhD program, applicants must complete Part I and Part II.

Part I. Graduate School
Part II.Clinical Psychology Program

Deadline: December 1st

Part I. Graduate School

To complete Part I, applicants should review the Graduate School application instructions and then complete the online application form. Below are some of the requirements for that application.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee: $65: McNair Scholars can obtain an application fee waiver by submitting a completed McNair Scholars Fee Waiver form when applying. Application fee waivers are also granted to those receiving government public assistance through programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Care (AFDC), Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). Please contact (502) 852-6495 regarding your eligibility.
  3. Transcript(s): Official transcripts from all colleges you have attended must be sent directly from the colleges to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE General Test is optional for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program's current admissions cycle (applications submitted on or before December 1, 2020). You may submit scores if you have them and would like to include that information with your application materials; they will be considered by the admissions committee. Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration. If GRE scores are not submitted, applicants should provide evidence of their writing and quantitative skills through other materials such as description of  quantitative courses taken and provision of written materials such as an honors thesis or a course paper. If GRE Scores are submitted, scores for the general section of the GRE should be directly reported to the university using the University of Louisville institution code of 1838.
  5. Three Recommendation Letters: Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required by the Clinical Psychology program. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the electronic letter of recommendation option available through the online application form.
  6. *TOEFL/English Proficiency: Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit official TOEFL scores. For more information about the English Proficiency/TOEFL requirements, click here.
  7. *International Students: Additional instructions for international students can be found here.

Part II. Clinical Psychology Program

After completing the graduate school online application in Part I, applications need to complete the Clinical Psychology program application. As a friendly reminder, both Part I and Part II need to be completed by the December 1st deadline.

The following additional materials will be needed to complete the Clinical Psychology program application:

  1. Applicant Data Sheet
  2. Mentor Rankings: Our program is a research-based, scientist practitioner focused program and students are admitted based on a mentorship model. On the applicant data sheet, you will indicate your preferences for up to 3 possible research mentors (ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae: A current CV is a required part of the application. It can be submitted via the Graduate School online application, or sent in with your Applicant Data Sheet.
  4. Personal Statement: A Personal Statement should be uploaded with your application materials. The Statement of Purpose is expected to be 2-3 pages and describe the applicant's background, research experience and interests, and career goals. Within your Statement, please address the professional and research experiences that led you to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and how our program and mentorship fit with your goals.
  5. Supplemental Materials: If you do not submit GRE scores, you will need to provide information regarding your quantitative/research and writing skills. You may upload supplemental materials such as a description of relevant courses/trainings, capstone or Honors projects, research presentations, publications or writing samples with your application materials.
The above materials should be sent to
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions regarding our program and the admissions process.

Offers of Acceptance

Typically, students will receive offers of admission before April 1. Assistantships and fellowships are also normally offered before April 1. Applicants are under no obligation to respond to offers of admission or financial support prior to the decision date of April 15. Additional admissions and financial offers may be made after the April 15th decision date if one or more slots become available.


If you have any questions about the application process, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Should you have any further questions, please contact:
Maggie Leahy
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of Louisville