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Ph.D. Program - Clinical Psychology

Preparation and Admission

Applicants to the Clinical Program are required to have a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency or foreign equivalent and to take the GRE general exam. The Graduate Council requires a minimum grade point average of 2.7 out of a possible 4.0, or a 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study.  Applicants with previous graduate work must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent on all graduate work. In general, most of our students have GRE combined verbal and quantitative scores of over 300 and undergraduate GPA's over 3.5.  A Master's degree is not required for admission into our doctoral programs; however, students who hold Master's degrees are encouraged to apply to our doctoral programs. 

In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must:

  • Pay the $60 application fee by credit card or electronic check
  • Upload/Enter the following materials into the Graduate School Application:
    • Unofficial transcripts of all prior Undergraduate and Graduate coursework and degree confirmations
    • Complete Psychology Graduate Program Application
    • Complete Program-specific essay responses
  • Upload current resume/vita
  • Self-reported GRE scores
  • Three names/email addresses for referees
  • Official GRE scores should be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must:
    • Submit official TOEFL scores directly from ETS to University of Tennessee, 1843
      OR
    • Submit official IELTS scores directly from IELTS administrator to Office of Graduate Admissions

DO NOT SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL BY POSTAL MAIL UNLESS REQUESTED TO DO SO.  THIS WILL DELAY PROCESSING YOUR APPLICATION.


For information regarding specific Department of Psychology application materials, or for more information about our Department, please email Connie Ogle at cjogle@utk.edu.

We hope that you'll consider applying to our doctoral program in clinical psychology by December 1st. If you have any questions about the program, contact the Director of Training, Dr. Kristina Gordon, the Administrative Assistant for the Clinical Program, Mary Ellen Hunsberger, the Graduate Secretary, Ms. Connie Ogle, or any of the individual faculty members or graduate students associated with our program.

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