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Ph.D. Program - Clinical Psychology

Student Selection Process

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Tennessee receives many applications each year and typically selects five full-time students. All applications are reviewed by core clinical faculty members, and approximately 25 applicants are invited to visit the University of Tennessee and participate in our annual applicant visiting day.  This academic year, our visiting day in 2021 will be virtual (i.e., no in person interviews). Visiting day typically occurs on a Friday and is a day-long program of activities that includes an orientation, question-and-answer period, opportunities to meet the faculty and current graduate students, and a tour of the department, clinic, and campus. A social gathering for the Program is scheduled the evening before visiting day and an optional student organized social event follows the visiting day. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 1.

The core clinical faculty members meet following visiting day and select applicants to offer admission to the Clinical Program.  Students are selected for admission based on their research and clinical experiences and potential, letters of recommendation, written responses to essay questions, fit with the Tennessee Model and with potential mentor, GRE scores, GPA, and impressions from personal interviews.  Our program has made the GRE General Test optional for admission to the fall 2021 class. You may submit scores if you have them, and they will be considered by the admissions committee. Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration. Students are paired at admission with a mentor.  This allows them to immediately become involved in an active research program and to become quickly acclimated to the program.  Students are encouraged to be part of the labs of other faculty members in addition to their mentor's lab.  Students do not have any difficulty switching to work with a different advisor, if they desire.

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