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Application Dates and Procedures

All application materials for admission to the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology must be submitted by December 1 to ensure full consideration. Applicants are admitted to the PhD Program for enrollment starting in the fall semester only and must be full-time students.

All applicants must adhere to the application guidelines of The Graduate School (TGS).

To submit your application, please follow these steps:

  • Complete the online application on The Graduate School’s website, including the $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Upload or send the following required supplemental items:
    1. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable)
    2. Curriculum vitae/resume
    3. International students only: TOEFL scores are required if prior degree was earned from an institution where English is not the language of instruction
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Personal statement (2-3 single-spaced pages; see instructions for personal statement below)
    6. Please provide a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write in a scientific and scholarly manner
  • Upload or send the following optional supplemental items:
    1. GRE General Test scores (note: our program has made submission of GRE scores optional, beginning with admission to our Fall 2023 cohort)
    2. GRE Psychology Subject Test scores

Instructions for Personal Statement:

  • Articulate clearly, concisely, and in specific terms your relevant academic, research, and psychology-related experiences and interests, as well as your long-term career goals.
  • You may also highlight any additional strengths that will make you an excellent candidate for our program, as well as explain any areas of relative weakness in your application (e.g., if your GPA or GRE scores are below recommended minimums).
  • Please also explain your reasons for applying to Montclair State’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology and indicate up to three faculty members with whom you would like to work and be interested in having as a faculty mentor.
    • Note: Please refer to the program faculty page for a list of faculty members associated with the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Prospective mentors include core and associated faculty.

Most supplemental items can be uploaded through the TGS submission portal once you have filed your online application and application fee. Supplemental items needing to be sent via postal mail (e.g., transcripts) should be sent directly to TGS at:

Montclair State University
The Graduate School
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Any questions about how to submit an application should be directed to TGS via phone (973-655-5147) or email ( Any questions about the PhD program that are not addressed here should be directed to: A program staff member will reply to you as soon as possible.

Upon receiving your required application materials, TGS will review your application and forward it to the Psychology Department if it meets minimum requirements (delineated below). Please note that TGS will only review your application once it is complete and your application fee has been paid. The Psychology Department then reviews the applications and requests interviews with prospective candidates. Typically, prospective candidates are notified of the interview invitation via email. Following the interview, the Psychology Department notifies TGS of its recommendations for admission, and the DCT and/or TGS notifies prospective candidates of their status via email and postal mail.

Admissions Criteria and Requirements

Admission to our programs is competitive. As such, we look for applicants who demonstrate a high level of preparedness for doctoral training.

Requirements for admission to the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a record of achievement that shows a strong promise of success in the program’s coursework and research and clinical training activities. Applicants considering our program should be aware of the following additional requirements:

  • As per TGS policy, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for those entering with a bachelor’s degree, while a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required for those entering with a master’s degree. Please note that competitive applicants entering with a bachelor’s degree typically have undergraduate GPAs in or above the 3.2-3.5 range. We also recommend an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 for psychology courses.
  • Competitive applicants typically have GRE Quantitative and Verbal scores at or above the 50th percentile. Although the GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required for admission, applicants may submit these scores for consideration by the admissions committee.
  • Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology (or a closely related field), though applicants will be considered as long as they have completed at least 15 credits in psychology (preferably including courses in statistics and research methods). Students who did not major in psychology or complete a master’s degree in psychology are strongly encouraged to submit the GRE Psychology Subject Test with their application.