Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
Time to Degree Completion
Students who have completed previous graduate coursework (e.g., Master's degree) are allowed to apply for the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Credit for previous coursework is awarded on an individual basis after careful review of the student's academic records.
In general, graduate students are expected to complete the Clinical Psychology PhD program in 6 years (5 years of university-based graduate training plus a 1-year clinical internship). In the past, some students who entered the program with a Master's degree have been able to complete the program in 5 years (4 years of university-based graduate training plus a 1-year clinical internship).
Each year we interview approximately 40 students among the 250 to 300 who apply, and we admit roughly six new students.
Loyola does not use the GRE-Analytical Writing score to screen applicants, but we do use a "working screen" of 1100 total for the sum of GRE Verbal plus Quantitative (original scoring system). However, we examine all folders and have accepted some students whose GRE scores do not meet our preliminary cut-off. A lot depends on the applicant's other qualifications and experiences. PLEASE NOTE: We require the GRE Subject Test as part of your application.
In addition to GREs and GPAs, our Admissions Committee looks closely at applicants' personal statements, letters of recommendations, and their research and clinical experiences. We take particular note of research experiences (e.g. we look for students who have presented papers at conferences and/or have professional publications). Finally, we personally interview applicants to determine if there is a good match between the applicant and our program. In other words, we seek to know whether the applicant's personal and professional interests will be well served by our curriculum, and the chances that the applicant will be able to develop a good mentoring relationship with some of our faculty. Please note that we do not do phone interviews as part of the admissions process.
Often, a match between student and faculty is a key determining factor; if several students want to work with the same faculty member, we usually cannot accommodate all of these students, even if they are highly qualified applicants. Finally, we attempt to achieve diversity in our student body along multiple dimensions that include gender, race/ethnicity, and professional interests. Approximately 15% of our current students are male; about 25% are members of underrepresented ethnic minority groups and most of our students complete the child sub-specialty.