Before You Apply

Admission to the Clinical Psychology program at Case Western Reserve University is very competitive. We typically receive 150-250 applications for consideration each year, and we usually have 5-6 openings available for incoming students.

An important consideration in selecting a graduate program is the fit between a student and the program philosophy, structure, and faculty interests. Potential applicants should first review the list of faculty members interested in accepting students for the upcoming academic year. Visits prior to application are not permitted as this may give an unfair advantage to local individuals. Invitations for face-to-face interviews are made in January. Interviews provide a natural opportunity to learn more about the program. Because of our concern about giving an unfair advantage to local applicants, the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) does not meet with potential applicants who would like general information or to visit. The Admissions Director, Arin Connell, is happy to respond to e-mail inquiries regarding specific questions that cannot be answered here. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM ON THIS SITE AND OUR FAQ PAGE BEFORE CONTACTING THE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR THE DCT. **Is Clinical Psychology the best type of training for me?** **Your guide to getting in**

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 Email:

Applicant Data

Academic year applied for entrance in





Number of Applicants 165 217 218 214
Size of Incoming Class 5 5 5 4
# Incoming Students Receiving Financial Aid 5 5 5 4

  We expect our applicants to document a solid undergraduate education and excellent academic abilities, as shown through undergraduate GPAs and GRE scores. We also value thoughtful personal statements that clarify the student’s specific interests and background in psychology, along with strong recommendation letters documenting experience relevant to psychology research and clinical service. We aim to match students with an academic advisor who shares similar interests in the field of clinical psychology. We are deeply committed to fostering a positive climate for diversity in our program. We wish to create a welcoming environment for all individuals, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. This includes individuals of differing ages, ethnic/cultural groups, racial groups, gender identities, physical abilities, religious affiliations or beliefs, sexual orientations, and/or socioeconomic statuses. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our program.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students are required to have a completed bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology.

Students with master’s degrees in psychology are also welcome to apply. For students who already have a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, transfer credits are assessed once an applicant is accepted and enrolled. A master’s degree from another program may meet some of the requirements of our Ph.D. program. There is no guarantee, however, that the courses taken at another college or university will transfer, and a thesis completed elsewhere may not meet the requirements of our program. If you have your master’s degree in a field other than Clinical Psychology, you must receive your master’s (M.A.) degree through our program before you receive your PhD.

If an applicant does not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology, the Psychology GRE is required.

The student should have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate psychology courses.

Preferred minimum scores for admission are:

  • GRE-V: 160
  • GRE-Q: 148
  • GRE-ADV: 600
  • GPA: 3.25
  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • TOEFL PBT: 577
  • PTE: 61

This table provides average GPA and GRE scores over the past several years of incoming students

Year entering program





GRE-Verbal mean 163 157 162 159
GRE-Quantitative mean 156 155 160 156
GRE-Advanced mean 685 N/A 696 713
Undergraduate GPA mean 3.63 3.67 4.4 3.9


*ETS converted to a new GRE test and scoring system this year

How to Apply

You are able to submit your Application, Clinical Supplemental Application, Application Fee, Personal Statement, CV, transcripts and optional writing samples during the online application process (A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required at the time of submission. If you are experiencing a severe financial hardship which prevents you from paying the application fee, please email to speak with our admissions staff about your options). You are also able to submit the optional writing sample directly to the Department at The application process prompts you to submit the e-mail addresses of your 3 references. Instructions are automatically e-mailed to them regarding submitting their recommendations. Please contact ETS to submit your GRE scores to CWRU (institution code 1105, no department code). As your application materials are processed, your application page on Hobson’s is updated. It is also updated once your application is complete. Interview invitations to visit the department are sent out by e-mail or phone in January. For inquiries, first read our FAQ page. If you still have questions, please e-mail the Program. For important information on our guidelines for graduate school offers and acceptances, please read this.

The application procedure for graduate study in psychology can be a time-consuming process and should be initiated as early as possible. The School of Graduate Studies must receive all required materials before any formal action can be taken. It usually takes several weeks for all the application materials to be received and processed.

Students are accepted for fall admission only. To receive full consideration for admission, all application materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Applications completed after this date may not be given full consideration.


Clinical interviews will be held on January 25 and February 1, 2019.

CWRU complies with the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Guidelines for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances.