Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make an appointment to speak with someone/visit the department?

Potential applicants interested in our program are encouraged to visit our website for information. If you have additional questions, please contact Meagan Coomes at or (859)-257-9640. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to meet with current or future applicants until interview dates, which are held in late January each year. Applicants chosen for interviews will be notified soon after the application deadline. If invited to interview, please make arrangements to attend. 

You may also wish to contact faculty members who share research interests in order to inquire if they are accepting new graduate students, but again, most are unable to schedule personal meetings due to time constraints. 


Can I complete the program part-time or from a distance? 

No. Our doctoral program is a full-time program and students are expected to be on campus throughout the week to attend classes, participate in research activities, clinical work, meetings, etc. We do not offer doctoral-level courses online or on weekends. 


Can I apply to your program if I just want a Master's degree? 

No. Our program is structured as a PhD program, and is not geared towards Masters-only students. 


Do I need to send in official transcripts and GRE reports?

No. Students are required to upload unofficial transcript(s) on the Apply Yourself application website. You will also self-report your GRE scores on the application. If you are accepted into the program, we will then request that you provide us with official transcripts and GRE reports sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). 


What materials need to be uploaded to the application?

The application asks that you download unofficial transcripts, CV, personal statement, and a writing sample (optional). See the full list here


If I am applying to multiple areas do I need to have separate letters of reccomendation for each?

After providing the name and information for recommenders, as indicated on the application, the graduate school will generate an email and send them all the information they need to provide their reccomendations. 


Are students who choose a health or neuropsychology concentration for the clinical program in a separate application pool?

Students are admitted to the areas (clinical, social, developmental, etc.) and then may choose a concentration. Students do not need to have a concentration. They can choose a concentration if they have an interest in that area, but it is not required.


Is the health concentration limited to students pursuing a clinical psychology degree? For example, could a student apply for the social psychology area with a health concentration?

Students in any area may pursue the health concentration.


I have a Master’s Degree Clinical Psychology. Is it possible to obtain credit for past coursework or have the thesis requirement waived?

Nothing is guaranteed, however credit for previous coursework and/or thesis coursework is possible. The thesis must be approved by faculty, and syllabi from previous coursework can be reviewed by the Director of Clinical Training and/or the instructor of the corresponding course.


I am interested in seeking assistantship aid. Do I need to upload any documentation confirming this?

Our program fully funds all of the graduate students it accepts. We do not have any required documents.


What is required of the personal statement? Is there an exact length requirement?

The psychology program does not require a specific length to their personal statements. As a general rule, they run about two or three pages in length. Write whatever it is you need in order to present who you are and what you would like to gain from the program, and to let others understand you better.


I am having trouble locating or accessing the personal statement portion of the application.

The personal statement upload can be found on the supplemental uploads page. If you continue having issues, it may be caused by an incompatible browser. Use Firefox.


Who is the Director of  Graduate Studies?

Our current DGS is Dr. Mark Fillmore.


I am planning to apply, but have GRE scores that are lower in average. Should I still apply or will my application automatically be thrown out?

Your application is not automatically thrown out if you are not in the average range of GRE scores. However, our program is very competitive and weaker scores make admittance more challenging.


Is every applicant required to submit GRE scores?

Yes. Every applicant to our PhD program must take the GRE.


Can I apply if I won't have my GRE scores before the application deadline? 

You should not apply to the program if you are scheduled to take the GRE after the application deadline, or if you have already taken the GRE but will not receive your scores before the deadline. Please plan to take the GRE well in advance of the program deadline of December 1st so that you may report your scores on your application. 


Is it required to take the subject GRE?

No, we do not require the subject GRE.


What is the institution code for the GRE and TOEFL exam?

The GRE institution code for the GRE is R1837.  The TOEFL institution code is 1837.



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