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HSP Application Information

GRE General Test:
For 2021 matriculation (current application cycle), the GRE General Test is not required. Moreover, we will NOT accept nor consider these test scores as part of anyone’s application to the Human Services Psychology Program.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is December 1st  for all materials.

Faculty mentor and interest match

  • The HSP program utilizes a mentor model. All students are admitted with a primary
    research mentor assignment. Applicants should confirm faculty with whom they would
    like to work are accepting new students.
  • Applicants may identify up to two faculty members who will serve as their faculty
    mentor. Please see HSP Faculty for a list of faculty accepting students for 2021
  • Applicants are expected write a statement. It may be longer than the word limit stated on
    the online application.
  • In the statement, applicants should make sure to indicate how their:1) interests align with
    the faculty mentor(s) they have identified and 2) interests, experiences, and/or future
    goals align with the HSP program’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Applicants who do not have a degree in Psychology should explicitly specify their
    preparation and foundational knowledge necessary for admission into a doctoral program
    in Psychology


  • The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 or higher; > 3.2 is preferred


  • The GRE General test is NOT required
  • GRE Subject test is NOT required and will not be accepted nor considered


Letters of recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation (LORs) are required of all applicants.
  • If an application is incomplete due to fewer than three LORs, the applicant will be
    notified of this by the Graduate Application software
  • Applicants may request four LORs if they are not confident that all letter writers will
    submit their recommendation on a timely basis

Writing Sample (Optional)

  • Occasionally, applicants have provided examples of papers and/or studies they have written
  • This is NOT required, but if an applicant wishes to provide this, it should be uploaded in the online Graduate School Application section that is labeled “Writing Sample

Application Review

  • The HSP program is committed to training psychologists to serve a diverse population
    and welcomes applicants from diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, and sexual
    orientation/gender identity backgrounds.
  • All applicants to the HSP program receive a comprehensive evaluation by a minimum of two faculty members (usually the individuals with whom the applicant expressed interest in working) on the following dimensions:
    1. Compatibility of applicant’s goals and interests with the purposes and values of the program:
    2. Ability (relative to expected graduate school performance). (In general, we seek students with GPAs >3.2 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile, but consider the entire application and the student’s life circumstances in making these evaluations).  What are some characteristics of past clinical students?
    3. Preparation (relative to expected graduate school performance), including coursework, evidence of independent scholarship, supervised research, and practical experiences
    4. Strength of support letters, personal statement, maturity
    5. Interest match with faculty member/potential mentor

Approximate Admissions Schedule

  • Applicants who meet the criteria highlighted above are invited to interview with the HSP
    Faculty following the first-round review – Visit Day.
  • Interview offers usually are extended in mid-late January.
  • Our interview dates for 2021 matriculation will be held virtually in the week of February 8, 2021
  • It is very likely the majority of the interviews will be scheduled on February 11 and 12
  • Applicants invited to Visit Day will be contacted in late-January/early-February for
    availability and scheduling
  • Formal admission offers to the program typically are typically extended within two
    weeks following Visit Day (approximately the week of February 22, 2020).

    • If you attended Visit Day and have not heard from us within two weeks, please
      contact your inviting faculty mentor if you are entertaining an offer from another
  • Notification of applicants declined admission ideally takes place in two phases:
  1. Applicants who are not appropriate or competitive for the program are notified after the first round review.
  2. Applicants deemed acceptable, but not ranked highly enough following Visit Day to
    warrant an offer are notified after all admission decisions have been made.
  • The HSP program adheres to the CUDCP Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances

Program Completion Rates

  • If admitted with a BA, students average six years from admission to program completion.
  • If admitted with an MA, students average four years from admission to program completion.

Questions about graduate courses

  • We do not offer online courses unless warranted by work from home pandemic
  • Applicants cannot take HSP graduate courses prior to admission to the program.
  • Admissions are for Fall only. We do not enroll new students in Spring semesters.
  • We do not accept Non-Degree Seeking Students.

Matriculation Rate

  • The matriculation rate is 8.5%.