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HSP Application Procedure

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Application Deadline:

The application deadline is December 1st for all materials – see the GRE section for one exception.

GPA

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

GREs

  • GRE General test is required of ALL HSP applicants.
  • We look for scores in the 50th percentile on the exam domains
  • We will accept scores from the November General GRE test because they arrive roughly one week after the close of our deadline (December 1)
  • GRE Subject test is NOT required.
  • GRE Subject test is optional. Applicants who do not have a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in Psychology and wish to demonstrate their preparation for graduate study in Psychology are encouraged to take this test
  • October is the last available date to take the GRE Subject Test prior to our application deadline of December 1st

See the HSP FAQs for which applicants might consider submitting results of this test as part of their application.

HSP FAQs

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

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 is 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

Interviews

  • Applications will be contacted with an invitations to interview with the HSP in January.
  • Our interview date is Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • A reception for applicants will take place at 5:00 PM the prior Thursday
  • Please see Approximate Admissions Schedule for more detail

Application Procedures

  • The HSP program adheres to the CUDCP Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances
  • The HSP program utilizes a mentor model. All students are admitted with a primary research mentor assignment. Applicants should check to be sure faculty with whom they would like to work are accepting new students.
  • All HSP faculty participate in the review of applications, interviews, and decisions regarding who will receive interview and admissions offers.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Interview offers usually are extended in January. Interviews are held on a Thursday and Friday in February.  Specific interview dates are posted sometime in September.  Phone/Skype interviews (and sometimes alternate interview days) are available for applicants unable to visit in person.  We do not reimburse transportation costs, but we do try to find housing with a current student if desired/available, and provide a reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.
  • First-round admission offers typically are extended within two weeks following visit day.
  • Notification of applicants declined admission takes place in two phases:
    1. Applicants who are clearly not appropriate or competitive for the program are notified after the first round review.
    2. Applicants deemed acceptable, but not ranked highly enough to get an offer are notified after all admission decisions have been made.

HSP Supplemental Application

All applicants to the HSP Program in Psychology must complete and upload the HSP Supplemental Application file as part of their application. Applicants will be able to upload the file at  the section of the Graduate School Application labeled Additional Documents.

The HSP Supplemental Application will ask applicants to:

  1. Specify the track(s) within HSP they are applying;
  2. Indicate the faculty mentor(s) with whom they want to conduct research and how applicant research interests align with theirs;
  3. List any coursework they feel highlights their preparation for graduate education in HSP
  4. Briefly describe their current career goals; and
  5. Provide any additional information that may assist the Admissions Committee.

Important: For applicants who do not have a degree in Psychology (Bachelor’s or Master’s), the Supplemental Application is important as it allows you to demonstrate your preparation for graduate study ways such as: courses taken in Psychology, courses taken in Social Sciences, courses in Research Methods, research experience, practical experience, etc.

The preferred method of application is through the online application forms available at the UMBC Graduate School website. The online application includes both the UMBC Application for Graduate Admission and a link to upload Supplemental Application for the Human Services Psychology program. The UMBC Graduate School website also includes a checklist of application materials. The deadline for the application is December 1.

Hard copies of all application materials can be obtained by contacting the Psychology Department at (410) 455-2567

HSP SupplementalApplication 2019

HSP Admissions Policies

The HSP program utilizes a mentor model. All students are admitted with a primary research mentor assignment. Applicants should check to be sure faculty with whom they would like to work are accepting new students.

Compatibility of applicant’s goals and interests with the purposes and values of the program.

Please see HSP Faculty for a list of faculty accepting students

  • 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 HSP faculty participate in the review of applications, interviews, and decisions regarding who will receive interview and admissions offers.
  • 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:

Ability (relative to expected graduate school performance).

In general, we seek students with GPAs >3.2 and GRE test scores above the 50th percentile, but consider the entire application and the student’s life circumstances in making these evaluations.

  • Check http://psychology.umbc.edu/hsp/clinical/data/ for characteristics of past Clinical Track students
  • Preparation (relative to expected graduate school performance), including coursework, evidence of independent scholarship, supervised research, and practical experiences
  • Strength of support letters, personal statement, maturity
  • 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.
  • Interview offers usually are extended in January.
  • Interviews are held on a Thursday and Friday in February (Feb. 20 and 21, 2020).
  • Phone/Skype interviews (and sometimes alternate interview days) are available for applicants unable to visit in person.
  • We do not reimburse transportation costs, but we do try to find housing with a current student if desired/available, and provide a reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.
  • Thursday at 5:00 PM is a reception for all invited applicants to both the HSP and Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) programs
  • Friday is the formal interview day. Session overviews of the program and the specific tracks are scheduled in the morning. Followed by interviews with HSP faculty members. Each applicant will meet with at least three faculty members.
  • Formal admission offers typically are typically extended within two weeks following visit day.
  • Notification of applicants declined admission ideally takes place in two phases:
  1. Applicants who are clearly not appropriate or competitive for the program are notified after the first round review.
  2. Applicants deemed acceptable, but not ranked highly enough to get 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.
  • 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%.