Frequently Asked Admission Questions
Q. How do I apply to the program?
A. To apply to the CSU Clinical Psychology Program, you will need to submit (a) GRE scores, (b) a personal statement addressing the two questions on the application, (c) transcripts, and (d) two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a former or current instructor. Directions for applying to our graduate program are available on the CSU webpage at https://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/psychology/applying-for-graduate-admission
The Clinical Psychology program faculty begin reviewing applications in mid-February and then invite highly rated applicants for an on-campus interview in mid-to-late March. Offers of admission to the program are generally made in late March and early April.
Q. What kinds of experience and skills are you looking for in a successful application?
A. Applications that provide evidence of high academic achievement; interests, skills, and experience related to psychological research; familiarity with the profession of clinical psychology; and good interpersonal skills are preferred. The personal statement, academic record (i.e., transcripts), GRE scores, and the required recommendation letters should highlight the applicant’s strengths in the above areas. Most of our incoming students have obtained (or will) a BA or BS in Psychology, though students with other majors can be admitted (there are requirements for certain psychology courses before one can enter the program, however).
For letters of recommendation, two letters which speak to the applicant's academic skills, work ethic, career goals, and interpersonal competence are desired. It is generally suggested that both letters come from university faculty who know the applicant well; however, letters from research supervisors and clinical supervisors are also acceptable. You may submit three recommendation letters if you wish, but we suggest doing this only if the third letter provides unique information about the applicant different than what is described above (for example, a letter from a supervisor from a volunteer experience may add information that is different from information provided by faculty members, etc.).
Q. Are students admitted in the Fall, Spring, or Summer? How many applications do you receive and how many students are admitted each year?
A. The CSU Clinical Psychology program admits students once per year; students are accepted in the Spring for admission into that year’s Fall cohort. We receive roughly 100 applications each year and generally admit between 8 and 15 students per year.
Q. Do I need to take the Psychology Subject portion of the GRE?
A. No, you do not need to take the Psychology Subject portion of the GRE to be considered for admission to the program.
Q. I completed related graduate courses at another university. Will I be able to transfer these credits toward a Clinical Psychology degree at CSU?
A. Applicants with previous graduate coursework may submit transcripts and syllabi for possible transfer. This should be done after admittance to the program, and the Clinical Psychology Program Committee will conduct a formal review of such transcripts for possible transfer credits. Note that the university’s College of Graduate Studies limits transfer credits to courses with earned grades of B or higher that have NOT been used to obtain a previous degree, and that were taken no more than 6 years ago. Also note that transfer credits do not reduce the time it takes to complete the program (i.e., two years).
Q. I am worried that my GRE scores will hurt my admission chances. How do GRE scores influence admission decisions?
A. Program faculty members review the entire application, and the GRE scores are just one of the factors we consider. However, applicants with very low GRE scores will likely not be seriously considered. In general, successful applicants achieve average GRE scores at about the 50th percentile or higher. The GRE scores are used as evidence of academic achievement and ability to handle the academic rigor of the program. Transcripts and evidence provided in the recommendation letters are also used to determine academic readiness for graduate training.
Q. When are classes offered?
A. The CSU Clinical Psychology Program is a full-time only program; classes meet in the Fall and Spring semesters of the two years of the program. Most courses are offered during the day, though on occasion certain classes may occur in the evening. During the second year of the program, students typically spend two full days per week as practicum students at various clinical and assessment sites in the Greater Cleveland area.
Q. Can the program be completed online?
A. No, the program is an on-campus, full-time graduate program.
Q. Can I work and attend the program?
A. Many of our students have held part-time jobs while in the program, and almost all students accept the part-time (typically, 10 hours per week) graduate assistantship/teaching assistantship offered to program students in the first and/or second year of the program. However, it is not realistic to maintain a full-time job while completing the program.
Q. Is there an admission interview?
A. Yes. Invitations to be interviewed by program faculty are offered to those applicants whose applications are rated highly by program faculty.
Q. Do students find their own practicum sites? Are placements all located in the Cleveland area?
A. Student practicum sites are arranged for and assigned by the program’s practicum site supervisor (Dr. Poreh). However, as part of this process students are asked their preferences as to type of site, location, etc. Practicum sites are generally located in the Greater Cleveland area (either in Cuyahoga County or one of the adjoining counties).
Q. How much does it cost to complete the Clinical Psychology program at CSU?
A. Tuition for graduate students from inside Ohio is currently $545.45 per credit hour, and is higher (i.e., $932.30 per credit hour) for students from outside Ohio. International students pay $1,029 per credit hour. The program currently requires the completion of 50 credit hours.
Q. What financial aid is available to graduate students?
A. Various federal loan programs are available to graduate students. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility. Further information may be found at http://www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-frequently-asked-ques....
Q. Are graduate assistantships available?
A. Yes. Typically, students are offered a position in the Psychology Department as a graduate assistant in the first year of the program. The amount of funding for graduate assistantships for the program can vary from year to year, so more specific information is provided each year during applicant interviews and at the time of admission offers. More information is available at https://www.csuohio.edu/graduate-studies/current-students/types-ga-teach.... You can also contact the program Director (Dr. France) should you have further questions.
Q. When will I hear from the program once I have completed my application?
A. The application deadline for the Fall 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019. Invitations for interviews will likely be sent in early March. Interviews will likely be held from later in March and perhaps into early April. Admission offers will be communicated beginning about mid-April and will continue to be made until we have a full cohort (roughly 10-15 students) to begin their graduate studies in August, 2019.