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Clinical Psychology Program Admission

The Clinical Psychology Program considers applicants who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as competent, caring members of the health care community. The Program requires an interview with applicants before decisions are made concerning admission into the Program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission within our competitive selection process applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Completion of 18 semester hours or equivalent of prerequisite coursework in psychology, with a grade of B- or better, including:
    • Introductory/General Psychology
    • Human Growth & Development or Personality Theory
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics or Tests and Measurements
  4. For the current admissions cycle, GRE scores will be optional for applicants. The program’s decision is predicated on its aim to remove barriers, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, for students applying. Not submitting scores will in no way impact how an applicant’s file is reviewed. If scores are provided by an applicant, scores will be reviewed as part of the whole application assessment.  Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 4160.
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  9. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University's Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  10. Passage of Midwestern University's criminal background check.

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Application Process and Deadline

To be considered for admission to the Clinical Psychology Program, students must submit the following:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation from professionals who know the student well (e.g., teachers, advisors, professional colleagues or supervisors)
  3. A personal statement that reflects the educational and career goals of applicants and provides a self-appraisal of their qualifications for the Program and profession. Applicants are encouraged to include explanations of any factors in their application materials that might impact evaluation of their application.
  4. Current curriculum vitae
  5. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
  6. Optional - GRE general test scores

Please Note: Applicants may track the receipt of their application materials and the status of their files on the University's web site with the instructions for accessing account information that will be sent by the Office of Admissions after receipt of their application. Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address and e-mail address. All requests for application withdrawals must be made in writing.

Completed applications are reviewed to determine the applicant's eligibility for interviews, which are conducted on the Midwestern University campus during several admission days throughout the admissions cycle. The personal interview is the final step in the application process. Upon completion of the interview, the Program makes admissions decisions and the Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of admissions decisions.

For those admitted to the Doctor of Psychology Program, a nonrefundable tuition deposit to reserve a seat in the entering class will be required by a date stipulated in the acceptance letter. Deposits are applied toward the tuition due for the first quarter of study.

Application Deadline

Completed applications are reviewed by the Clinical Psychology Admissions Committee. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in group interviews, during which candidates meet with Program faculty, staff, and students. All application materials, including evaluations in the interview process, are then reviewed by the Admissions Committee for final admissions decisions. Please see below for the application deadlines.

Priority Application Deadline - December 11th

Applicants who submit their complete application on or before December 11th will be given first consideration for admission and will be notified of the admissions decision on or before February 15th.  Those who are not accepted into the Program at this time will have the option of forwarding their application into the standard deadline (see below).

Standard Application Deadline - April 22nd

Applicants who submit their complete application on or before April 22nd will be considered for admission and will be notified of the admissions decision on or before May 22nd.  Applications received after April 22nd will be considered on a rolling basis for seats that may be available or placement on the alternate list.

Midwestern University is pleased to announce that it will offer limited scholarships to first-year students. The two types of scholarships available are:

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Academic excellence will be evaluated using information provided in the application, including undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, academic, and clinical and research achievements and honors.

Diversity Scholarship

Consistent with MWU's commitment to fostering diversity in the health care field, the Diversity Scholarship recognizes students from diverse backgrounds, including cultural and individual differences.

Students who are offered admission into the program will automatically be considered for one of these two scholarships.

Matriculation Process

The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process students must:

  1. Submit the matriculation agreement and required deposit monies by the date designated in the matriculation agreement. Deposits are applied toward the first quarter's tuition.
  2. Submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the first day of classes. Students who are accepted to MWU less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College. Students who fail to submit all official final transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College.
  3. Submit completed medical files documenting completion of a physical exam, immunizations, tuberculosis and titer blood testing as instructed by the Office of Student Services and detailed in the Student Handbook.
  4. Submit proof of medical and disability insurance coverage. Students may select either a plan offered by an MWU-approved carrier or a comparable plan offered by an outside carrier of their choice, as determined by the Office of Student Services. Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire period of enrollment.
  5. Submit additional documents as required by the Office of Admissions or college
  6. Students who are requesting an I-20 visa or who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must prepay tuition and in some cases other mandatory program fees for the entire length of their program at Midwestern University.
  7. Submit a signed Credit Policy Statement
  8. Authorize and pass the MWU criminal background check and/or fingerprinting background check as required by the specific college/school/program.
  9. Submit a signed MWU Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy Statement.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year for all enrolled students. Click here for the current Glendale Tuition and Fees.

Reapplication Process

After receiving either a denial or end-of-cycle letters, prospective students may reapply for the following year's admissions cycle. Before reapplying, however, individuals contemplating reapplication should seek the advice of an admissions counselor. To initiate the reapplication process, prospective students must complete and submit new applications and proceed through the standard application process.

International Applicants

Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.

Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE): 414/289-3400 or Fax 414/289-3411 or visit
  • World Education Services (WES): 212/966-6311 or Fax 212/739-6100 or visit
  • Josef Silny Associates International Education Consultants: 305/273-1616 or Fax 305/273-1338

International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.

Click here for more information on International Student Financial Services

Transfer of Credit

In order to receive credit for previous coursework completed at other institutions prior to matriculation at Midwestern University, students must submit a Transfer of Credit Request Application prior to registration. The transfer of credit has the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 40 quarter hours of credit for coursework completed prior to matriculation may be considered according to CHS policy for advanced placement.
  2. Transferred course credit is limited to graduate level courses from recognized, regionally accredited degree-granting institutions.
  3. Credit is not transferred for a clinical practicum or internship.
  4. Credit may be awarded for required courses from other doctoral programs.
  5. Credit may only be awarded for courses in which grades of B- or better were attained.
  6. The Program may require a competency examination to determine satisfactory performance before awarding credit for a course.
  7. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed within the seven-year period prior to matriculation.
  8. Transfer of Credit Applications must be submitted by August 1st of the year in which the student was accepted in the Program.


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