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Clinical Psychology in Downers Grove


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Admission Requirements
International Applicants
Application Process and Deadline
Interview / Selection Process
Matriculation Process
Transfer of Credit
Reapplication Process
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Clinical Psychology Admission

The Clinical Psychology Program considers applicants who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as competent, caring members of the healthcare 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. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required
    • If the applicant has graduate courses, but no degree granted, this will be viewed as an extension of the undergraduate work and will be evaluated as part of a cumulative GPA.
    • If the applicant has a conferred graduate degree in psychology or a related mental health field from a regionally accredited university, the GPA from that graduate program will be weighted more heavily than the undergraduate GPA. 
  1. Completion of 18 semester hours or equivalent of prerequisite coursework in psychology with a grade of C or better including: Introduction to General Psychology, Human Growth & Development or Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics or Tests and Measurements.
  2. Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores using the Midwestern University institution code of 1769:
    • Scores will be accepted from tests taken no earlier than January 1, 2013
    • For more information about the GRE, contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at 609/771-7670 or 866/473-4373 or visit
  1. Demonstration of community service or extracurricular activities.
  2. Motivation for and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  3. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  4. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University's Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  5. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

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An international student 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, 6 hours in non-remedial English composition, and 3 hours in speech/public speaking.

Applicants who wish to receive credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the U.S. 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:

International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable U.S. 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.

International Applicant Packet

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Application Process and Deadline

Applicants are advised to complete the application file as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.  To be considered for admission to the Clinical Psychology Program, students must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Completed Applications
    • The application, forms and instructions are available at; click on the IL Clinical Psychology Program section. For questions about the application or admissions process, contact the Office of Admissions at 800/458-6253 or e-mail at
  1. Letters of recommendation
    • Applicants must submit two properly signed and sealed letters of recommendation from professionals who know the applicant well (e.g. teachers, advisors, professional colleagues or supervisors).
  1. A personal statement that reflects the educational and career goals of the applicant 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 evaluations of their application.
  2. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended.
  4. GRE scores receive consideration in all applicant admission applications, although the GRE score is supplemental to other admissions data. Applicants are required to submit official GRE general test score directly to Midwestern University from the Educational Testing Service.
  5. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for submitting a completed application is July 15. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete applications early in order to be considered for a position in the class.

Send application materials to:

Midwestern University
Office of Admissions
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address. All requests for application withdrawal must be made in writing via e-mail, fax, or letter to the Office of Admissions at the above address.

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Interview and Selection Process

Completed applications are reviewed to determine an applicant's eligibility for interviews. Interviews are conducted on the Midwestern University campus during several days throughout the admissions cycle. The personal interview is the final step in the application process. The Admissions Committee reviews the completed files of interviewed candidates and submits recommendations for admission to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via The Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of admissions decisions.

Matriculation Process

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

    1. Submit the matriculation agreement and required deposit monies by the date designated in the matriculation agreement. Deposits are applied towards the first quarter's tuition.
    2. Submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 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 requested by the Office of Admissions or College.
    6. Students who are requesting an F-1 visa or who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must prepay tuition and in some cases other mandatory program fees for the first year of their educational program 6 weeks before the first day of the first quarter of each academic year. Furthermore, the student must prepay tuition and in some cases other mandatory program fees for each successive year at the start of each academic year on the University’s stated due date.
    7. Submit a signed Credit Policy Statement.
    8. Authorize and pass the appropriate MWU criminal background check, international police clearance, and/or fingerprinting background check as required by the College. Students who fail to provide completed checks/clearances or fail to pass background checks/clearances by the end of the first month after the start of the first quarter of enrollment may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College, and the student may be required to take a leave of absence.
    9. Submit a signed MWU Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy Statement.

Applicants who fail to satisfy these matriculation requirements or who omit or falsify information required on official admission documents automatically forfeit their seat in the program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated timelines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding the forfeiture of their seat.

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Transfer of Credit

To receive credit for coursework completed at other institutions prior to matriculation at Midwestern University, students must submit a Petition for Advanced Standing/Transfer of Credit Form and a course syllabus prior to registration for the first quarter of the program. All requests for Advanced Standing must be submitted prior to registration for the first quarter of the program. Requests will not be accepted after the student's first quarter in the program. The transfer of credit has the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 40 quarter hours, 32 trimester hours, or 27 semester hours, of credit for coursework completed prior to matriculation may be considered;
  2. Transferred course credit is limited to graduate level courses in psychology or mental health from recognized, regionally accredited degree granting institutions;
  3. Credit may be awarded for required courses completed from other doctoral programs;
  4. Credit may only be awarded for courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained;
  5. Credit is not transferable for clerkship, practica or internship; or courses that include a competency gateway; (for more information refer to the current Clinical Training Manual)
  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 a seven-year period before matriculation.

If a course is accepted for credit, the equivalent Midwestern University course and Advanced Placement (AP) notation will be recorded on the transcript along with the name of the institution at which the credit was earned and the original course title and number. Any earned letter grade will not be included on the transcript or used in the GPA calculation. Students requesting, and receiving, Advanced Standing understand that this might have financial and scheduling implications throughout their time at MWU. While the Program will work with the student, it is the STUDENT'S responsibility to ensure they have enough credits to qualify for Financial Aid for any given quarter.

Reapplication Process

Students who receive either denial or end-of-cycle letters 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 a new application and proceed through the standard application process. 

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