Clinical Admissions

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data


The University of Washington's Clinical Psychology Program is fully accredited through 2027 by the American Psychological Association. For information regarding the program's accreditation status, you may contact The Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone number: (202) 336-5979.

Our program is also accredited through 2018 by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (, reflecting our commitment to a clinical science model that emphasizes evidence based clinical practice and the contributions of faculty, students, and program alumni to the generation of new empirical data on mental illness and its amelioration.

The University of Washington Clinical Psychology Program is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), and like other CUDCP programs has adopted the “Full Disclosure” policy by providing data on program applicants and students. (To access the CUDCP web site click here: ( The following sections provide information on the duration of the program; program costs (most covered by stipends and UW benefits program), doctoral level internship placement, attrition, licensure, admissions procedures and criteria, and admitted applicants' descriptive data covering the past 10 years.

Program Outcomes

A small minority (fewer than 10%) of our students enter with a masters degree in clinical or counseling psychology, or in some other discipline. Such students are required to take all required clinical area courses, practica, and training experiences. They may, however, be able to waive a limited number of out-of-area "breadth" courses with the permission of the relevant departmental area Graduate Training Committee representative. Nonetheless, we have found that entering with a masters degree does not shorten program completion time.

Note: Tuition is waived for students on research or teaching assitantships.

* Note. All students who failed to match limited their applications to two internship centers in the Seattle area to facilitate completion of their dissertations, then matched the following year when they applied more widely.

Note: Graduates of our program frequently choose research or other career tracks that do not require licensure, and therefore do not apply. We know of no instances in which a graduate of our program applied for and failed to attain licensure.

Selection Procedures and Criteria

Prospective applicants should appreciate that the numbers below do not tell all there is to know about the students in our program, and by some measures, the numbers tell very little. For example, the Clinical Program does not rely solely on GRE scores as a measure of the best applicants. Students with research interests and research experience can find a good fit with Clinical Program faculty members who share the same research interests. The Clinical Program selects applicants based on:

(a) demonstrated research competencies and experiences as demonstrated by the student's vita, conference presentations and/or publications, and letters of recommendation from scientists with whom the applicant has worked as an undergraduate or thereafter;

(b) a personal statement that includes a description of the applicant's personal and educational background and interests in clinical psychology and research;

(c) letters of recommendation from former teachers and mentors;

(d) the quality of undergraduate preparation as indicated on transcripts and letters of recommendation;

(e) GPA typically exceeding 3.5 overall (3.7 in psychology courses) and GRE scores typically above the 70th percentile (see statistics below);

(f) the applicant's fit with our clinical scientist program and with the research interests of the clinical faculty member with whom the applicant will form a mentoring relationship. Individual faculty who are sponsoring students in a given year select their top applicants and invite them to the University for a personal interview with both faculty and students already in the program. Selected applicants are then approved for admission by the clinical area faculty and the Departmental of Psychology Admissions Committee and a written offer of admission is sent to the applicant.

Because of our highly selective admissions process, more than 90% of the students admitted to our program receive their doctorate. The program is not a "hurdles" program, and the faculty's goal is to provide the best possible environment for attainment of the student's professional goals. As a result, the program has considerable flexibility, allowing students to direct their energies toward training experiences that are based on their interests. As shown by the attrition table (in the data sheet attached below), attrition from the program is quire rare and is more likely to be based on a student's decision to pursue another life activity or course of study than on academic or clinical deficiencies.

Note to potential applicants: A background check that reveals a previous felony conviction could prevent obtaining the doctoral level clinical internship required for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, as well as future licensure as a psychologist.

Duration of the Program

Our program requires a minimum of 3 full-time academic years of in-residence study. Typically, students spend 5-6 years in full-time residence prior to the one-year full-time internship (or, in rare cases, 2 years of half-time internship) that completes program requirements. See the Time to Completion table (in the data sheet attached below) for more detailed statistics on program duration. Because of the rich array of clinical and research training opportunities available to our students (plus the attractiveness of Seattle), many students take a bit longer to complete the program.

Admissions: Guidelines from the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)

  1. Policy for Admissions Offers and Acceptances (Please review)
  2. Choosing a Graduate Program in Clinical psychology