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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Clinical Concentration

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Clinical graduate students practice therapy skills.
Dr. Rick Grieve and Clinical Psychology graduate students enjoy a Predator's game.
Clinical and school faculty meet with community groups to explore additional graduate options.
Congratulations to our graduate students: Cassie Sturycz, current Clinical Psychology Masters student, was accepted into the University of Tulsa Clinical Ph.D. Program. She was also named the Clinical Psychology Outstanding Graduate Student for the graduating class of 2014.
Congratulations to our graduate students: Tara Holaday (Clinical Psychology Masters graduate 2013) has accepted a position at Morehead State University at their Counseling Center.
Molly White presenting results of research
Congratulations to our graduates: Amanda McLure and Courtney Clippert for completing their Ph.D.s in Counseling Psychology in August of 2014. Amanda finished her work at Florida State University and Courtney did hers at Auburn University.


For admissions material click here. This material should be submitted directly to the Graduate School, either via e-mail at or at the address below:

The Graduate School
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101-1010

On March 1, the clinical faculty begin the evaluation of all applicants. Acceptance into the concentration is competitive. Applicants to the clinical psychology concentration need a minimum GRE Verbal score of 146, GRE Quantitative score of 141; overall Grade Point Average of 2.75, and a Psychology Grade Point Average of 3.00. The 500-word Personal Statement should describe the student's applied and research interests in clinical psychology and general career goals. Interviews are not required for this concentration.

Applicants will be required to complete an affidavit that certifies that they have not been arrested and/or convicted of a felony offense. Accepted students will undergo a background check to ascertain this is the case. Students failing the background check could be dismissed from the concentration.

We recommend that students have completed 18 semester hours (usually six classes) in Psychology, which has to include statistics or experimental methodology, and abnormal psychology courses. Selection is competitive and most students are well above the minimum criteria. Click here to view a comparison between students who were admitted to the clinical concentration and students who applied to the concentration. 

Once the clinical faculty select candidates, they must be approved by the Graduate School, so, while you will hear from the Clinical Coordinator that you have been recommended for acceptance, the actual acceptance letter will come from the Dean of the Graduate School. As one more complicating factor, in order to be accepted into the clinical psychology MA concentration, students must be accepted into the WKU Graduate School. However, acceptance into the Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical concentration.

We strongly encourage applications from people of under-represented groups and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds. WKU is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.


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