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Applications should be received by March 1st for priority consideration. We accept only one cohort each year, to begin in the fall semester. All applicants must meet the criteria listed below to be considered for admission.
If a student is interested in applied work immediately following earning this degree, then the student should investigate the job opportunities and practice laws and regulations for master’s level practitioner’s in the state or country in which they wish to work. Kentucky has a path for a master’s level graduate to practice with supervision as a Licensed Psychological Associate. In other states and countries the graduate may find employment under a different title or certification. Try searching under the term “Board of Examiners of Psychology,” with the name of your state or country, to determine the situation for where you wish to live. Also examine position advertisements for persons with a psychology master’s degree.
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.
Applicants with scores below the above cutoffs cannot be considered. We do not have conditional admissions. 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.
Applicants will be required to complete an affidavit that certifies that they have not been charged with or convicted of a felony offense. Accepted students with assistantships will undergo a criminal background check. It will be completed during the first semester of graduate study at the applicant's expense. Students failing the background check could be dismissed from the program.
We recommend that students have completed 18 semester hours (usually six classes) in Psychology, which has to include one class (3 credit hours) in either statistics or research methods and one class (3 credit hours) in Abnormal (preferred) or Personality Psychology.
Selection is competitive and our class size is limited.
Interviews are not required for this concentration.
Applicants should submit
- The Graduate School Application for Admission,
- The Psychology Department MA Program and Assistantship Application Form,
- Letter of Intent/Purpose (a 500 to1000 word Personal Statement) describing the students’
- clinical or applied experiences and interests
- research experiences and interests and
- future academic and career goals,
- College transcripts,
- GRE Scores,
- Three letters of recommendation,
- An Affidavit.
This material should be submitted directly to the Graduate School, either via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the address below:
The Graduate School
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101-1010
In order to be accepted into the clinical psychology M.A. concentration, students must be accepted into the WKU Graduate School. Acceptance into the Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical concentration. Once the clinical faculty select candidates, they must be approved by the Graduate School. While you will hear from the Clinical M.A. Coordinator that you have been recommended for acceptance, the actual acceptance letter will come from the Dean of the Graduate School.
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.
Applications should be received by March 1st for priority consideration. Applicant review and notification process can take as late as the end of May.
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