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Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program


Application Deadline

The due date for RECEIPT of all applications and supporting materials is December 1, 2017.

How to Apply

Complete an online application through the URI Graduate School. When completing the online application, you must indicate Clinical Psychology. Admission to URI must be offered by the specific program to which you are applying AND by the Graduate School.

Application Materials

  1. Online application, submitted to the Graduate School, with application fee of $65 (paid online)
  2. Personal Statement (1 copy submitted as supplemental material in online application) – Please include the information below:
    • Your research interests and experience. Please provide detailed information on your interests and the types of research projects in which you have participated, including your specific responsibilities.
    • Your clinical interests and experience. Please give us an idea of the types of clinical experience (volunteer or otherwise) in which you have participated. Please be specific concerning your responsibilities.
    • Clinical program faculty you feel match with your interests. The extent to which an applicant’s research and professional interests correspond to the interests of existing faculty is an important factor in the selection process. Please name the program faculty who are matches to your interests in your statement.
    • Cultural Experience. Information about your knowledge of and experience with different cultures.
  3. Unofficial transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution you attended (upload PDFs as supplemental materials in online application).
    • Official transcripts from each institution are NOT required before the December 1st deadline, but will be required if you are offered admission to the program following interview day.
  4. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resume documenting previous educational, work, volunteer, clinical and research experiences (upload as supplemental form in online application).
  5. GRE score report (upload PDF as a supplemental form in the online application)
    • Official GRE Scores from ETS are NOT required before the December 1st deadline but will be required by the Graduate School if you are offered admission to the program following interview day.
    • Only scores from the General GRE are required, the Psychology Subject Test is not required.
  6. TOEFL scores (for applicants with a native language other than English)
  7. Three letters of recommendation
  8. Summary Table in Excel
    • Please complete the following summary table in Excel and SAVE AS:    Last Name_First Name_Clinical Summary Table
    • After saving the excel table, please send it to

No admissions materials should be sent via mail to the Psychology Department or to the Graduate School at this time. Applicants will be contacted for these materials following an invitation to Interview Day.


Selection/Interview Process

The admission team’s rating of the applicant’s credentials is based on their appraisal of the application materials. High scoring applicants (usually 25-30) are invited to visit the URI campus for a series of personal interviews with faculty and graduate students. All applicants selected for interviews are invited on the same day.

Each invited applicant is interviewed by at least two faculty members in separate individual interviews and by graduate students in an informational interview. The personal interview is an important part of the admissions selection process and attendance is strongly recommended. Applicants are typically given at least two weeks’ notice if they are to be invited. Failure to attend interviews without prior notice of extenuating circumstance constitutes a withdrawal from the admissions process and the application will not be considered further. Telephone/video-conference interviews will be conducted only in special circumstances.

Transfer Credit

If you are admitted to the Clinical Program and you have completed graduate work at another accredited college, university, or professional school you may:

  1. transfer up to 30 credits if you have a master’s degree in psychology or a closely related area; or
  2. transfer as many as one-fifth of the credits required to complete your degree plan if you do not have a master’s degree in psychology or a closely related area.

Transfer credit is granted only when the request is endorsed by the major professor and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Requests for transfer credit for course equivalency are typically reviewed and endorsed in writing by the faculty member who usually teaches the course at URI. Transfer credit for core content courses is limited to six credits (two courses). No decisions regarding transfer credit can be made prior to matriculation.

Financial Support

Traditionally, the URI clinical program has been extremely successful in providing financial support for its graduate students. Although URI has a successful record of financial aid for graduate students, we cannot guarantee that financial support will be available for all students but we typically provide 2-4 years of support (i.e., tuition remission plus a stipend) as a teaching or research assistant. Additional detail on sources of financial support is found in the Clinical Manual. Financial support for graduate students is available from a variety of sources:

  • Teaching assistantships
  • Research assistantships (grant funded)
  • Assistantships at the URI Counseling Center.
  • Other Graduate Assistantships (e.g., URI Women’s Center)
  • University Fellowships, Minority Fellowships, and Tuition scholarships as awarded by the Graduate School
  • Tuition Assistance from the Clinical Area
  • Conference Attendance Grants
  • Other Support: The Graduate Student Association offers financial assistance to graduate student groups and individuals through its Assistance Program such as for thesis Binding

Contact Information

Psychology Graduate Admissions
10 Chafee Road, Suite 8
Kingston, RI 02881

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