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Clinical-Community Program Admission Criteria

Admissions Criteria: Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Program

The Clinical-Community Program receives on average between 150-180 applications each year. Files are evaluated in a holistic manner and six to eight new students are typically admitted each year. Students who are made offers for admission often have research or applied experience in addition to their undergraduate degree. The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Minorities and members of other historically under-represented groups in our field are strongly encouraged to apply.

The calendar for admissions activities for the academic school year includes the following important dates:

  • December 1 - Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Admission
  • Early to Mid January - Invitations to Visiting Day (sent via e-mail)
  • Early February - Visiting Day (by invitation)
  • April 15 - Deadline for applicants to decide on early offers of admission

Students in our program have a major professor who serves as an advisor and mentor. Please review the research expertise for all faculty members and carefully consider with whom you would like to work within the Clinical-Community Program. Your research interests and suggested mentor should be explained in the personal statement.

A complete application should include:

  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate School after being accepted into the program.
  • Undergraduate GPA (overall and psychology-specific); Graduate GPA (if applicable)
    • Grade point ratios consistently range from 3.4 to 4.0
  • Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores (Psychology Subject Test not required)
    • Students consistently score at or above 1200 (previous GRE scale)
    • Students consistently score at or above 308 (current GRE scale)
  • GRE scores may be submitted by using the following school code: 5818
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Previous Research or Prior Experience in Applied Settings
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
    • Explain how your interest fits the requested program faculty’s research expertise.

You can submit your application online at or by mail to the University of South Carolina Graduate School.

All supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed to the USC Graduate School. Supporting documents should not be mailed to the Graduate Department of Psychology.

USC Graduate School
901 Sumter Street
Columbia SC, 29208

Additional information can be obtained from the Graduate Office.

Email:   Phone: (803) 777-2312

Thank you for your interest in the USC Graduate Department of Clinical-Community Psychology!