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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline for the Ph.D. Clinical Doctoral Program?

All materials must be in the admissions office by December 31st in order to be reviewed.

What are typical GRE scores and GPA for students admitted to your program?

See the table containing  student admissions data.

I've taken the GRE/subject test before your admission deadline but the scores will not be in my file by your deadline. What is the status of my application?

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed with those that are complete by the deadline.

Can I take the GRE Psychology subject test after I have applied to the program?

The application is considered incomplete if the subject test is not received by our application deadline.

Can I retake the GRE General or Psychology subject tests after I have applied to the program?

Retaking the GRE general or subject test is possible. However, the scores may not be received in time to be considered when reviewing the applicant's materials.

Will I be notified by the Graduate Admission office when all my materials have been received?

You can check the status of your application online by logging in to the Hofstra University Graduate Application here. If you have any questions about your application status you can reach Graduate Admissions at:  516-463-4723.

How many openings are in a given class of students and how many apply?

We typically receive approximately 200 applications and invite 45-50 applicants for interviews. Ultimately, we accept a class of 12 students.

I already have graduate credits (or a graduate degree) in psychology. Are any credits transferable?

The PhD program in Clinical Psychology is a very specialized program and does not lightly grant waivers of course work considered central to professional training. If found appropriate by the program faculty, students may receive elective credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere. Evidence of the past course work must be presented and be found to be substantially equivalent to courses in the program . Students may be granted up to maximum of 20% of their past graduate credits and no more than 12 transfer credits provided that present evidence of earning a master's degree. Most admitted students possessing a master's degree will receive 6 credits maximum. Additionally, courses must have been taken no more than eight years prior to beginning at Hofstra, and must have been completed with a grade of B or better. Each transcript is individually evaluated.

How many credits and how much time does it take to complete the program?

The program is full-time and requires the completion of 105 credits with a cumulative grade point average of B or better. The Ph.D. program is a minimum of four years of full-time study and an internship year.  The program will take between five to seven years depending upon a doctoral student’s personal progress on internship and the dissertation.

Is it possible to attend the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology part-time?

No. This is a full time program . As shown elsewhere on this site, the program of study calls for full-time study consisting of course work, practica and externship to be taken each semester for the first four years of study. A summer course is required after the first year. Fifth year students and beyond will work on completing their dissertation and clinical internship. This is a rigorous program.

Is it possible to take courses on a non-matriculated basis?

No. We offer a comprehensive program of professional study only open to full-time, matriculated students.

May I enroll in your Program for only a Master's Degree?

A terminal Master's Degree is not offered in the Program. A Master's is awarded as part of the Full-Time study towards a Ph.D.

Is the program APA accredited?

Yes, the program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1973.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
More information about the APA can be obtained at http://www.apa.org

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available to graduate students. Specifically, we offer a specific amount of tuition remission to all students, especially during the first and second years of the program, when credits are particularly heavy. If you are accepted to our program the amount of tuition remission we can offer will be presented in your acceptance letter so you know exactly what to expect about costs before having to make a decision. Since this amount varies each year depending upon the amount allotted to us from the University, we typically do not know the amount available at interview day, but will have the information when we make acceptance offers.

For more information about potential sources of funding see the following link: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

What is the theoretical orientation of the program?

As can be ascertained from viewing the faculty page, our program is a behaviorally based Scientist-Practitioner program. We cover the full spectrum of Behavior Therapy (broadly defined) including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Exposure Therapies.

Can I apply to the program if I do not have an undergraduate or masters degree in psychology?

Yes. However, prior to admission into our program you must take the following courses:
Research Methods
Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology

And then some combination (2-3) of:
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Physiological Psychology (Brain/Behavior)

What is the program's position on diversity?

Hofstra University continues its commitment to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status in the conduct and operation of its educational programs and activities, including admission and employment. The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University believes that our program is best served when the students, faculty, and staff reflect and celebrate the diversity of society at large. Thus, our program is fully committed to increasing the recruitment of underrepresented students and has one annually awarded Diversity Scholarship in Clinical Psychology that covers all expenses in the program through graduation.

If you have any further questions regarding the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, please contact:

Mrs. Joan Connors
Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology Secretary
Email: PSYJTC@hofstra.edu
Phone: 516-463-5662

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