Admissions - M.A. Clinical Psychology Concentration
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. For the upcoming fall semester, applicants to the clinical psychology concentration need a minimum
- GRE Verbal score of 142,
- GRE Quantitative score of 142,
- 4.0 Analytic Writing,
- an earned undergraduate degree
- a minimum of 18 hours of psychology coursework (usually six classes) including statistics or research methods (3 hrs), abnormal (preferred) or personality psychology (3 hrs)
- 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 successful students are well above the minimum criteria.
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.
Selection is competitive and our class size is limited.
Interviews are not required for this concentration.
Applicants should submit:
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals attesting to the applicant’s potential for success in the program;
- A Personal Statement (500 to1000 words) describing the students’
- clinical or applied experiences and interests,
- research experiences and interests and
- future academic and career goals;
- A resume or vita;
- An Affidavit as described in the section above;
- The Graduate School Application for Admission;
- The Psychology Department MA Program and Assistantship Application Form;
- Official College transcripts; and
- An official GRE Score report.
GRE results and transcripts 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
[Note: The Graduate School is looking at implementing a new admission process at some point this year but they don’t have a start date for it. If you visit the Graduate School and find different directions, follow them.]
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.