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Clinical graduate students practice therapy skills.
Dr. Rick Grieve and Clinical Psychology graduate students enjoy a Predator's game.
Clinical and school faculty meet with community groups to explore additional graduate options.
Congratulations to our graduate students: Cassie Sturycz, current Clinical Psychology Masters student, was accepted into the University of Tulsa Clinical Ph.D. Program. She was also named the Clinical Psychology Outstanding Graduate Student for the graduating class of 2014.
Congratulations to our graduate students: Tara Holaday (Clinical Psychology Masters graduate 2013) has accepted a position at Morehead State University at their Counseling Center.
Molly White presenting results of research
Congratulations to our graduates: Amanda McLure and Courtney Clippert for completing their Ph.D.s in Counseling Psychology in August of 2014. Amanda finished her work at Florida State University and Courtney did hers at Auburn University.


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.

Competitive Applicants

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.

Admission Materials

Interviews are not required for this concentration.

Applicants should submit

This material should be submitted directly to the Graduate School, either via e-mail at or at the address below:

The Graduate School
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101-1010

Admission Process

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.

International Students

Please note that there are additional requirements for international students. You will find information on English requirements and financial aid at this address. 

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