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Application Deadlines and Information

Students are admitted to the Clinical Science Program to work toward a Ph.D. degree. This is a full-time program, and we do not offer a terminal master's degree. Applications are due in the Graduate Admissions Office by December 1 for enrollment the following September. There are no spring semester admissions in the Clinical Science Program. Application materials are to be submitted on the Graduate College website.

Please direct questions about the website to the Graduate College​ numbers listed on the site.​​


The Clinical Science Program is especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who have previous research experience. Students with a strong motivation and interest in research, as well as some undergraduate experience in research, fit well with the program. Familiarity with computers, and the ability to use statistical software packages for data analysis, facilitate students' progress in the program. Although not required, a background in Psychology is helpful, especially courses in Research Design and Statistics.

***Application process update:  Due to the coronavirus, the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is waiving the GRE requirement for our graduate program. If you wish to apply without a GRE score, please enter a future GRE exam date into the application. It need not be a legitimate exam date. Entering a future exam date causes the system to finish your application and send it on to our review committee where it will receive full consideration.

If you are a Clinical Science Concentration applicant, please note: the Psychology Subject GRE is not required and will not be used for evaluation purposes during the admission process. However, it is helpful for fulfilling Clinical Science program requirements, and students who enroll in our program may choose to take the test any time before the end of their first year.***

The application on the Graduate College ​website requires a personal essay, which should describe your interest in clinical psychology, your research interests, and your fit with the program and with a particular faculty mentor or mentors. You are also asked to submit your transcripts, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Mentor Selection

One important criterion for admission is the fit between student research interests and those of faculty members in the program. During the admissions process, each student is matched with a faculty research mentor, on the basis of his or her research interests. The mentor trains the student throughout the program in research and helps to plan coursework and practicum training.

The following faculty will be interviewing for new students for Fall 2021: 

Sophia Choukas-Bradley

Adele Hayes

J-P Laurenceau

Naomi Sadeh

Jeffrey Spielberg

Interview Policy

​The Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware receives approximately 200 applications a year. We conduct an extensive review of applications and invite approximately 20 people for a virtual interview. Interviews are considered an important part of the application process. We appreciate your interest in our program, but because of the number of applicants, we can only virtually interview invited applicants and usually do so in late January. We will contact directly the applicants we are interested in interviewing. The program typically admits three to six students each year.

The Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware supports the CUDCP Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptance

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