Admissions

Entrance Requirements:

In addition to meeting graduate school requirements for regular admission, applicants to the Combined-Integrated Clinical and Counseling Psychology graduate program must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate Record Exam: Summed score of  305 or better on the verbal and quantitative subtests and a score of 4.0 or better on the writing subtest of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination will be preferred.
    Applicants must have completed at least 21 semester hours of prior psychology courses (usually at the undergraduate level) including a statistics course, and a course in research design and methods.

  • In addition, the program's model of admission heavily values the degree of match between the student's clinical and research interests and that of their faculty mentor. You are assigned a mentor at the time you are offered admission, and usually this individual is your primary advisor, mentor as well as your thesis and dissertation chair during your program of study. Thus, your ability to articulate in your admissions materials your clinical and research interests, and to identify the faculty member or members with whom these best fit.

  • Lastly, the program is a unique integration of clinical psychology and counseling psychology. Applicants are advised to articulate in their admission essay why such a program philosophy is a good fit with their own philosophy, interests and goals. 

Routes to Admission:

Applicants can apply at one of two stages of their education.

  1. Admission with a Bachelor's Degree: Most students apply having earned a bachelors degree in psychology previously. If accepted, students admitted at this stage earn a master's degree in psychology along the way to earning their Ph.D.

  2. Admission with a Masters Degree: Completion of an advanced degree (Master of Science/Arts/Education) in mental health profession, e.g. clinical or counseling psychology, community/mental health counseling, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or a similar program from an accredited institution. The completed Master's degree need not be from one of USA's programs. Students with masters degrees in fields other than psychology often will have a larger number of courses that need to be remediated and this may factor into admissions decisions.

Admissions Deadline:

Students are admitted at a single-point each year (Fall semester). No spring or summer admissions will be accepted. Applications to the Clinical and Counseling Psychology (CCP) Graduate Program should be completed by December 15 for admission for the following fall. 


Application Materials:

Applicants to the CCP Program must submit the following through the University of South Alabama
online admissions portal (please note that the CCP program is listed under the Graduate School):

  1. Pay the $50 application fee

  2. Complete the Personal Information & Academic History sections of the online application

  3. Under the Academic History section, submit official transcripts from each institution of higher education in which you have enrolled since graduation from high school, regardless of whether a degree was earned.

  4. Under the Academic History section, submit your official GRE score report - These scores cannot be more than 5-years-old. The general GRE test is required for regular admission. The subject test in Psychology, although optional, is recommended, especially if you believe that your general GRE test scores do not accurately reflect your true ability.

  5. Under the Supporting Information section, request three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references.

  6. Under the Program Materials, click on the program's name again, and then click on the Documents tab and submit your personal statement  and resume

    Statement of interest/purpose should describe:
    1. your reason(s) for applying to our program as compared to others that may be available to you
    2. Any special credentials that make you a particularly good applicant for our program
    3. What research or clinical practice area might you want to focus your learning.
    4. Which faculty member(s) would you like to study and conduct research under (major professor)The GRE subject test in psychology is optional and is not necessary for an application to be reviewed.  

  7. Also in the Program Materials section, click on the Questions tab and answer all of the program-specific questions you find there.

  8. Additional required international student documentation. Contact Admissions for details - 460-6141

Graduate Assistantships

If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, please complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form 


Interviews

Usually an interview day will be schedule in February for selected applicants. Applicants can request to interview by phone or video conference as well. An interview in one format or another is required to be considered for final admissions decisions.


Admissions Decisions:

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions in April. If you have questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Dr. Joe Currier (jcurrier@southalabama.edu) the CCP Director of Clinical Training.

The program typically receives around 100 applications each year and accepts between 6-8 students for admission.