Texas Tech University

For Applicants

Application Procedures

Questions regarding applications should be directed to the Admissions Coordinator, Dr. Adam Schmidt (adam.t.schmidt@ttu.edu)

Application deadline: December 1st, 2021

In order to apply, please follow these steps:

1. Create an account here: www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Admissions/apply-now.php
2. Select the Fall semester that coincides with the year that you would begin graduate school
3. Select the Clinical Psychology program among the options presented
4. Submit the required information in your application, including standard information as well as the following program-specific materials:

a. CV/resume
b. Personal statement
c. Contact information for 3 recommenders (who will be emailed directly for their letters of recommendation)
d. The name of the primary faculty advisor with whom you are interested in working (any additional faculty members of interest can also be noted, but this is optional)
e. Optional writing sample (this is not required, but you may include anything that you believe demonstrates your aptitude with regard to scientific/scholarly writing)

5. Submit your application ($75 fee)

For more information, please review the Graduate School's application page.

Information for Prospective Applicants

The Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) at Texas Tech has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1972. We emphasize training in research training in a variety of fields within psychology, including faculty with emphases that include both adult and child/adolescent populations. The CPP also emphasizes evidence-based clinical work, and we recognize that graduate students have a variety of career aspirations that may evolve during the course of their graduate training. Thus, we believe that the combination of training in both clinical adult and clinical child/adolescent psychology is a strength of our program that prepares our graduates for a wide array of career opportunities.

In addition to adhering to the scientist-practitioner model, the CPP also operates under a mentorship model of training. Thus, it is very important that students have research interests that are similar to our faculty given that individual CPP faculty make offers to prospective graduate students. That is, each student is admitted to a particular lab with a faculty mentor, in addition to being admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program (and the Graduate School). Thus, it is essential that prospective students evaluate the degree to which our program's training model, and the research interests of at least one of our CPP faculty members, align with their own goals for graduate education.

The Clinical faculty take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. Information related to academic achievement (overall GPA, Psychology GPA, and last 60-hours GPA), research and applied/volunteer experiences, letters of recommendation, personal statement that describe goals and interests, and overall match are a few of the factors that are used to evaluate applications. Consistent with the Department of Psychological Sciences and Texas Tech University, the Clinical faculty are committed to recruiting, educating, and retaining graduate students from underrepresented groups. Diversity is considered when determining interview invitations, offers of admission, and allocation of recruitment fellowships and scholarships for current students. Our Department's Diversity Committee (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/diversity/), consisting of departmental faculty and students, facilitates diversity related resources and activities in the department. Qualified members of ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due December 1st of each year. Following careful review of submitted applications, the CPP faculty will make determinations regarding which students will be considered for official admissions interviews. For the upcoming year, all interviews will be conducted remotely via videoconferencing (e.g., Zoom) or telephone calls. These interviews with the CPP faculty and current graduate students very important parts of the application process that help both the CPP faculty and the applicant evaluate the fit between the CPP and the interests, goals, and preparation of the applicant. Students may elect to visit TTU if they would like to do so before deciding on whether they will accept an offer of admission, but a visit will not be required and decisions regarding applicant acceptance will be made prior to any in-person visits made by applicants.

Interviews will be conducted in late January and early February, aligning with days/times that work for faculty and applicants' schedules. Admissions offers are usually made in mid to late-February. Please note that applicants have until April 15th to accept or decline an offer. Students should not feel pressure from any training program to make a decision before the April 15th deadline.

CPP students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many locations, mostly the United States but some from abroad. On average, one incoming student a year has completed either a master's degree in psychology or some graduate work.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The TTU Clinical Psychology doctoral program adheres to the offers and acceptances policy outlined by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP): CUDCP Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances.

Accreditation

The Ph.D. doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org