Texas Tech University


Welcome to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech University. Our training program is accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA) and we adhere to the scientist-practitioner training model. Our graduate students get training experience in research and clinical work. We are very proud of our students and our program graduates!

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech is interested in training students who value the scientist-practitioner model. The Clinical Program admits students who have an interest both in conducting research and in doing clinical work. Given this, our Program is not a good match for those solely interested either in research or in seeing clients. Our training program has an equal emphasis on the science and practitioner aspects of becoming a clinical psychologist. Although a Psychology major is not required at the undergraduate level, the vast majority of our graduate students have a Psychology major and take courses such as Research Methods, Statistics, and Abnormal Psychology as undergraduate students.

In addition to adhering to the scientist-practitioner model, our training program also uses the mentorship model. Given this, it is very important that students have research interests that are similar to our faculty as individual Clinical faculty make offers to students. That is, each student is admitted to a particular lab with a faculty mentor, in addition to being admitted to the Clinical Ph.D. program (and the Graduate School). Thus, a good fit between the applicant, our program's training model, and research interests that match at least one of our Clinical Psychology faculty members is essential.

The Clinical faculty take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. Information related to academic achievement (overall GPA, Psychology GPA, and last 60-hours GPA), GRE scores (GRE Psychology subject test not required), research and applied/volunteer experiences, 3 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 submit applications.

Applications are due December 1st of each year and the program hosts an Interview Day in early to mid-February. Following careful review of written applications, potential mentors conduct phone interviews with the top-ranked applicants. Based on these initial phone interviews, candidates being considered for offers are invited to campus for our Interview Day. A group of 20-25 prospective students are invited for Interview Day. These interviews with the Clinical faculty and visits with graduate students presently in the program are a very important part of the application process that helps both the Clinical faculty and the applicant decide how good the fit is between the Clinical program and the interests, goals, and preparation of the applicant. While attendance at Interview Day is highly encouraged, if students are unable to travel to campus due to financial reasons, a phone interview can be arranged. Admissions offers are usually made in mid to late-February. Please note that applicants have until April 15th to decide on whether to accept an offer. Students should not feel pressured from any training program to make a decision before the April 15th deadline.

Clinical Psychology students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many locations, mostly the United States but some from abroad. Almost all students have had an undergraduate major in psychology. On average, one incoming student a year has completed either a master's degree in psychology or some graduate work.

For application instructions, see the application guide.


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


The Ph.D. doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University is fully accredited by the American Psychology 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