The policy of the Doctoral Program in Psychology is to consider students who show considerable promise of succeeding in the program. Each applicant's entire application package will be thoroughly examined (including GPA, General GRE scores, Psychology GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, as well as research and clinical experiences). This program is highly competitive and accepts approximately 5 students each year. The program is open to full-time students only. Students cannot attend on a part-time basis. Admission is for the fall semester only. Applications must be received by the Graduate Center Admissions Office by December 1st.
Please note that application requirements (transcripts, recommendation letters, GRE scores) must be submitted to the Graduate Center Office of Admissions (code 2113) - NOT to John Jay College.
All test results (with the exception of the Psychology Subject Test) must be received by December 1st in order to be considered for admission.
The Program is fairly new, with the first cohort of students beginning in Fall, 2004. Eight students have graduated between 2010 and 2012. The mean years to completion of the degree was 5.8 for students entering with a bachelor’s degree, and 5 years for students entering with advanced standing. The range of time to completion for current graduates is four years to seven years.
After being accepted to the program, transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis by examining, in detail, the course syllabi and other materials for each course for which a transfer of credits is being requested. It is possible to transfer in up to 12 credits from graduate-level courses in which students have received a grade of B or higher (subject to syllabus review and approval); students entering the Program with MA degrees typically transfer between 6 and 12 credits.
All students admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program at John Jay College receive a comprehensive support package that includes full tuition remission, a stipend of no less than $25,000 per year, and health insurance eligibility for five full years. Students are required to pay fees of $364.40, as well as to contribute a nominal fee towards the health insurance policy. Students are required to work as research assistants in their first year and teaching assistants or teachers thereafter, in exchange for their stipends.
Although students in the Program do not pay tuition, tuition is calculated via an in-state and out-of-state residence tuition structure and John Jay is responsible for paying some of the tuition to CUNY. For this reason, students are required to establish New York state residency by their second year or they are required to assume responsibility for any tuition differential for out-of state tuition. In state-tuition is $4,315 per semester or $8,630 for the entire academic year. An out-of-state resident is charged $835 per credit. The Program requires between 7 and 12 credits each semester, depending upon the student’s progression through the program. There is an application process by which an out-of-state resident can apply for reclassification as an in-state student. Details on that process are available here at the Graduate Center’s tuition rates page.
In addition to the support package described above, students in the Program are eligible for a number of additional grants and fellowships available to CUNY students. These include fellowships designed to attract and retain well-qualified minority applicants such as the Dean K. Harrison Awards and the Magnet Award and other merit-based awards such as the Gillece. Our students have been successful at receiving CUNY Dissertation Fellowships as well. Detailed information on a range of fellowships is available here.
Students have also been successful at receiving awards from other agencies including the Fullbright Fellowship, National Science Foundation, and others. Information about these awards is circulated to students each semester.
Students may also participate in John Jay College work-study assignments, or may teach up to one adjunct course each semester, with the permission of the DCT for pay, in addition to their regular stipend assignments.
Finally, because the cost of living in New York City is high, some students choose take out student loans. For current, detailed, comprehensive information about financing your studies, please visit The Graduate Center's "Tuition and Fees" webpage by clicking here.
A year-long predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is required for the doctorate. The Doctoral Program has an excellent internship record (see following Table).
Attrition is modest, as the following table indicates. Of students no longer enrolled, three transferred into non-clinical degree programs, one transferred to a clinical program close to home, two left to pursue alternative careers, and one is deceased.
For graduates from 2009-2010, the licensure rate is 80% (4/5). Our graduates have been successful in their acceptance into prestigious postdoctoral clinical and research programs, academic positions, and clinical leadership positions.
The Program is currently NOT ACCREDITED. We are currently in the process of applying for accreditation. For more information about accreditation, please contact the:
American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242