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. 18 students have graduated between 2010 and 2014 with a mean years to completion of the degree of 6.3. The range of time to completion for current graduates is 4 years to 7 years*.
*Times may be different for students who have already completed some graduate work. Transfer credit evaluations will only take place after an admitted student has begun the registration process. For more information, please refer to the admissions page.
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. Students who enter with only a BA/BS degree must complete the entire program of study. Students entering with an MA in psychology can transfer up to 12 credits. However, all of the Program's core courses must be taken as part of the Program and, as a result, students can only transfer in electives. Students who are interested in transfering such courses must meet with the DCT and provide a syllabus and a final transcript. The student must have received a grade of B or better in the external masters course to make it eligible for transfer credit. In addition, a Program faculty member with expertise in the content area independently reviews the syllabus to determine whether the content was appropriate and taught at the doctoral level and then makes a recommentation to the DCT who makes the final decision regarding transfer credit.
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 Fulbright 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 two adjunct courses per school year for pay (with the permission of the DCT), in addition to their regular stipend assignments.
Finally, because the cost of living in New York City is high, some students choose to 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 the 3 students no longer enrolled in the 7 years of the program, two left to pursue alternative careers, and one is deceased.
For graduates from 2009-2014, the licensure rate is 68% (11/16). Our graduates have been successful in their acceptance into prestigious clinical and research programs, academic positions, and clinical leadership.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 7 years. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242