Application Information

Application for Fall 2022 will open in July, 2021

Deadline: December 1, 2021 for Fall 2022

Your complete application to the Clinical Program must be submitted by December 1 to be considered for admission to the department for the following fall semester.  Please see the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience's Graduate Program Application Information.  

Selecting Applicants

GRE General Test results are one of the factors weighed by some faculty considering applicants. However, the GREs will be optional for students who have not been able to take the test because of COVID-19. If you are submitting GRE scores, they must arrive by the application deadline of December, 1, 2021, to ensure that they will be reviewed.

Information concerning an individual's previous academic performance is also weighed. Although it is necessary for a student to have a moderately high grade point average (i.e., above 3.3) to be considered, grades are not the chief determinant of acceptance to our program. We look for students whose interests come close to our training objectives and whose research interests match those of the faculty. We are also looking for students who have had supervised research experience and practical experience (perhaps at a volunteer level) relevant to clinical psychology. Admission to the program is competitive (roughly 1–4% of applicants have been admitted in recent years) so strength in all aspects is beneficial.

Update regarding the Psychology GRE (Effective September 20, 2018). Scores on the Psychology GRE are likely to represent one option to fulfill specific program requirements that are mandated by the American Psychological Association. Therefore, it is likely to be beneficial for applicants to take the Psychology GRE prior to admission into the program, and students who have not taken the Psychology GRE may be asked to take it after they are admitted (or may be able to choose that option as one way to fulfill specific program requirements).

However, the Psychology GRE is not required to apply for admission to the program, and applicants who have not taken the exam will not be penalized during the application process.


Graduate students choose a research mentor who will oversee their progress in research training. Students may sample from a variety of research topics currently represented among the clinical faculty. On the application, applicants are asked to indicate the faculty member with whom they would like to work. The application includes an optional diversity statement. Faculty and current graduate students will review de-identified diversity statements. All graduate student reviewers agree not to attempt to identify applicants and all graduate students and faculty agree to keep application materials confidential. The top applicants will be invited to a virtual interview, which will take place on January 28th, 2022.

The following Clinical faculty will be considering new students for Fall 2022:

  • Joanna Arch
  • Andrew Grotzinger
  • Erik Willcutt
  • Mark Whisman

Financial Aid

Students who submit a complete application for admission to graduate study in psychology will automatically be considered for all university scholarships and fellowships for which they are eligible, as well as for teaching assistantships. In addition, if students complete a financial aid application, they will be considered for other need-based monies. A number of different types of financial aid are administered by the Graduate School. These include University of Colorado fellowships, scholarships, and loans.

Admitted Clinical graduate students receive either a Teaching Assistantship or a Research Assistantship award that pays tuition remission, a monthly stipend of around $1,750 to $2,200 during the academic year, and about 75-90% of the cost of the Student Gold Health Insurance Plan.  Students are required to pay student fees and the remaining health insurance costs.