Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Psychology - Clinical Concentration (M.A.)

Application Deadline

Students are admitted to the Psychology - Clinical Concentration (M.A.) for the fall term only.

  • Final Deadline: Jan. 15

Admission Criteria

  • No GRE scores are required. 
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. GPA calculations may be based upon the cumulative units or the last 60 units of the degree. See graduate admissions policies for more information and exceptions.


  • Four undergraduate courses in psychology are required and must be completed with a “B” or better, except general psychology:
    • General Psychology (3 credits)
    • Psychopathology (formerly "Abnormal" Psychology) (3 credits)
    • Research Methods or Statistics (3 credits)
    • Personality, Social, Cognitive or Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Interview with program faculty. The most competitive applicants will be invited by the program director for an interview with faculty and students. This interview is a compulsory part of the application process.

Application Requirements

Submit anonline application, application fee and official transcripts, along with:

  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from experiential placements/internships/fieldwork and from academic sources (e.g., professors) are preferred. Please do not send personal reference letters (e.g., letters from parents, friends, family, employers/supervisors from a non-psychology related job, etc.) Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit with their applications a personal statement (no longer than three pages, double-spaced) indicating why they are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology, their area of clinical and/or research interests, and their professional goals. As described on our website, we have two training options within the clinical psychology master’s program: the practitioner option and the researcher option. Please indicate which option you wish to pursue; if you choose the researcher option, please browse the list of faculty in the psychology department and indicate at least 1-3 specific faculty members with whom you would be interested in working and why you are interested in working with them. Also, students should include in their statement a discussion of what they see as their greatest strength and weakness as an aspiring graduate student in clinical psychology.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Students are required to submit a CV, highlighting their research and clinical experiences, any teaching experiences they have had, and any honors or awards received.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

U.S. Immigration requires F1 and J1 students to be enrolled full-time with the majority of their classes taken in-person and on campus. For a list of TU programs that comply as well as information on required credential evaluations and English-language proficiency, please see admission requirements for international students.

Application Timeline

The graduate program in clinical psychology is a small, selective program. We receive 80 to 100 applications each year. Those students who meet the initial screening criteria will subsequently be evaluated based upon the strengths and other relevant information they present in their application portfolio. 

Except for the above mentioned January 15 deadline, the following dates are approximate:

  • 1st Week of February: Invitations extended to top 40 candidates to attend compulsory interview.
  • Mid-February to Early-March: Clinical interviews.
  • Mid-March: Applicants notified of admission decision.
  • April 15: Deadline by which admitted applicants must notify Towson University of their decision.