Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Applications deadline: January 15

Four Required Undergraduate Courses in Psychology:
General Psychology (3 credits)
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Research Methods/Statistics (3 credits)
Personality, Social, Cognitive or Developmental Psychology (3 credits

GRE scores are not required for the 2022 admission cycle.

Two letters of recommendation (Email addresses of recommenders must be entered on application).

A personal statement. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement, not to exceed four double-spaced pages, addressing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, their area of clinical and/or research interest and their professional goals.

Resume/CV. Students are required to submit a resume or CV, highlighting their research and clinical experiences, any teaching experiences they have had, and any honors or awards received.

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university** with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 for full admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.

An interview with program faculty. Students meeting the criteria for admission specified above will be invited by the program director for an interview with faculty and students. This interview is a compulsory part of the application process

Note: Students are admitted to the clinical psychology program for the fall semester only. Those wishing to begin graduate work in the fall must have their completed application and all admission credentials submitted to the Graduate School by January 15th.

Application Time Line
Except for the January 15th deadline, the following dates are approximate.
January 15th: Deadline for Towson to receive all application materials.
1st Week of February: Invitations extended to top 40 candidates to attend compulsory interview.
Mid-February to Mid-March: Two weeks of clinical interviews.
April 1: Applicants notified of admission decision.
April 15: Deadline by which admitted applicants must notify Towson of their decision

Profile of a typical applicant subsequently admitted to our program

Each year, the clinical psychology program receives dozens of inquiries about the admission process from potential applicants. The table below summarizes the average GRE scores and undergraduate GPA of students who were admitted to the program.

Year of Admission GRE-V Mean % Rank GRE-Q Mean % Rank Analytic Writing Mean Undergrad GPA Number Matriculated
AY 18-19 154 64 150 39 4.1 3.74 14
AY 17-18 155 68 149 35 4.25 3.66 14
AY 16-17 156 72 151 51 4.42 3.72 13
AY 15-16 156 72 153 60 4.4 3.53 15
AY 14-15 155 72 151 51 4.4 3.70 15
Mean for All Years 155 70 151 47 4.3 3.67 14

Note: There have been no changes in the analytic writing section.

In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate GPA (overall or last 60 credits) of at least 3.0

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. If, in spite of some deficiency in the academic record, we believe an applicant shows promise, we may invite the applicant to campus for an admission interview.

The graduate program in clinical psychology is a small, selective program. We receive 80 to 100 applications each year. Approximately forty of these applicants are invited to campus to interview with faculty and current students. Of these candidates, offers of admission will go out to a maximum of sixteen students.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions