Clinical Psychology Ph.D. - Admissions 


Application Timeline: 

December 1: Application deadline; entrance for Fall Semester only

February 4: Interviews of finalists conducted by admissions committee

February-April: Applicants are contacted regarding admission status

Please note that offers for admission follow the policies of the Council of Graduate Department of Psychology (COGDOP) and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). Here is a summary of the CUDCP policy.


While many APA programs currently prefer students to apply at the baccalaureate degree level, we welcome students with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. However, students applying with a master’s degree should know that clinical courses do not transfer.


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university 

Minimum GPA of 3.0; 3.5 to be competitive; median GPA 3.89, range 3.05-4.00. Psychology degree preferred but not required.


Prerequisite undergraduate courses

General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Design, Personality, Learning or Cognition, and Psychological Testing. Deficiencies can be completed after admission to the program and prior to the beginning of Fall Semester.


Graduate Record Examinations GRE (the Psychology subject test is not required at this time) 

  • Verbal Reasoning: top 10% (90th percentile) is ideal; top 20% is good, but scores in the top 40% (60th percentile) might be acceptable; median Verbal GRE is 158 (80th percentile); range 143-168 
  • Quantitative Reasoning: top 20% (80th percentile) is ideal; top 40% is good, but scores in the top 60% (40th percentile) might be acceptable; median Quantitative GRE is 157 (68th percentile); range 142-16
  • Analytical Writing: 5 is ideal; 4 is good; 3 might be acceptable. 

These are rough guidelines, and whether or not a particular set of scores is "good enough" for admission all depends on how your scores fit in with the rest of your application and an identified mentor. There are no concrete rules for admission based on scores.


English Proficiency for International Applicants (International Applicants only)

See Graduate Studies website for detailed information and minimum standards of English Proficiency

E3PT: English3 Proficiency Test

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

C2 Proficiency: Cambridge English Proficiency Exam 

Equal Opportunity and Minority Recruitment: 

The University and Program are committed to diversity, respect for all persons, and tolerance of differences. Admissions policies include equal opportunity (see the Equal Opportunity Office for more information) and special encouragement for applicants from minority and other underrepresented groups. We keep our academic admission requirements flexible to accommodate the recognition of diversity, disability, and other particular needs.

Honor Code:

As a church-sponsored university, BYU expects students and faculty to behave in ways that promote a climate supportive of traditional religious ideals. Most behavioral standards are consistent with high expectations of personal decorum found in both religious and non-religious settings. A few are unique to religious settings and to LDS religious settings in particular. Prospective applicants should acquaint themselves thoroughly with these because in some cases a decision to attend BYU might necessitate some changes in conduct. The complete statement is found at the Honor Code Office site. Please note that the University is serious about its honor code, and violations can depending upon severity, result in immediate dismissal. Students should also be aware that the required yearly ecclesiastical endorsement is administered by their authorized ecclesiastical leader and is facilitated and processed by the Honor Code Office. The endorsement can be withdrawn by the ecclesiastical leader if violations become known, resulting in the inability to register or complete the degree. The academic department is not involved in the ecclesiastical endorsement process, but may be involved in allegations of which they become aware (such as plagiarism). Alleged violations of the Honor Code are investigated and processed by the Honor Code Office.


All applications are taken electronically. To apply for any graduate program at BYU, fill out an Online application. If you find it impossible to apply online, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in 105 FPH or by phone at 801-422-4091.

This application requires the following:

Application for Admission, which includes:

  • Personal Information
  • Program Information (Select intended program: Psychology-Clinical Ph.D.)
  • Mentor Information
  • Test Scores
  • Educational Background (Upload unofficial transcripts)
  • Resume/Vita/Employment History
  • Statement of Intent, generally 1-1/2 to 3 pages 

Ecclesiastical Endorsement (This refers to the Honor Code agreement) 

  • Applicants, including current students, must select "Applicant" under the "Student" tab in order to receive the correct endorsement. Current students must have a new endorsement. 

3 Letters of Recommendation (online only)

Official Transcripts (needed only if recommended for admissions to the program)

Application fee of $50

International Students must provide additional documentation (e.g. IERF Credential Evaluation Report, Graduate Studies Form 1-2, Visa Information, English Proficiency Test Scores)


In addition to the application materials listed above, international applicants must submit the following:

  • Financial certification and supporting financial documents (including official English translations if the documents are generated in a language other than English)
  • Certified copies of current U.S. visa status, if applicable (international applicants and dependents only)
  • If admitted, international applicants who are transferring from another U.S. school must submit a transfer letter from their current school verifying that they are eligible for transfer to BYU.