Clinical Psychology Requirements - Chicago Campus


At the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, we take great pride that our students represent a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as academic and professional experiences. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and personal maturity, as well as a commitment to service in the larger community.

Evaluation of Applications

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants in a holistic manner, considering the following factors:

  • Prior academic performance & GRE scores
  • Content and clarity of written and verbal communication
  • Strength of recommendation letters
  • Personal and professional presentation throughout the admission process
  • Community service interest and/or experience
  • Research experience
  • Prior sustained professional work experience and/or substantial volunteer experience in a human services field
  • Evidence of integrity, motivation, and personal ethics
  • Motivation and fit with profession and The Chicago School mission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago Campus must meet the following requirements:

  • Submission of all required application materials.
  • Having earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is regionally accredited or an equivalent academic degree from a foreign college or university by the official start of the applicant’s intended term.
  • Present an academic record that demonstrates an ability to fulfill the academic demands of a doctoral program. Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework, earning a grade of “B-” or better prior to matriculation in the program.  An offer may be extended with coursework pending however courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of the intended term and verified through the submission of an official transcript.

Required Courses*
At least 18 credit hours of psychology, including one course in each:

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Lifespan (human development)
  • Statistics
* Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may be considered to meet the requirements listed

Students may also wish to include the following among the 18 credits:

  • Theories of personality
  • Biopsychology
  • Tests and measurements
  • Research methods
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test within the past five years. 
  • Interview with faculty.  Interviews are by invitation only and applicants will be notified by the Office of Admission should an interview be granted.
  • Have demonstrated through written statements and interview the interest in and basic interpersonal skills needed to begin training for professional human service work.
  • Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof they are able to communicate in English at the Graduate level.  Language proficiency must also be evident through writing submitted with the application and in the interview.  Acceptable proof of English ability include:
  • Official TOEFL score report (TOEFL Code: 7161). To be considered for admission, students must submit a minimum score of  79 on the internet-based test  or 550 on the paper-based test
  • Official IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test
  • Completion of ELS course 112
  • Bachelor Degree or Master's Degree from the United States.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. 


A complete application for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago campus, includes the following:

  • Application
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  • Application Fee
  • Essays – Please answer the following two questions in two separate documents (approximately 500 words each)
  1. Many people choose Clinical Psychology as a career because they are interested in helping other people. Please tell us additional reasons, other than helping people, why you would like to be a clinical psychologist. Specifically, indicate why you would like training at the doctoral level rather than at the master’s level.
  2. In your role as a clinical psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae(CV).  Include a brief résumé or CV that describes your professional experience both inside and outside the field of psychology (include current professional activities)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school.  Our school code is 1119.
  • To register for the exam or request scores taken within the past five years, visit or call 1-888-GRE-SCORE.
  • Test scores older than 5 years will not be considered
  • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official copies in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal when they arrive.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service such as or
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant clinical, volunteer or work experience that can assess the potential for academic success at the doctoral level and/or ability to succeed in a human services profession. Letters should either be submitted through our online application system or must arrive in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.  

Application Deadlines
Early Deadline: November 10
General Deadline: March 15
Space Available: Contact Admissions

Applications submitted by the early application deadline and completed prior to November 10th may qualify for an early interview. Applications received after the March 15th deadline will be given consideration if space is available in the program. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at for additional information.

The Clinical Psy.D. program has a rolling admissions process. Students are notified of acceptance shortly after interview. Admitted students must make deposit to retain a spot in the program. Students are required to deposit by April 15th to retain their spot in the program. After April 15th spots may be offered to those on the waiting list.

International Application Requirements