What are the basic criteria for admission to the PhD program?
Although we do not use cutoff scores or have strict requirements, competitive applicants typically have:
- GRE scores (V/Q/A/Psych) above the 70th percentile (the Psychology Subject Test is NOT required)
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or above
- Research experience
- At least some exposure or experience with clinical populations
Do I need to take the GRE Psychology Subject Test?
Do I need to take the MCAT?
May I take a psychology course or audit a course if I am not a current student?
If I am not a psychology major, what prerequisite courses should I take?
Will clinical and/or research experience help me as a candidate for entry into your program?
Will I be more competitive if I get a master’s degree before applying to your PhD program?
Not necessarily. A master's degree does not necessarily make you more competitive for our PhD program. A master’s degree, especially a clinically focused degree, will not necessarily compensate for lower undergraduate grades, unless there is a clear and reasonable explanation for lower undergraduate grades. Obtaining a master’s degree may be helpful if it substantially increases your research skills and provides you with opportunities for research productivity (e.g., presentations and publications). Working as a research assistant or research coordinator in a lab of a well-known scientist is another way to gain this experience. A master's degree may also be helpful if you did not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or if you are unsure that doctoral study in clinical psychology is the right path for you.
Does your program accept course credit from a master's or other graduate-level program?
What is the ETS institution code for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine?
What is the ETS department code?
What is the financial aid code for Northwestern University?
What is the program code for the PhD program?
May the referees send their letters of recommendation directly to the program?
Are there formal materials for referees to fill out?
Is it necessary when applying to indicate a research emphasis?
Yes. Applicants are required to identify the research emphasis for which they are applying. There are four:
- Behavioral Medicine (Health Psychology)
- Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience
- Psychopathology & Treatment
Is it necessary when applying to indicate my choice of a research supervisor?
Yes. We are a mentor-based program, and therefore your application will be reviewed by the primary mentors of our research labs. As such, you must identify at least one mentor that has research interests similar to your interests and experiences. The application provides an opportunity for you to state your preferences and demonstrate how well you “fit” with the interests of our primary mentors. Please make certain that the primary mentor you select fits with the research emphasis that you indicated.
Is it necessary when applying to indicate a clinical emphasis?
How many students are accepted into your program each year?
Do you offer scholarships?
Interviews & Meetings
Are interviews conducted via telephone?
Do you offer informational interviews?
Can I schedule a time to talk with the director of the program or one of the faculty members?
Do you conduct campus tours?
Chicago and Evanston Clinical Psychology Programs
Our Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (in Chicago) is differentiated from the Clinical Psychology program at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (in Evanston) in several ways. The Chicago program is a scientist-practitioner program that places an equal emphasis on research and clinical training. Our goal is to prepare students for research and clinical careers in academic medical center and similar healthcare settings (e.g., VA medical centers, research hospitals, large health systems). Read a description of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences program on the Evanston campus.
Clinical psychology doctoral students live off campus. Our campus is centrally located one mile north of the Loop on Chicago’s lakefront, just blocks from the Magnificent Mile. Chicago offers numerous residential neighborhoods within a short commute, either by walking/biking (e.g., Streeterville, Gold Coast, River North) or public transportation and University shuttle bus (e.g., Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Town, Boystown, Wrigleyville). More information about housing can be found on The Graduate School’s website.