Application Procedures for the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

Diversifying Clinical Psychology Virtual Event

This event is Wednesday October 11 from 6:30-8pm CST and is for prospective applicants who identify with backgrounds historically underrepresented in Clinical Psychology, which may include Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, those from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation college students. Please see this flyer to register by October 4.

Admissions and Interviews

Applications to the Clinical Ph.D. Program are due on December 1. If you are interested in the program and have questions, you should contact faculty whose work looks like the best match for you, or contact the UWM Psychology Department at Typically, applications will be reviewed in late December to early January and about 25 – 30 applicants will be invited for the interview day. Interview day will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024, and will be conducted virtually. For those admitted to the program we can discuss arrangements to visit UWM and Milwaukee in person after the interview day if you would like to do so. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are not able to interview all applicants or to schedule interviews before that time. Following our evaluation, applicants who are no longer being considered will be notified as soon as possible. However, we maintain a secondary list of another 20 to 25 applicants who remain under consideration in case we determine that additional applicants should be interviewed. These applicants will be notified once our final acceptances have been received and they are no longer in consideration.

In the review of applications, the Clinical Psychology Admissions Committee considers your experiences and potential by reviewing all aspects of your application. We pay particular attention to the match between student and faculty research mentor interests and program philosophy. Therefore, research experience, clinical experience, personal statement and letters of recommendation are critical components in admissions decisions. We do not require GRE scores and will NOT consider them in our admissions decision. Please do not send us your scores! We consider your GPA, but we do not have formal cutoff scores for the GPA. We value diverse backgrounds and experience with diverse populations. Click on the following link to view statistics about our incoming classes from the last five years.

PDF Document Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Applying to the Program

To apply to the UWM Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, please follow the link below to read the Departmental Graduate Admissions brochure and to access the online application system.

Information Sessions and Application Fee Waiver

Prospective applicants to our graduate programs are encouraged to attend the UWM Graduate School All-Programs Virtual Information Session (10/26/23 from 6-8pm CST) and/or the 10th Annual Graduate School In-Person Open House (11/9/23 from 5-7pm CST). For more information about the Virtual Information Session, please click here: For more information about the In-Person Open House, please click here: 

Prospective applicants who attend the In-Person Open House on 11/9/23 can have their application fee waived, so long as they apply between August 15, 2023-March 31, 2024. Additional information about the application fee waiver can be found here: No fee waiver is provided for attending the Virtual Information Session.

Graduate Application Procedures

The UWM Graduate School also offers a limited number of application fee grants for applicants who have completed or are currently completing eligible graduate school preparation programs. The full list of eligible programs, and instructions for obtaining a fee grant, can be found here:

Please also read: Important information for prospective Clinical Psychology applicants