The Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an APA accredited program that is built on the Boulder Scientist/practitioner Model. The program has been accredited since 2007 and has full accreditation through 2019.
The program has two curricular foci that students choose between.
This curricular emphasis was established in 2004. This scientist-practioner model program produces students who become academics, practitioners, trainers and administrators in the emerging focus area of Clinical Geropsychology. The program follows the Pikes Peak Model of Competencies in Geropsychology.
This curricular emphasis is designed to train students who have a particular interest in conducting research and working clinically with traumatized individuals.
The application for the Clinical Psychology PhD with Major Area of Study in Geropsychology and the Clinical Psychology PhD with Major Area of Study in Trauma Psychology is the same.
All application materials are due on the 1st of December for Fall admission. PhD applicant interview day is to be announced.
Application requirements for the Clinical Psychology PhD with Major Area of Study in Geropsychology and the Clinical Psychology PhD with Major Area of Study in Trauma Psychology are as follows:
- Complete the online application and pay the application fee.
- Complete the Additional Graduate Applicant Information Form as part of the online application.
- Obtain four letters of recommendation from professors or employers through the online application.
- Submit a statement describing your interests, background, and reason for applying to our program as part of the online application.
- Submit official transcripts from EACH college or university attended.
- Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test and the GRE Subject Test for Psychology so that official scores are reported before the December 1st application deadline. The Institution Code for UCCS is R4874. The Department Code for Clinical Psychology is 2001. The GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test for Psychology are required of all doctoral applicants. The doctoral application will not be considered until both GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test for Psychology scores are received (in addition to all of the other required application materials). For more information about the GRE, please visit Educational Testing Service (ETS).
- Optionally, you may upload a vita or resume as an attachment in the online application.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is strongly recommended for all applicants. Applicants do not need to submit the original application to the department. Instead, have your results sent to UCCS at school code 004509. Please keep in mind that the FAFSA you will need to complete will not be made available until after the December 1st application deadline.
How to Submit Official Transcripts
For transcripts from outside institutions:
Transcripts can be submitted electronically if the issuing institution is contracted with a secured server. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any application materials that need to be mailed in should be sent to the following address:
Office of Admissions & Records
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733
Applicants should have the following credentials:
1. A BS or BA degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
2. An overall average of 3.0 ("A" is equivalent to 4.0) or above in all undergraduate courses, and 3.5 or better on graduate coursework.
3. Graduate Record Exam scores of at least 1200 cumulative on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, or above the 50th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative sections using the new GRE scoring. The GRE Subject Test for Psychology is also required.
4. An adequate undergraduate program in psychology including college-level mathematics, statistics, experimental psychology, and some background in the biological, physical, and social sciences.
5. Applicants should have career goals consistent with the program emphasis in geropsychology or trauma psychology. Promising students who do not meet all of the requirements may be considered as applicants.
Graduate level courses completed prior to admission may be transferable into the program. Applicants with previous graduate coursework or degree may request a review of their transcript and related materials to determine whether specific courses or thesis requirements may be waived.
Be informed that doctoral training in clinical psychology requires a full-time clinical internship and typically includes community practicum placements in local agencies who partner with us for training opportunities. Many of these institutions require a legal background check to ensure all employees and trainee meet current standards. In addition, licensure boards usually require applicants to report on their legal background. As such, certain types of criminal backgrounds will prevent applicants from being able to complete program requirements or to attain licensure as a psychologist in some states. Please disclose relevant background information accordingly.
The PhD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association through 2019.
*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Although not set as a firm limit (exceptions may arise), a typical Geropsychology cohort will consist of three to five students while a typical Trauma Psychology cohort will consist of two to four students. Students may expect to be funded by research, teaching, or clinical assistantships and fellowships.
There are two forms of housing options available for graduate students:
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