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Application Components


Application Components

1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

All previous transcripts are required, whether or not they include psychology courses. Unofficial versions are fine at time of application. Upon acceptance, official versions are required. 

2. General GRE and (subject) Psychology GRE.

For specific details regarding the GRE exams please visit our FAQ page. (

3. Resume/CV

4. Personal Statement.

In your application statement, please discuss your past education and experience, academic and professional plans, and reasons for wishing to undertake graduate work. Include some details about intended specialization in your field, your preparation for the specialization, and anything else you consider important for an assessment of your abilities. Please also be sure to convey who you are as a person, not just your academic qualifications. 

5. Supplemental essay: Diversity Statement.

The City College Clinical Psychology PhD program seeks a cohort of students that embodies diversity in its many forms and is committed to providing excellent clinical care to underserved populations. To this end, please submit a brief statement (maximum of 250 words) describing how your personal and/or professional characteristics, experiences, and interests will advance your program's deep commitment to diversity and social justice. You are invited to address whichever aspects of diversity or difference that are most meaningful to you.

6. Two (at minimum) Recommendation Letters.

Who should I have write my letters of recommendation? We require at least two letters of recommendation. We have no requirements as far as who writes your recommendation letters; in general, it is a good idea to include at least one from a professor (to vouch for your academic work and ability) and one from an employer or supervisor - someone who can speak to your research and clinical work and ability. It is important to ask people who can speak of you with real knowledge of your abilities and personal qualities (rather than "he/she was one of 200 undergraduates in my lecture course. He/she did very well with a grade of A in the course...) You can include more than two letters. (

7. Writing Sample (optional)