High Tech with a Human Touch
School of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the entrance requirements?
A: See the Admissions page for info and requirements.
Q: I do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology, can I still apply?
A: Although an undergraduate degree in psychology is not required, the applicant who does not have either a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology must have at least 18 credit hours of psychology, including courses in statistics, personality theory, abnormal psychology, learning, physiological psychology, and social psychology. However, the applicant should realize that these are minimal requirements and that the great majority of applicants chosen for admission do have either a bachelor's degree or master's degree in psychology.
Q: Do I have to take the GRE Subject Test?
A: The GRE Subject Test is recommended. All application materials need to be completed and submitted by January 15th. Note that the GRE Subject Test is only offered three times a year: November, December and April. Please plan to take the GRE early enough to allow test results to be reported in a timely manner. Results may take up to six weeks to be reported by the Educational Testing Service .
Q: What are the chances of being accepted?
A: Each year, we receive approximately 100-150 applicants for review. We aim for an incoming class of 20 and in order to reach that, we typically offer admissions to approximately 40 students.
Q: What does the school look for in selecting students?
A: Admission sub-committees evaluate all applicants across each of these major areas:
- Academic capabilities, as measured by undergraduate and graduate GPAs and the General and Psychology Subject tests of the GREs. For post-baccalaureate students, the undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.00. For post-master's students, the graduate GPA must be at least 3.20. The data for the incoming class 2012-2013 is as follows: GRE Verbal/Quantitative combined mean 1164, GRE Psychology Subject mean 656, mean Undergraduate GPA 3.57, mean Graduate GPA 3.91.
- Clinical experience/commitment to the profession of clinical psychology, determined by work-related experience and identification with the field, as presented in vita and statement of objectives.
- Emotional stability, determined from letters of recommendation.
Q: What financial support is available?
A: Some assistantships are available, which involve a stipend or partial tuition remission. Student loans are available and many of our students work part time (no more than 10 hours per week). Some of our advanced practicum sites are paid sites.
Q: Can I attend school part time?
A: No. Our program requires 11 semesters of full-time residency.
Q: If I already have a Master’s Degree, or graduate coursework, can I get transfer credit?
A: Students with master's degrees in psychology, or graduate-level psychology coursework, may receive up to 18 transfer credits to be applied for exemption from elective courses. However, all required clinical courses must be taken at Florida Tech and therefore cannot be transferred.