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  • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

    • Bruce Hall, Suite 201
    • tel: 610-499-1206
    • fax: 610-499-4625
  • Lauren Naylor

    • Graduate Admission Support Specialist
    • Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
    • tel: 610-499-4188


Admissions FAQS, Graduate Clinical Psychology

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the admissions process to the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

What is the application deadline?

Applications, including all supporting materials, must be received by December 7. The top candidates are invited to participate in one of four mandatory interview days, which include both an individual interview and informational sessions.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants must have a BA or BS degree from an accredited institution. A major in psychology is desirable but not essential. However, all entering students must have completed the following courses by the time they matriculate in the fall: statistics, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and research design or experimental psychology.  

Evaluation of an applicant's ability to do graduate work will be based on past academic performance and recent high scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All applicants are required to take the GRE or submit scores from within the last five years. Personal character and attributes of emotional maturity and stability, as well as a capacity for relating to and working with other people, are also major factors in reviewing the credentials of applicants. Evidence for these attributes is sought from records of past performance, letters of reference, autobiographical statement, and work history.

If I already have a master’s degree do I still need to take the GRE?

ALL applicants are required to take the GRE in order to be considered for admission.

Only the general GRE is required but the psychology subject test is strongly suggested as well. To schedule an exam time, please contact Educational Testing Service (ETS). The submission code for the GRE is 7826.

If I already have a master’s degree will the program take five years to complete?

Yes. Students may have greater flexibility with electives or placements, but the program of study still requires five years of full-time residency. Students entering the program with a master’s degree may chose to waive matching, masters-level courses with the approval of the instructor (via syllabus review for equivalency). Students can waive one course per semester, but must then take an elective or upper-level course in order to make up for the waived credits. Please be aware that students are responsible for the content from any waived course that may be assessed in our third year qualifying examination.

How do I schedule an individual meeting or sit in on a class?

All applicants who are being considered for admission will be invited to attend a full-day event during which they will meet with faculty members and current students, as well as briefly tour Widener University's Main Campus.  However, due to various logistical complications, including the large number of calls and applications and the frequent discussion of confidential case material in class, it is not possible to honor requests for individual visits. This includes both meetings with faculty members and attendance of a class. Open House events are hosted by the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology throughout the calendar year and interested applicants are encouraged to attend.   

What happens if I am unable to attend my scheduled interview?

An interview is required for admission into our program. If for some reason an applicant is unable to attend his or her scheduled interview, advanced notice is required. Applicants are then put back into the applicant pool and will be considered for another interview day. Please note that there is no guarantee that an applicant will be selected for an interview a second time. 

What materials need to be submitted to complete my application, and where should these materials be sent?

Please visit our admissions page for information about materials needed to complete your application.