Admissions Statement

The UMass Amherst Clinical Psychology doctoral program strives for diversity in cohorts of students that we invite to join our program.  Accordingly, we adopt a holistic approach when reviewing applications for admission.  We fully consider all aspects of the application, and do not use cut-off scores for GPA or GREs.  We consider research experiences and match between applicant and faculty mentor to be of paramount importance.  And, as noted, other aspects of the application – including personal statement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, GPA, publications, and presentations – are fully considered.  An area of weakness can be offset by strengths in other aspects of the application. We do not post average GPA or GRE scores for students on our website in order to encourage prospective applicants to judge their potential fit with our program based on the overall match rather than solely on these data.