Admission Criteria & Prerequisites For Study in Clinical Psychology

Admission to the clinical program is competitive. Each year there are many more applicants than positions available. To select among the many applicants, the admissions committee focuses upon the following indicators of successful graduate study:

  1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA)--overall GPA and psychology GPA are considered individually: students with a GPA of 3.0 or above will be most competitive for admission to the program.
  2. Three letters of reference--particularly from psychology faculty who can evaluate prior academic performance.
  3. Experience conducting research in psychology or another discipline.
  4. Work or volunteer experience related to human services.
  5. Evidence of accomplishment in other areas.
  6.  Please see the “application” tab for information regarding the program’s policy regarding the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

We do admit students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than psychology. If this occurs, we prefer that the student has completed the following prerequisite courses prior to beginning graduate study. If these courses have not been completed prior to beginning graduate work here at MSU, a student can still be admitted; however, the student must take any uncompleted prerequisites in addition to completing the regular clinical program curriculum. Therefore, it is usually in the best interest of the student to have these courses completed prior to beginning our program.

  • Basic Statistics
  • Biopsychology
  • History of Psychology
  • Child Psychology or Life Span Development
  • Personality Theories
  • Abnormal Psychology

Because it is understood that most students with a B.A. or B.S. in psychology have completed the courses listed above, prerequisite information only applies to those with an undergraduate degree in something other than psychology

Additionally, applicants should have attained competency in Algebra and have some familiarity with personal computers such as the Macintosh or IBM systems. Students may make up deficiencies in the summer before beginning their program and/or during the first semester of their program. For the Minnesota State University, Mankato summer offerings, contact the Psychology Department.

Profile of Recently Enrolled Students:

Graduate Record Exam Scores (Verbal + Quantitative):

  • Range: 295-325
  • Mean: 308

Undergraduate G.P.A. Overall Psychology:

  • Overall: Range 4.0 - 3.0, Mean 3.5
  • Psychology: Range 4.0 - 3.3, Mean 3.7