Clinical Psychology Joint Doctoral Program – Application Procedures (2023)

(Last updated 9/07/2022)

**IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR 2022-2023 APPLICATION CYCLE**

General and Psychology Subject GREs:The SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program has decided towaive consideration of all scores from the GREs (General and Psychology Subject Test) for the 2022-2023 application cycle (for entry to the doctoral program in Fall 2023). We will not review anyGREscores for admission to the program.

Interviews (February 2023): We will conduct interviews for the 2022-2023 application cycle (for Fall 2023 admissions) online. This decision was made inconsideration of everyone’s health and safety, and in recognition that applicants vary in the resources available to them forinterviewexpenses.

DEADLINE UPDATE: The Supplemental Application Deadline is now due by 9:00AMPacific Standard Time (PST) on December 1, 2022.

Please clickHEREfor aList of Faculty Interested in Taking a Student for Fall 2023. For a comprehensive list of faculty who have appointments to our Clinical Psychology program, please visit our People/Faculty webpage.

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Fall 2023 Application Dates & Deadlines

  • October 8, 2022 (10:00-11:30AM PST): Virtual JDP Information Day PPT
  • December 1, 2022 (9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST): Supplemental Program Application Deadline
  • December 15, 2022: Cal State Apply Application Deadline
  • January 12, 2023: Deadline to Submit Transcripts to SDSU
  • Mid-January 2023: Interview offers extended (Note: You will be notified by email either way)
  • February 13 & 14, 2023: Our two-day ONLINE interview process

Application to our program must be done in TWO Parts:

PLEASE NOTE:The Supplemental Program and the Cal State Apply applications may be filled out concurrently.

NOTE: Please DO NOT send any application materials to UC San Diego at this time. AFTER you are selected for admission to the Joint Doctoral Program you will be required to complete a UC San Diego application. Only those students who are admitted to the program and elect to come need to complete the UC San Diego application process. After formal notification from SDSU, students will receive material from UC San Diego.

Supplemental Program Application (Part 1 of 2):

http://apply.interfolio.com/108925 (available starting October 1, 2022)

DEADLINE: No later by December 1, 2022 at 9:00AM PST (12:00PM EST), submit the Supplemental Program Application to the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology by clicking on the link below.

List of JDP Faculty Interested in Taking a Student for Fall 2023*: https://clinpsyc.sdsu.edu/faculty-interested-in-taking-a-student-for-fall-2023/

*Note: You must select at least one faculty member from this list on your Supplemental Program Application. Many faculty are affiliated with more than one major area of study – Make sure when you apply, you select mentors within your major areas study (e.g. BMed/EP/NP).

COMPLETING THE SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM APPLICATION

The Fall 2023 Supplemental Program Application Tutorial – NOW AVAILABLEby clicking on the picture to the right.

Supplemental Program Application – Required Documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
    • Please limit your statement to no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, 12-point type.
    • In your essay, please state your purpose in deciding to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Describe your scholarly and research areas of interest and your plans for your future profession. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential JDP faculty mentors with whom you would be interested in working during your graduate training. In addition, briefly describe characteristics of your background or training that speak to your likely success in graduate school and in your chosen career path. You do not need to re-state your CV. Instead, highlight the experiences you view as most relevant, formative, or illustrative of your potential and any aspects of your experiences that may not be summarized well on a CV or in a checklist.
    • In addition, we are interested in learning about any challenges or adversities you have overcome during your academic journey. Further, describe any aspects of your personal or professional background that demonstrate your commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Examples include advocacy, community service with diverse populations, and research examining inequities.
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts (for all colleges/universities attended)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (requested through the online Supplemental Program Application)
    • Recommenders may include:
      • Supervisors or managers
      • Professors
      • Colleagues from professional organizations
      • Colleagues from charitable agencies with which you are affiliated
      • No friends or relatives, please
  • Current or Planned Coursework Form (if applicable)

Interested in also applying to the SDSU Psychology Masters Program? You must submit a separate online application to their program:http://www.psychology.sdsu.edu/.

Having Technical Difficulties? For help signing up, accessing your Interfolio account, or submitting your application, please visit the help and support section or get in touch via email at help@interfolio.com or phone at (877) 997-8807.

Program-Related Questions? For any questions about our program or the Supplemental Program Application that cannot be answered on our website, you may contact us at psycjdp@sdsu.edu.

Cal State ApplyApplication (Part 2 of 2):

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate

Application Fee Waivers: Refer to our Admission FAQs page for more information about requesting a fee waiver for the Cal State Apply application.

COMPLETING THE CAL STATE APPLYAPPLICATION

Please follow the steps provided in the Cal State Apply Graduate Application Guide when completing your Cal State Apply application.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are only allowed to select one major per application. Since our Supplemental Program application has an early program application deadline (of December 1 by 9:00AM PST), we recommend selecting our program “Clinical Psychology San Diego Graduate” on your Cal State Apply application. If you wish to apply to additional programs, you can do so by simply completing Supplementary Program Applications for each program.

Supporting Information Section – Our Admissions Committee ONLY reviews information included in the Supplemental Program Application. Therefore, we recommend that you complete this section as follows. NOTE: This only applies to our program.

    • Experiences
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Experiences”
    • Achievements
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Achievements”
    • Documents
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Documents”
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Enter “See Supplemental Program Application”

For questions or help using Cal State Apply, visit theirCal State Apply Applicant Help Center athttps://help.liaisonedu.com/Cal_State_Apply_Applicant_Help_Center

SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS & TEST SCORES

General and Psychology Subject GREs:The SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program has decided towaive consideration of all scores from the GREs (General and Psychology Subject Test) for the 2022-2023 application cycle (for entry to the doctoral program in Fall 2023). We will not review anyGREscores for admission to the program.

TRANSCRIPTS

The deadline to submit transcripts to the SDSU Graduate Admissions is in January 12, 2023.

After you have submitted the Cal State Apply application and received your RedID number, you will need to send official transcripts and test scores to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Sending transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application will result in processing delays. Note: If your transcripts and/or test scores were received by the University Admissions Office before you submitted your Cal State Apply application, you may need to contact the SDSU Student Prospective Center (see below for contact information) once your Cal State Apply application has been submitted so that they can match your files to your application.

You must provide the following:

  • Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) issued within the last year, from all U.S. colleges and universities attended. Students who previously attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for coursework completed since last attendance. Hard copy SDSU transcripts are not required.
    • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation. For country specific requirements, please see the Graduate Admissions website (http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html).
    • Please note that for graduate applications international transcript evaluation is NO LONGER REQUIRED!
  • TOEFL scores are required of all applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English. A minimum score of 80 is required. Scores should be sent directly from ETS using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682.

The above materials should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8225

Electronic Submission of Transcripts:SDSU accepts electronic transcripts whether they are PDF or EDI. Please select San Diego State University from an option menu if available and once San Diego State University is selected you should not alter the delivery information in any way (do not add an email address or an attention line). If a selection menu is not available or San Diego State University is not on the selection menu, then transcriptscan be sent to the following email address: TranscriptsForSDSU@sdsu.edu. This will ensure that the transcript is properly routed to the transcript processing center and loaded to the University’s student information system and document imaging system as quickly as possible. Please keep in mind that electronictranscripts must be transmitted by the institution and not the student. SDSU will not accept transcripts that are e-mailed by the student.

For questions about Cal State Apply or general admission documents (e.g. transcripts, TOEFL scores, etc.), please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at admissions@sdsu.edu. International applicants may contact the International Recruitment Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at intladmission@sdsu.edu.

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