Applications are made through the Clinical Child Psychology Program. All completed applicant files are reviewed and incoming students selected by a committee consisting of program faculty and a student representative and chaired by the Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Program. The essential requirements for admission are a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a record of achievement that shows a strong promise of success in the program's course work and activities in research and clinical work. Applicants should have at least 15 hours of college credit in psychology, including statistics and research methodology.

The Program uses a holistic approach to admissions.  Elements for application review include transcripts and grade-point averages (GPAs) from previous educational institutions, three letters of recommendation from professionals who can speak to your readiness for graduate training, and a personal statement describing (a) your specific interest in psychology, (b) your professional goals, and (c) why KU CCPP is appropriate for your doctoral training. This statement should describe your specific interest in one (or more) of the CCPP Core faculty members' research programs. Highly rated applicants will have experience appropriate to their level of training in psychological research and applied interactions with children.  In addition, we ask applicants to submit a statement (max. 500 words) describing (a) your views on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in clinical child psychology, (b) evidence of your contribution to DEI to date, and/or (c) your commitment to DEI in your future career.  Applicants may also submit a writing sample that demonstrates their technical/professional writing skills.  

Beginning with the Fall 2020 admissions review cycle, the Clinical Child Psychology Program will not use GRE scores to evaluate applications.

Financial aid is available in the form of graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Please visit our Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data page for a summary of admission statistics from previous years. A limited number of KU application fee waivers are available for qualified students. Please contact the program if you feel that you might be eligible for this fee waiver.  

The University of Kansas is committed to providing an equal opportunity for all qualified individuals to be considered for employment, benefits and conditions of employment, educational programs and activities, regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. Please contact the program director for more information.

Our application will open in August 2021, and all application materials must be received by December 1st.

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The final deadline is December 1, 2021 for all applications to the CCPP.

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The Program complies with the Kansas Board of Regents policy in which the University of Kansas conducts background checks for felony convictions to facilitate employment decisions that are in the best interest of university students, employees, resources and overall mission statement. These include Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and other employment situations in which graduate students are placed.  Applicants to the KU Clinical Child Psychology may be asked to provide details on any criminal convictions on their records. 



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