Clinical Child Psychology Program Admissions


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Application Deadline December 1st, 2021

The Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as a training program in the area of Clinical Psychology with a Child Emphasis.* The Clinical Child Psychology Program does not admit students interested in pursuing only a Masters degree. Our admitted students will be eligible to obtain the M.A. en route to the doctoral degree.

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 psychology subject GRE is accepted for non-psychology majors with under 15 hours of psychology credits.

Required Application Materials:

  • Copy of transcripts from all previous universities, schools or colleges attended. For the online application you may upload a scanned version of your official transcript.
     
  • Personal vita or resume. Please include all relevant occupational experience (professional, military, or teaching experience, including assistantships).
     
  • A typed, three-page maximum, statement of professional goals and interests to explain (a) your specific interest in psychology, (b) your professional goals, and (c) why KU CCPP is appropriate for your doctoral training. 
     
  • A diversity 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. 
     
  • Three letters of recommendation from the persons listed on application.
     
  • Please visit English Proficiency Requirements to learn more about our requirements for non-native speakers of English.

Questions? Contact

APA Accreditation

  • *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

  • Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association

  • 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

  • Phone: 202-336-5979 E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

General Info on CCPP Admissions

The Clinical Child Psychology Program seeks to cultivate a scholarly community in which everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected, and to provide training that enhances the diversity, inclusiveness, and representativeness of the profession. This commitment is reflected in our recruitment strategies, our admissions process, and our funding decisions.  Please visit our Diversity Statement to learn more about our mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

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.

Financial aid is available in the form of graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Many of our students are granted these opportunities which provide a variety of financial support, often including tuition and fee waivers, and living stipend for a specified time period.

For current tuition and fee rates at KU, please visit the KU Tuition and Fee Calculator. Please also view our Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data page for statistics on the coverage of our previous and current CCPP students.

If you are a current McNair scholar, you are eligible for a tuition waiver and can mark as such on the application. The waiver will be applied to your application once you have marked your status.

A limited number of KU application fee waivers are available for non-McNair Scholar applicants. These are provided on a first-come first-serve basis, and are not guaranteed due to the limited availability of funds. Please email Lauren Bias if you meet any of the below criteria and would like to request the application fee waiver:

  • Applicants who are both first-generation and income-limited college students,*
    * The term “Income-limited” is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as having a household taxable income for the preceding year of less than 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
  • Applicants who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in higher education (excluding international applicants),
  • Applicants who are active members of the U.S. Armed Forces or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and
  • Applicants who have served for two or more years in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or a similar governmental or NGO service program. 

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. 

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.