Admission to the Medical/Clinical Psychology Program is highly competitive. Our aim is to admit 6-10 new students each year.

Students are admitted only to begin in the fall semester, for full-time study, and for completion of the doctoral degree. (A master’s degree is earned along the way to the doctorate if students do not already have a master’s degree in Psychology).

Application Process

The deadline for all application material to be submitted to the Graduate School is November 30. The online application can be accessed via Apply Online or by going to: All materials and scores are submitted directly to the Graduate School. 

To receive full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials in addition to the application form:
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted electronically)
  • Official transcripts indicating all undergraduate and any graduate course work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores, including verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing scores
  • A curriculum vitae.

The GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended for those applicants who lack an undergraduate or graduate degree in Psychology.  This test is administered a limited number of times each year. Consult the ETS website for further details.

In their personal statements, submitted as part of the application form, applicants are encouraged to identify a research area that the applicant would like to pursue at UAB and at least one member of our faculty with whom the student would be interested in working on research.

Review Process

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to identify approximately 20-25 applicants who are invited for on-site interviews. In 2017 these interviews will be held on February 5th-6th. The Committee considers the following factors in selecting individuals to interview:
  • Overall academic credentials. Average grades and GRE scores of students entering our program are given here.
  • Background in psychology as indicated by courses completed, grades received, and scores on the GRE Subject Test (if submitted).
  • Behavioral science research experience.
  • Course work in natural and life sciences, statistics, and mathematics.
  • Research interests and career goals that align with faculty interests and program goals.
  • UAB's and our program's commitment to diversity of its students and equity in educational opportunity.

Initial offers of admission are made within a few days of the interview and continue until the incoming class is filled.

Consistent with evolving standards for professional licensure and to help ensure the safety of patients and research participants, admitted students will be required to undergo a criminal background check. The program evaluates any findings from this process on a case-by-case basis. Applicants invited to interview who have concerns about what such a background check might reveal are encouraged to discuss those concerns with the Program Director prior to accepting the interview offer.