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 headed by the Clinical Child Psychology Training Director. 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 credit in psychology, including statistics and research methodology. The application process is highly competitive. All application materials must be received by December 1st.
Highly rated applicants will have some forms of relative experience appropriate to their level in psychological research and applied interactions with children. Admissions criteria include transcripts and grade-point averages from previous educational institutions, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical, and, for students who did not major in psychology, the Advanced Test in Psychology), a personal statement describing your special interest in psychology, your professional goals, and why KU CCPP is appropriate for your doctoral training with an indication of interest in one or more faculty member's research team (individual faculty do not make admission decisions; the faculty reach consensus on admissions), and three letters of recommendation. Financial aid is available. Click on Student Data for a summary of admission statistics from previous years. Click here for information on what all applicants need to know.
The University of Kansas is committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, age, or veteran status. The program participates in an affirmative action program to encourage minority student application, admission, and successful completion of the program. Contact the program director for more information.
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The final deadline is December 1st for All Applications to the CCPP.
Students should be aware that felony convictions will make it difficult to complete the training experiences (i.e., external practicum, internship) required for the Ph.D. If you are unable to obtain and complete these required experiences, you will not be able to complete your program of study and graduate. In addition, be aware that you may not be eligible for licensure by many states. For example, the Kansas licensure board requires that applicants have "good moral character and merit public trust" and asks "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor other than a traffic violation? If "yes", attach an explanation and give specific details, including disposition of the charge." Thus, it is also possible that future employment would be limited.
Applicants to the KU graduate program may be asked to provide details on any criminal convictions.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. Approved by CCPP Faculty: 2-9-09