Student Admissions, Outcomes, & Other Data

Applicants should also review Psychology's Admissions and Aid page and the Office of Admissions website.

Inquiries and Application Procedure

The policy of the Doctoral Program in Psychology is to consider students who show considerable promise of succeeding in the program. Each applicant's entire application package will be thoroughly examined (including GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, diversity statement, as well as research and clinical experiences). This program is highly competitive and accepts approximately 5 students each year. The program is open to full-time students only. Students cannot attend on a part-time basis. Admission is for the fall semester only. Applications must be received by the Graduate Center Admissions Office by December 1st.

Please note that application requirements (transcripts, recommendation letters, statements) must be submitted to the Graduate Center Office of Admissions (code 2113) - NOT to John Jay College.

All materials must be received by December 1st in order to be considered for admission.

Advanced Standing

After being accepted to the program, transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis by examining, in detail, the course syllabi and other materials for each course for which a transfer of credits is being requested. Students who enter with only a BA/BS degree must complete the entire program of study. Students entering with an MA in psychology can transfer up to 12 credits. However, all of the Program's core courses must be taken as part of the Program and, as a result, students can only transfer in specified courses. Students who are interested in transferring such courses must meet with the DCT and provide a syllabus and a final transcript. The student must have received a grade of B or better in the external graduate course to make it eligible for transfer credit. In addition, a Program faculty member with expertise in the content area independently reviews the syllabus to determine whether the content was appropriate and taught at the doctoral level and then makes a recommendation to the DCT who makes the final decision regarding transfer credit.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Review tuition and financial aid information on the following pages: 

Time to Completion

The Program is fairly new, with the first cohort of students beginning in Fall, 2004. 59 students have graduated between 2010 and 2019 with a mean years to completion of the degree of 6.5. The range of time to completion for current graduates is 5 years to 7 years*.

Clinical Psych @ John Jay Time to Completion

*Times may be different for students who have already completed some graduate work. Transfer credit evaluations will only take place after an admitted student has begun the registration process. For more information, please refer to the admissions page.


A year-long predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is required for the doctorate. The Doctoral Program has an excellent internship record (see following Table).

Clinical Psych @ John Jay Internship Table 1
Clinical Psych @ John Jay Internship Table 2


Attrition is modest, as the following table indicates. Of the 5 students no longer enrolled in the 10 years of the program, four left to pursue alternative careers, and one is deceased.

Clinical Psych @ John Jay Attrition Table


For graduates from 2011-2021, the licensure rate is 90% (45/50). Our graduates have been successful in their acceptance into prestigious clinical and research programs, academic positions, and clinical leadership.  See this document for a list of states in which graduates are eligible for licensure.

Clinical Psych @ John Jay Licensure Table