Clinical Psychology - Seattle Pacific University

Clinical Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West,

Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2839
Fax: 206-281-2695

Prospective Students: Admissions

Admissions Process

Marston HallThe program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is December 15.

  • Preliminary screening. The admissions committee of the Department of Clinical Psychology (CPY) will conduct a preliminary screening process.
  • Personal interviews. Finalists will be invited to visit campus for personal interviews in late February or early March.
  • Program selection. Admission to the doctoral program depends upon recommendation by the CPY faculty and approval from the chair of the department. About 15 percent of those who apply are offered admissions annually.




ADMISSIONS STATISTICS -  review student demographics

Request information about the Clinical Psychology program from the SPU Graduate Center.


Admissions Requirements


Bachelor's Degree & GPA

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Letters & References

Personal Statement

International Students


Please send all application materials directly to The Graduate Center:

The Graduate Center

Seattle Pacific University

3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 111

Seattle, Washington 98119-1922

(206) 281-2091

(800) 601-0603 toll-free

Bachelor’s Degree & GPA

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  • An undergraduate major in psychology is preferable. At minimum, psychology courses should include statistics, as well as at least five other courses from among the following:
    • Abnormal
    • Developmental
    • Experimental
    • Physiological
    • Social
    • Learning
    • Motivation
    • Personality
    • Cognitive
    • Tests and measurements
  • Applicants with bachelor’s degrees not in psychology may wish to take the Psychology Subject Test of the GRE to demonstrate adequate knowledge of general psychology.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

We require the GRE.

  • We prefer a score of 1100 or better for the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the older GRE test. We prefer a score of 300 or better on the new GRE test. To see average scores for students admitted to the program visit our admission statistics page.
  • The test must have been administered within five years of the deadline date for application to the program.
  • The Psychology Subject Test of the GRE (PGRE) is not required, but may be advantageous for applicants without a bachelor's degree in psychology.
  • SPU's GRE institution code is 4694

Letters & References

Applicants will submit three letters of recommendation:

  • 3 academic references (from a current/former professor or instructor)
  • or, substitute for 1 academic reference:
  • 1 professional reference from a person in a related field (e.g., clinical supervisor)

Note: We prefer references written on academic or professional letterhead, or on our standard forms (PDF). Sealed letters may be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office (see address above), or sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office from the reference.


Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a typed personal statement.

  • Statements should be 3-4 pages in length.
  • Address career objectives, your rationale for seeking a degree in clinical psychology, and why you choose to attend SPU.
  • Mention your professional and personal strengths as they apply to clinical psychology, related work experiences, research interests, personal values, religious ideals, and other information you deem appropriate.  Also look at our clinical psychology faculty and mention one or two faculty members who you would like to work with and who best match your research interests.

Note: Preference is shown to those applicants who possess potential for both clinical and scientific work, as demonstrated by prior work or volunteer experiences.

International Students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language

  • Must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Must obtain a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.

Statement of Financial Support (non-U.S. citizens). Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit a completed Declaration of International Student Finances form and a current bank statement. This is necessary in order to issue paperwork for an I-20 immigration form. The documentation must be included with your application.

Transfer of Credit

Any transfer of credit is done by petition process after formal admission to the program, during the first quarter of graduate study at SPU.  Students must submit previous coursework syllabi with the petition for faculty to consider in granting the transfer of credit.