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Frequently Asked Questions

The PhD program in General Clinical Psychology is designed to be completed in 5-6 years. The last year is a predoctoral internship at an APA-accredited internship.

Yes. You will complete the requirements for a Master's prior to being advanced to doctoral candidacy.

No. We do not consider applications from those who already have their Master's degree in Psychology for the General Clinical concentration, even if applicants are open to re-taking courses.

Yes, if you meet the requirements for admission (e.g., 21 hr. in psychology at the undergraduate level; see admission requirements).

You would start in Year 1 and be required to take all of the course, research, and practicum experiences in the doctoral program. You would be earning another Master’s degree and a PhD in Psychology.

Classes and practicum experiences can run five days a week, and the courses are not online. On some days, your classes will start at 8 a.m. and go until 9 p.m.

In addition to classes, you are expected to be available in the lab and/or for your assistantship duties on campus as well as your practicum on campus and in the local community. Thus, it would be difficult to add in a long commute.

In the General Clinical PhD program, we typically accept 3-4 students each application cycle.

The Graduate Admissions Committee for the PhD in General Clinical Psychology reviews complete applications after December 4th.

Applications will continue to be processed and reviewed up until the cohort is filled, with the last date applications will be accepted being February 15th.

For the PhD Program in General Clinical, we hope to let people know about the first round of interviews sometime in late January. Interviews will take place until the cohort is filled.

We offer competitive full-time (20 hr./week) Graduate Teaching Assistantships each year for a total of 4 years. If you receive one of these, you will be helping with the teaching mission of the department by being a TA for a faculty member or, in later years, being an instructor of a section.

If your faculty research mentor, has a grant, you could be paid as a research assistant (RA) and help conduct the research on the grant.

Currently, we offer to pay some tuition per year to help offset costs for in-state tuition and fees. For the current tuition covered, contact the graduate coordinator. See graduate tuition rates and fees.

For students who are not NC residents, out-of-state tuition remissions are available for the first year.

If you have further questions, please email the Department of Psychology.