Admissions

Clinical psychology applicant mentor. This mentor, who is a current graduate student in our program, may be contacted if prospective applicants have questions about what our program is like from a student perspective. This mentor can also help answer questions about the application process. Currently Ms. Nicole Del Rosario is our student mentor and can be contacted by email at Delrosan@myumanitoba.ca .


Application for admission steps and deadlines. A summary of the steps in the admissions process can be found on p. 4 of the Graduate Study in Psychology ‘brochure’. Key points to note are that while the deadline for applications is December 15. Regarding the Subject test of the GRE, although the psychology department does not require students to take the GRE subject test, applicants to the clinical program may nonetheless wish to consider doing so. Clinical students who have taken the Subject test may use scores on relevant subtests of the Subject test to waive certain course requirements in the clinical program.


Find a potential advisor. In addition to the general admission requirements outlined in the Graduate Study in Psychology brochure, it is important to note that clinical students can be admitted and advised by faculty members in any area of our department, including individuals with adjunct appointments to the Department of Psychology. However, core members of the clinical area have priority over non-clinical members of our department and adjuncts concerning admissions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact, prior to applying, potential advisors to determine whether they will be admitting new students. The match of research interests between advisor and student is a critical aspect of the admission process

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Diversity. The Clinical Psychology Training Program welcomes applications from all students and wishes to encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ (https://ok2bme.ca), BIPOC (black, Indigenous, & people of color), and those with disabilities. We invite (but do not require) applicants to indicate whether they belong to any of these groups in their letter of intent. Students who declare Indigenous status on their application, and are academically qualified, will be given priority for admission. The purpose of this policy is to encourage the training of well-qualified Indigenous students who can meet the mental health needs of Indigenous communities.


Review of applications and creation of shortlist for professional suitability interviews. Each year, new admissions to the Program are determined by Clinical Psychology Training Program faculty in accordance with policies of the Department of Psychology. Applications are reviewed by the Clinical Admissions Committee, which consists of the Director of Clinical Training and other clinical faculty members. The Clinical Admissions Committee initially reviews all applicants based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and assigns each applicant up to a maximum of 70 points at this first stage of the admission process. During the second stage of the admissions process the Clinical Admissions Committee then assigns up to a maximum of 30 additional points based on letters of recommendation, and the congruence of student and faculty interests. Applicants with enough points to be within the range of admission will also be contacted for an interview to assess their suitability for being admitted to a professional training program. This interview can be in-person, by telephone, or via a video link online. Applicants who are deemed suitable for admission, and who have the highest number of points from both stages of the admissions process, are then offered admission or wait-listed for admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program.


Admission statistics and procedures. Admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program is highly competitive (see admissions data below). There are usually 40-70 applicants for an average of 6-8 new admissions per year. Successful applicants usually come from the top 10 to 20 students in our two-stage ranking process. Information about newly admitted students’ GPA and GRE scores can be found on the “Clinical Program Statistics” link on the Clinical Psychology homepage. Students admitted to our program typically have GPAs above 4.0 (on a 4.5 scale) in their last 20 full courses (or their equivalent), GRE scores well above the 50th percentile, and strong letters of recommendation. The Program shares our profession's commitment not to discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, sex, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability. Applications for admission are considered only during the regular January admissions period. Students offered admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program will receive a letter of offer from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Following receipt of the offer, all students must indicate in writing their acceptance of the offer to the Psychology Graduate Office by no later than April 15. Acceptance is provisional until students have submitted a Criminal Record Check, Adult Abuse Registry and Child Abuse Registry Check deemed to be satisfactory by the Head (or designate) in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. These checks must be submitted to the Psychology Graduate Office following admission and prior to registration in the Clinical Program. Although we are a doctoral training program and it is generally expected that MA students will normally transition to the PhD program, internal MA students transitioning from the MA program to the PhD program must formally apply for admission to the PhD program by May 1 for September admission and October 1 for January admission to the PhD program.


Demographic composition and outcomes of student body. Our current students are a heterogeneous group of individuals from across Canada and a number of foreign countries. They range in age from their early twenties into their forties. Once admitted, over 90% of all clinical students successfully complete their Ph.D. degree at the University of Manitoba.