How to Apply

2019-2020 Admissions Cycle

Notice regarding the 2019-20 admissions cycle (for admission fall 2020) for the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program:

Please note that this is an atypical year for our admissions process due in part to recent faculty retirement, existing faculty having full research labs, and two new faculty searches/hires.

We do seek to recruit incoming graduate students who may be eligible for the Indians into Psychology scholar program. These applicants could choose to work under the research mentorship of any faculty member in the department; application materials for these candidates should specify their proposed mentor and describe their research interests in their personal statement and cover letter. Outside of potential InPsych Scholars, our current Clinical Psychology faculty members are not recruiting a student for the current admissions cycle.

Importantly, the Department of Psychology is planning to fill a Tenure Track Clinical Psychology faculty position in the child/family emphasis area and one in the Integrated Behavioral Health/Clinical Health Psychology area (2 positions in total). Because these searches are just underway, the research specializations of these prospective faculty members are not yet known. These persons, once hired, may choose to recruit an incoming graduate student to start Fall 2020. Applicants with an interest in Child Clinical and/or Integrated Behavioral Health/Health Psychology are welcome to apply. Note, however, that the timing of faculty hiring processes will likely mean that review of applications for admissions candidates in these areas would happen late in the application season.

Please feel free to continue to be in touch with our faculty and staff and, most importantly, if your life plans allow, please consider applying next year.

Application Information

The application deadline for the clinical program is December 1.

The clinical faculty reviews applications and calls the top-rated applicants for phone interviews. Following phone interviews, some applicants will be invited to our visiting/interview day, in mid-February. Please note that visiting day is by invitation only. Offers of admission will be made shortly after visiting day.

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program requires of each student a minimum of three full-time academic years of graduate study (or the equivalent thereof) and completion of an internship prior to awarding the doctoral degree. At least two of academic training years (or the equivalent thereof) must be at The University of Montana, and at least one year must be in full-time residence (or the equivalent thereof) at The University of Montana-Missoula campus.

When applying to a Psychology Graduate Program you must complete the following:

  1. Submit a completed graduate school application and pay the application fee. Applications can be found on the Graduate School website .
  2. Submit your GRE general test scores to the University of Montana Graduate School using the school code of 4489. You can find more information about the GREs and sign up to take them at the GRE website. Please note: clinical program Ph.D. applicants, you do not need to take the GRE Psychology Subject Test.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation via the online application. If you opt to have your letter writers submit recommendations electronically you will provide an email address for each on your application and they will, in turn, receive an email with download instructions. Your letter writers may instead choose to send hard copies directly to the department. If that is the case, each letter should arrive in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal. If your recommendation writers choose to use the online system please do not also send duplicate hard copies.
  4. Upload a personal statement to the online application. Please mention the faculty member(s) whose research interests best match your own, and with whom you would like to work. If you opt to include your personal statement via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  5. Upload your Curriculum Vitae to the online application. If you opt to include your CV via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  6. Provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended. Institutions can send them directly to the Psychology Department (see address below) or applicants can send them to the department. Please note that if an applicant chooses to send a transcript it must be official and arrive in the original sealed envelope or it will be considered invalid. If your institution offers an online transmission of transcripts option please have your e-script transmissions sent to If you can only use the National Student Clearinghouse, please select University of Montana as the recipient. For further information or e-script questions:
  7. Applicants may also upload a writing sample to their application, but it is not required.

Mailing Address:

University of Montana
Department of Psychology
Attn: Admissions
Skaggs 143
Missoula, MT 59812

If you have further questions please email or call (406) 243-4522.