Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology

Graduate study in the helping professions rooted in psychology and the Catholic tradition.


Admissions Information for M.S. in Clinical Psychology

Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Clinical Psychology

There are two parts to the application process: the application materials and the personal interviews. Interviews are required for the M.S. Clinical Program.

Once the application is complete and approved by the Admission Committee, which is comprised of faculty and appointed by the department chair, applicants are invited to interview.

Admission Process – M.S. in Clinical Psychology Program

The Admission Committee reviews completed applications only, for each applicant seeking admission. For an application to be considered complete, each applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

• Application form with personal statements as instructed on the form (form can be downloaded here, or is available from the Office of Admissions);

• Three (3) letters of recommendation capable of evaluating the applicant’s academic preparedness for graduate work in psychology, philosophy, and theology. Download form here.

• Official transcripts from all institutions attended, each in an official sealed envelope. (International students must submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation from an approved service, or

• GRE scores – General Test Score – taken within the last five years, submitted directly to the Institute from the Educational Testing Service (IPS school code 5639)

• Non-refundable application fee ($55)

• (For those who do not have English as their first language) Test scores of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS), if applicable, submitted directly to IPS by the testing agency (IPS school code 5639).

• For more information about applying as an international student, visit our International Student page.

Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must arrange to have any international transcript(s) translated and a “Course-by-Course” evaluation completed and sent directly to IPS from an approved evaluation service (i.e., or Official transcripts must also be sent directly to IPS from the institution(s).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the forwarding of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended, and to ensure that all required application materials reach the Office of Admissions before the intended deadline(s).

Once all required forms, fees, and documents are received, the Admission Committee will contact all qualified applicants to the M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology to schedule onsite personal interviews.  The applicant is responsible for all personal transportation costs associated with these interviews. Scheduling of interviews is done through the Office of Admissions and must take place by the indicated deadline(s).

Admission Requirements – Master’s Program

Admission to the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, requires that a student submit a completed application and have completed a baccalaureate degree and graduated from a regionally- accredited academic institution with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In considering applicants to the M.S. Program, the faculty Admission Committee overall considers the following factors: cumulative undergraduate GPA and undergraduate record (and graduate GPA if applicable); GRE scores; letters of recommendation; essay answers on the application; interview responses (for the clinical program, and general program if required), clinical suitability (for the clinical program), scholastic aptitude, interpersonal skills, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (where applicable).

Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years. TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 250 on the computer-based (CBT), and 600 on the paper- based (PBT) version. Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, which only make them available for up to two years from the test date.

IPS recommends, but does not require, that applicants complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework in basic psychology content areas (e.g., abnormal, developmental, experimental, physiological, and social psychology, statistics, tests and measures, learning and motivation, or personality theory) prior to entering the program. However, applicants with little or no previous coursework in psychology will be considered for admission. If admitted, such applicants will be required to take additional coursework offered by the Institute during the first year of their program to make up for these deficiencies.

Application Deadlines 

M.S. early admission application deadline December 20
M.S. early admission interview deadline January 31
M.S. application deadline (to be considered for financial aid) March 1
M.S. early admission decision letters mailed February 15
Financial Aid application deadline March 15
M.S. interview deadline (to be considered for financial aid) April 1
M.S. admission decision letters mailed April 15
Financial Aid letters mailed April 15
Deposit due for incoming students May 1
Final M.S. application deadline (space permitting) June 30


Financial Aid deadline: The deadline to apply for financial aid is March 15

  • Submit your IPS application to the Admissions Department
  • Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section of the IPS application (page 3, Section VI)
  • Complete the U.S. Department of Education’s On-Line Entrance Counseling Program
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students wishing to take only a single course-for-credit and students desiring to audit may apply and register as space allows. (See the section on Course-for-Credit and Audit for instructions).

Background Check

Applicants who are admitted and become IPS students should be aware that they will be required to be fingerprinted and to pass a background check prior to beginning work with clients in their external practicum or internships.

International Students

The Institute can accept foreign applicants who are in the United States as dependents of someone in the country on a work visa.  The Institute can also accept students in the country on F-1 and R-1 visas.  International students are required to maintain valid immigration status throughout their stay at the Institute.  In most cases, this requires that the student be enrolled full-time for two consecutive semesters out of every year.  A person whose immigration status is not valid is not considered a current student, and cannot register for classes, participate in the Institute’s activities, or apply for readmission or admission to a degree program.

For any coursework completed outside the United States, please see instructions for the translation and/or evaluation of foreign transcripts.

For more information about applying as an international student, visit our International Student page.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Institute admits qualified students of any age, race, gender, color, nationality or ethnic origin to its programs. Applicants should understand that the central mission of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences is the development of a Christian approach to the psychological sciences. The Institute welcomes qualified students of any religious faith; nonetheless, all students who seek admission must sincerely desire to share the Institute’s mission and objectives. Given its distinct and unique goal of integrating psychology with the Catholic view of the person, the degree programs at the Institute differ from traditional psychology programs in their approach, while maintaining the rigor in both the quantity and quality of clinical training.

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