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How to Apply to USU Clinical
Psychology Ph.D. Program


Applying to the USU program is a multi-step process that involves gaining acceptance to the USU graduate program as well as gaining an appointment as a naval officer in the Navy Medical Services Corps (MSC). There are additional requirements for current active duty applicants.

All applicants must submit their packages through a Navy Medical Programs Officer recruiter in order to insure that documents required for commissioning purposes are completed. Find a Medical Programs Officer recruiter near you.

The recruiter will help you process your entire application package consisting of the USUHS application and other documents required for commissioning as a naval officer. In addition, application documents required by the university must be submitted directly to the Graduate Education Office at USU (See mailing address below).

APPLY EARLY

Note: You are advised to start application with a Medical Programs Officer recruiter by October or earlier in order to complete the extra requirements of the USU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program by the January 15th deadline.

Required Materials (All Applicants)
  1. Applicants must complete the Graduate Education Office's ONLINE application for Admission to Graduate Study.
  2. A personal statement of goals.
  3. Official transcripts of course work at all universities or colleges attended.
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the academic work or scientific achievements of the applicant.
  5. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (the Advanced Test in Psychology is not required).

    * The minimum GPA is a 3.2. GRE scores (Verbal + Quantitative) of 1100 or greater are preferred. Of students admitted from 1994-1999, the average undergraduate GPA was 3.67 and the average Verbal and Quantitative combined score was 1238.

* The deadline for application is January 15 for consideration for admission to the program the following Fall.

* All required material should be forwarded to the Graduate Education Office by the deadline date:
Graduate Education Office
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

The Interview Process

The student selection process involves active participation of core faculty members and adjunct military faculty. Navy psychologists review prospective applicants' military background and interests to assess aptitude for a career in Navy Clinical Psychology and will conduct their own separate interview. Prior military achievement relevant to successful attainment of program goals and objectives also is evaluated. The final selection process includes formal interview of those students who have been determined to be of acceptable quality and interest from written application information.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by Ms. Corinne Simmons or another member of the department staff. You will be invited to visit USU for an interview with several of the civilian faculty members and the department Senior Military Psychologist. The department DOES NOT FUND any travel or expenses relating to this visit. You are responsible for paying such costs if your unit will not authorize TDY orders payable from unit funds. If you can not attend an on-site interview, you may elect to do a telephone interview.

There are two Navy openings per year for the USU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program.

Additional Application Requirements for Prior-Service/Current Active Duty Applicants

In addition to completing and sending in items #1-5 above, there are several other requirements for those applicants who are already serving on active duty:

Active duty Navy Officers: Submit a Contingent Resignation to accept attendance at USU to the Navy Bureau of Personnel (BUPERS). For additional details about the application process, link to Application Guidelines.

Active duty officers in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard: Submit an Interservice Transfer request through your parent service to the Secretary of the Navy. Requests are subject to the appropriate directives of your respective branch of service. For additional details about the application process, link to Application Guidelines.

Active duty enlisted personnel: Submit a package for a regular commissioning appointment in the Medical Service Corps via your local Navy Medical Programs Officer recruiter. For additional details about the application process, link to Application Guidelines.

APPLY EARLY

Note: Due to the extra steps involved in applying to the USUHS Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their local Medical Programs Officer recruiter by October or earlier to start the application process. Later contact is permitted, but increases the chances of not completing all application requirements by the January 15th deadline.

Contacts

Please address application inquiries to:

Corinne T. Simmons, Email
Program Specialist
Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Science
4301 Jones Bridge Road Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 295-9669
Fax: (301) 295-3034

Please address specific questions about the program to:

Director, Clinical Psychology Program
Michael Feuerstein, Ph.D. Email
Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 295-9677
Fax: (301) 295-3034

Contact

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Room 19107

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DSN: 400.2228

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