Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs offer a tailored experience with coursework and research options to accommodate students with varied interests and professional goals.

UMKC is in the process of an academic realignment which involves a merger of the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Program and the Clinical Psychology program. During this process the Psychology Department has suspended admissions for Fall 2022. We anticipate admitting students the following year (to start Fall 2023). Please watch this space for updates.

Options for Doctoral Study

We offer a Ph.D. in Psychology with two options.

Both options have a strong research emphasis and are based on a mentorship model in which an incoming student is paired with a faculty member with shared interests. Our faculty serve as research mentors to students in either option – provided there is a strong alignment between the student’s research interests and the faculty member’s areas of expertise.

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

Application deadline - December 15, 2022 for Fall 2023 Admission

Interviews - We will schedule applicant interviews for February or March 2023.

Acceptance date - Although applicants who are offered admission have until April 15 — unless the date falls on a weekend — to either accept or reject our offer, applicants are strongly encouraged to notify us of their decision as soon as possible.

Program start date - Newly accepted students begin their coursework in the program in the Fall semester only.

Clinical Psychology

GRE scores (general and psychology subject) are not required, and scores will not be considered as part of the application review process. We employ a holistic review process that includes fit with faculty interests, the personal statement, grades, research and clinical experience, and reference letters.

All students who are admitted to the program are required to complete clinical practica and an internship, and that some practicum and internship sites may require criminal and other background checks before allowing students to participate.

Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences

GRE scores (general or psychology subject) are not required, but applicants may choose to include them. We do not have a minimum GRE score required for admission, and we evaluate scores as part of a holistic review process that includes fit with faculty interests, the personal statement, grades, research experience, reference letters and test scores.

Iinterviews are an opportunity for program faculty to meet and talk with applicants. They also provide  applicants the opportunity to meet faculty and current students. 

Interview timeline

  1. We review applications
  2. We invite the top applicants to interview in February or March
  3. We send offers of admission. The admissions process extends to April 15, and it may take the full admissions period to make decisions and notify applicants. We ask that you do not inquire about the status of your application unless you have not heard from us by April 16.

The university notifies applicants by email. If your contact information changes during the admissions process, notify the department immediately.