Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The following provides prospective applicants information about several key aspects of the Clinical Psychology Areas at the University of Notre Dame. The information also includes the disclosure data for both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. 

The Clinical Psychology Area recently was accredited by APA (effective April 15, 2011), and has replaced the Counseling Psychology Area at Notre Dame (which had been accredited continuously by the APA since 1972). The information provided herein is based solely upon students formally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Area.

1. Applications and Admissions Information

Applications for Academic Year 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Number of Applicants 15* 51 76 280 181 194 151 168 166
Number of Admission Offers 15* 8 4 7 8 9 9 10 7
Number of Minority Applicants Accepted 4 2 1 0 1 0 3 5 5
Number of Majority Applicants Enrolled 4 2 2 0 1 0 3 2 0
Class Size 15 8 4 4 6 3 6 5 4
Number/% Full Funded 15/100% 8/100% 4/100% 4/100% 6/100% 3/100% 6/100% 5/100% 4/100%
GRE-Verbal Mean/Median 560/555 614/630 628/645 628/645 161/162 165/165 164/166 161/161 156/161
GRE-Quantitative Mean/Median 687/700 725/720 683/690 683/690 159.8/160 157/160 160/160 157/157 154/158
GRE-Analytic Writing Mean/Median 4.5/4.5 5.0/5.25 4.75/4.75 4.75/4.75 4.91/4.75 4.0/4.0 4.91/5.0 4.5/4.5 4.5/4.0
Undergraduate GPA Mean/Median 3.70/3.94 3.61/3.69 3.60/3.75 3.60/3.75 3.64/3.66 3.80/3.76 3.78/3.83 3.73/3.81 3.58/3.74

*Twelve of these students were in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Area at Notre Dame and applied for admissions to the newly established Clinical Psychology Area (which at that point in time did not have APA-accreditation status).  For the purpose of generating other information in these tables, we preserved the original Counseling Area matriculation dates for these students. This provides a more accurate picture of actual cohort sizes and of each cohort’s progression (rather than tracking this initial group of students as if they all began in 2009).

2009-2010 through 2011-2012 GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores use the old scaling; 2012-2013 GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores use percentiles because applicants submitted a mix of old and new scaled scores; from 2013-2014 on, GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores use the new scaling.

2. Time to Completion

Time to completion for all students entering the program
Outcome 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 0 0 6 2 0 3 1 5 3 3 23
Mean number of years to complete the program 0 0 6.33 6 0 5.67 6 6.6 6 6.3 6.21
Median number of years to complete the program 0 0 6.5 6 0 6 6 6 6 6 6
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 1 17 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 3 13
Students in 6 years 0 0 0 0 2 33 0 0 0 0 1 33 1 100 3 60 1 33 2 67 10 44
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 3 50 1 50 0 0 1 33 0 0 1 20 1 33 1 33 8 35
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 0 0 1 4

The DCT, in consultation with relevant faculty as appropriate, will make a recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to accept or not to accept each petitioned course and, if applicable, the MA thesis for transfer.  Coursework and, if applicable, the MA thesis that is approved by the DGS may then be submitted to the Graduate College for final approval.  The number of years to complete the program may be reduced due to transfer of prior graduate coursework and/or the MA thesis by up to a maximum of 1 year.  However, students are guaranteed 5 years of funding, regardless of the amount of prior graduate coursework, and most students who receive transfer credit nonetheless choose to stay for the full 5 years to provide them with ample opportunity to increase their research publications and thus increase their competitiveness for research postdoctoral fellowships or the academic job market upon graduation, and also to accrue sufficient practicum hours to be competitive for the clinical-internship match process.Students who enter the program with prior graduate work in psychology may petition for transfer credit for this work.  Those who have completed a master's degree in psychology may petition to transfer up to 24 credit hours, including the MA thesis; otherwise, the transfer limit is 9 credit hours.  To petition for transfer credit,  students first must submit to the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) their graduate transcript(s), and the syllabi, including reading lists, for all courses for which they are petitioning to transfer credit, indicating which clinical-area course requirement each previously completed course would fulfill.  To petition for transfer credit for the MA thesis, the student must submit a copy of the thesis to the DCT.  Prior to submitting a petition for transfer credit, students are encouraged to work with their research advisor and/or the DCT to determine the best "match" between their prior graduate coursework and the clinical-area course requirements.  For all materials, electronic copies are preferred.  

3. Program Costs

Description 2018-2019 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $ 52,746.00
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-sate) $ 52,746.00
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students $ 2,930.00
University/institution fees or costs $ 472.00
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $ 2,222.00

Stipends for incoming students for the 2016-17 academic year began at $21,000 depending upon the particular funding mechanism awarded. All students admitted to the clinical-psychology area receive full financial support for a minimum of 5 years.  Financial support includes full tuition remission waiver and a monthly stipend.  Stipends are provided through several mechanisms, including graduate teaching fellowships, graduate research assistantships, as well as competitive University fellowships and competitive national fellowships.  In addition, students may apply for a variety of departmental and university opportunities to support their research and professional travel expenses. 

4. Internship

Internship Placement-Table 1

Year Applied for Internship
Outcome 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 0 0 2 100 4 80 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 0 0 2 100 5 100 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 0 - 2 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 4 -

Internship Placement-Table 2

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Outcome N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 0 0 2 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 4 -
Students who obtained paid internships 0 0 2 100 5 100 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

5. Attrition

Year of First Enrollment
Variable 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e., new students) 0 - 15 - 8 - 4 - 4 - 6 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 4 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 0 - 13 87 6 75 3 75 2 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 - 0 0 1 13 0 0 0 0 4 67 3 100 6 100 5 100 4 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 0 - 2 13 1 13 1 25 2 50 2 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Twelve of the students in the 2009-10 cohort were in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Area at Notre Dame and applied for admissions to the newly established Clinical Psychology Area (which at that point in time did not have APA-accreditation status). Thus, they are included in this table because they graduated from our newly APA-accredited program. 

6. Licensure

Outcome 2008-2018
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 17
The number of these  graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 13
Licensure percentage 76%

Please note that although the time window for this table is the past 10 years, 2010-2011 was the first year that our newly accredited clinical program graduated students.