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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Application Deadline Information

All Applicants

Regular Application Deadline: December 15th

Requirements for All Students

The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program operates on a cohort model, with cohorts beginning in Fall Semesters only. The Ph.D. program considers individual and group interviews and the qualifications and qualities of the entire applicant pool when making final admissions decisions. Applicants must submit complete applications by the December 15th deadline. 

  1. Application Deadline: December 15
  2. Bachelor's Degree from regionally accredited institution
  3. GPA 3.5 minimum
  4. Prerequisites. See list below
  5. GRE General Test
    • 150 minimum GREQ 
    • 300 minimum composite
  6. Official Transcripts from every individual school that ever granted you college credit - even just one credit, and even if it appears as transfer credit on your bachelor's or master's transcripts
    • E-transcripts preferred. Must be addressed to nancy.crane@wheaton.edu
    • Mail hard copies to Nancy Crane, Graduate Admissions, 501 College Av., Wheaton, IL 60187
  7. Application Form
  8. Three Recommendations, which are online forms
    • Academic
    • Pastoral (or other Christian leader)
    • Professional
      • Option if you do not have an employer: Someone with whom you have had a supervisor-employee relationship, e.g., in a ministry, internship, or missions-trip context
    • Letters accepted as supplements to the online forms
  9. Two Essays
    • Personal 
    • Professional
  10. Resume (chronological) or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  11. Research Paper
    • 10 pages minimum
    • Follows APA Style
    • Sole authorship; if from a group project, indicate the section(s) that you wrote
  12. Signed Statement of Faith, Community Covenant, and Statement of Veracity
  13. Personal Interview
  14. Application Processing Fee US $50, non-refundable


Six courses, three semester hours each. All prerequisites must be taken from a psychology department, not, e.g., an education or sociology department. The courses can have different names at other schools.

  1. General Psychology
  2. Abnormal Psychology
  3. Personality Psychology
  4. Research Methods in Psychology or Statistics for Psychology
  5. Physiological Psychology
  6. One Course from the following.
    •  Cognition
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Learning
    • Sensation/Perception
    • Social Psychology

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students, and permanent residents of the US whose native language is not English, are required to take either the TOEFL iBT Test,  IELTS Academic Test, or Duolingo English test with the minimal scores indicated below:

TOEFL iBT Test: 100 with at least 20 in each category

IELTS Academic Test: 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each category

Duolingo English Test: 120

Applicants who wish to waive their English proficiency test, please refer to the English Proficiency page for details.

An International Transcript Verification Report is needed for students who completed degrees outside of the United States.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may be admitted to the Wheaton College Ph.D. program in clinical psychology with prior graduate work. Transfer credit may be applied to the Ph.D. program for specific scientific psychology courses completed in graduate studies (17 credits maximum). These transfers are limited to:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • History & Systems of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychopathology

Additionally, courses earned in graduate biblical and theological studies courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Wheaton College School of Biblical and Theological Studies.

Students with a graduate degree in a field closely allied with clinical psychology (e.g., clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work) will receive an additional scholarship of $10,000 pro-rated over 4 years as recognition of prior training in a related discipline.

Courses with grades lower than B cannot be transferred. Wheaton uses semester credit hours. A quarter hour from other institutions is equivalent to .67 of a semester hour.

Where and how the credit is to be specifically applied in transfer will need to be petitioned and negotiated after matriculation. The sole exception to this will be that transfer credits which may affect first semester course enrollment will be negotiated by correspondence with the chair of the Admissions and Academic Requirements Committee before or during orientation.

No transfer of credit will be granted for previous graduate-practicum or field-placement courses. All transfer of credit requests should be submitted by October 1 of each year.

Program data indicate that the vast majority of students entering the program with transfer credits will complete the Wheaton College Ph.D. program in essentially the same time as students entering the program with a bachelor's degree only.