Apply to the Program

Thank you for considering SJSU's MS in Clinical Psychology graduate program. Please fully review the program website to be sure this is the right graduate program for you. 

The application cycle opens on October 1, and the deadline to apply to the program is February 1 to begin in Fall of that year (no Spring or early admissions).

You will use CalStateApply for the application process. Here is the key information about your application

GPA calculations Statement of intent
Letters of recommendation Application timeline

 Note that we do NOT require GRE scores for our program application. 


GPA Calculation 

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Psychology courses AND a 3.0 for the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of undergraduate coursework is required for admission.

You MUST include a PDF of BOTH your Psychology GPA and Last 60/90 units calculations with your application using CalStateApply.

Psychology coursework GPA

You are required to provide your GPA calculations for all of your psychology courses using the Psychology GPA Calculator worksheet to calculate your Psychology GPA. (Do NOT enter Credit/No Credit courses on this sheet). Be sure to put this GPA on your application. 

NOTE: You MUST have completed a minimum of 10 semester courses in psychology including the required 6 perquisite courses. For details, see the information for prospective students. Completed and in progress courses must be shown on your Psychology GPA calculation worksheet.

Last 60/90 units GPA

You are also required to provide your GPA calculations for all for your last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units using the Last 60/90 GPA Calculator worksheet to calculate your your GPA. Be sure to put this GPA on your application. 

You can mix quarter and semester units on the same sheet, but you must show 60  Semester Weighted Units at the bottom of the calculation table. Do NOT include any credit/no credit courses in the calculation. 

Remember, that we only consider those applicants with a GPA in both areas of 3.0 or higher.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required to apply to the MS Clinical Psychology program at SJSU. You will complete the letter of recommendation process on CalStateApply. This year, your recommender will be sent a link to complete a form that will serve as your letter of recommendation. This will be sent directly through CalStateApply and will not require an uploaded letter. 

Please note:

One of the recommenders (letter writers) MUST be one of your applied clinical experience supervisors AND One of the recommenders (letter writers) MUST be a professor or university level instructor you have had. 

The third recommendation can be from additional supervisors, professors in relevant courses, or other professionals who are familiar with your work and professional skills.

With respect to your letter from a supervisor, please note that you must have at least 100 hours of applied clinical experience (volunteer or paid) before you apply to the program. This number of hours will allow you to be trained (training hours count toward that 100) and to engage in some amount of supervised intervention so that your supervisor can write a letter evaluating your skills. See the information for prospective students for details on what meets this requirement. 

For your application to be evaluated, you must have a total of three recommendations completed by your selected recommenders (letter writers). These letters need to be from professionals who can speak to your capabilities.

You MAY NOT send a request a recommendation from a friend, classmate, or previous therapist. 


Statement of Intent (Personal Statement)

To help us evaluate your application, please prepare a 2-3 page double-spaced essay describing your fit with the MS Clinical Program at SJSU. You should include information about your background, your plans for your future, and how you see admission to our graduate program in the context of your goals as a psychotherapist. You will need to upload a PDF of your Statement of Intent to CalStateApply (called Personal Statement in the Documents tab).


For SJSU, answer the following questions within the context of your statement:

  1. What are your academic and professional goals? How does our graduate program “fit” in terms of you meeting these goals?
    You need to be very specific about why you have chosen to apply to the SJSU MS Clinical Program. Describe what evidence based practice means to you and how that fits your training goals as a therapist. You must discuss evidence based practice in your application.
  2. What personal and professional experiences have led you to choose psychotherapy (clinical psychology as a profession), and why have you decided to apply to the MS Clinical Program at SJSU in particular?
    Be sure to discuss your applied clinical experiences specifically. Discuss what you learned and what skills you developed in your applied clinical experience. Describe how you utilized your supervision experience. If you have research experience, discuss how that relates to your choices for this program.
  3. What personal qualities do you possess (e.g., interpersonal qualities or skills, second language skills) that might help you to become a successful psychotherapist? What personal qualities might challenge your ability to succeed (e.g., time management, receiving feedback)?
  4. The Clinical program at SJSU is very demanding, is academically rigorous, and seeks to graduate top quality clinicians. Overall, how are you prepared for this program, given these demands?


Our Application Timeline & General Graduate Admissions

Although you can submit your materials beginning in October, we will not review applications until after February 1. All applications are reviewed at one time (after Feb. 1) to build a cohort to enter in the Fall.

If your application moves forward after the first review, you will be invited to interview (typically in March). Offers for admission are made in mid-April, and acceptances are due by the beginning of May. We seek to build a cohort of 12-14 students each year. 

Here is SJSU's Steps to Graduate Admission guide (pdf).

The University's domestic application steps to admission are found here.

The University's international application steps to admission are found here.