Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

2022/2023 edition

John C. Norcross and Michael A. Sayette

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The definitive guide for prospective graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology has now been revised and updated for 2022/2023, with all-new data on more than 300 doctoral programs. This is the book you can rely on for finding the programs that meet your needs and maximizing your chances of getting in. Profiles cover each program's specializations or tracks, admission requirements, acceptance rates, financial aid, research areas, and clinical opportunities. The Insider's Guide is based on intensive research and includes information, advice, and decision-making worksheets not available from any other source. The 2022/2023 edition includes a new chapter on deciding between a doctoral or master's degree, shares insights on how COVID-19 has altered the admissions process, and addresses other timely topics.

“When I started preparing to apply to clinical psychology doctoral programs, I was completely bewildered. How do I figure out what schools to apply to? What makes a good CV and statement? What should I be prepared to talk about in an interview? The Insider’s Guide answered all my questions and more, providing a well-researched and comprehensive system for building a strong application. The list of schools alone made it well worth the purchase. I honestly don’t know how I would have done it without this book. If you’re planning to go to graduate school for clinical or counseling psychology, I could not recommend this book more highly!”

—Alexander Jusdanis, doctoral program applicant

“An informative and essential guide for prospective graduate students. The topics are covered thoroughly, yet clearly and concisely. I was especially impressed with the book's inclusiveness—the authors acknowledge the challenges that LGBT, disabled, and racial/ethnic minority applicants may experience, even in fields that appear to be inclusive. The book would be extremely helpful for first-generation college students, who may have little knowledge about the pursuit of graduate school. The examples of CVs, letters, and emails are exceptional. This book would be a perfect supplemental text for my senior-level clinical assessment course.”

—Sonya Lawson Hutchinson, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Stillman College

Table of Contents


1. Introducing Clinical and Counseling Psychology sample

2. Deciding between the Master’s and Doctorate

3. Choosing the Ph.D. or Psy.D.

4. Preparing for Graduate School

5. Getting Started

6. Selecting Schools

7. Applying to Programs

8. Mastering the Interview

9. Making Final Decisions

Reports on Combined Psychology Programs

Reports on Clinical Psychology Programs

Reports on Counseling Psychology Programs

Appendix A. Time Line

Appendix B. Worksheet for Choosing Programs

Appendix C. Worksheet for Assessing Program Criteria

Appendix D. Worksheet for Making Final Choices

Appendix E. Research Areas

Appendix F. Specialty Clinics and Practica Sites

Appendix G. Program Concentrations and Tracks


About the Authors

John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist. Past president of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association (APA), he has served on the APA’s governing Council of Representatives and the Board of Educational Affairs. With more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross is a recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award from the APA and the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, and is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Norcross has conducted workshops and research on graduate study in psychology for many years.

Michael A. Sayette, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also is on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Center for the Neural Bases of Cognition, a joint program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Sayette has published primarily in the area of substance abuse, with a focus on the development of psychological theories of alcohol and tobacco use. Dr. Sayette is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Addiction Psychology. Dr. Sayette is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and has directed graduate admissions for the clinical psychology program. He has presented seminars on applying to graduate school at several universities in North America and Europe


Anyone considering applying to a psychology graduate program, as well as undergraduate counselors and advisors.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

2020/2021 Edition, © 2020
ISBN: 9781462541430

2018/2019 Edition, © 2018
ISBN: 9781462532117

2016/2017 Edition, © 2016
ISBN: 9781462525720

Revised 2014/2015 Edition, © 2014
ISBN: 9781462518135

2012/2013 Edition, © 2012
ISBN: 9781609189327

2010/2011 Edition, © 2010
ISBN: 9781606234631

2008/2009 Edition, © 2008
ISBN: 9781593856373

2006/2007 Edition, © 2006
ISBN: 9781593852580

2004/2005 Edition, © 2004
ISBN: 9781572309784

2002/2003 Edition, © 2002
ISBN: 9781572307216

2000/2001 Edition, © 2000
ISBN: 9781572304956

1998/1999 Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572302747

1996/1997 Edition, © 1996
ISBN: 9781572300866

1994/1995 Edition, © 1994
ISBN: 9780898626506

1992/1993 Edition, © 1992
ISBN: 9780898626841

1990/1991 Edition, © 1990
ISBN: 9780898625219