Instructions and Procedures

Applications are considered for Fall entry only. The application preferred and final deadlines are as follows:

  • Clinical Psychology (PhD)
    • Preferred Deadline - December 1st, 2023
    • Final deadline (ensures complete review of application materials) - December 13th, 2023

Your entire application, including all required supplemental documents, must arrive at Pacific University no later than the final deadline.

Please review and follow the instructions below:

  1. Application Fee: The application fee is $0 if the application is submitted by the preferred deadline date. If you submit after the preferred deadline date, the $40 application fee is required and can be submitted electronically when you submit the application online.
  2. Resume: Submit a resume with this application listing previous education, work, and other relevant experiences, including:
    1. Your role in any human service work you have done, the kinds of clients served, the kind and amounts of supervision you received, and the discipline of the supervisor.
    2. Special skills relevant to mental health, psychology, or human resources work.
    3. Any publications or presentations.
  3. GPA: Calculate your GPA using all graded courses you have taken for your undergraduate studies, last 60 hours, and graduate studies on the GPA Calculation Worksheet in the online application. Note: You may need to order transcripts in addition to your official transcripts to complete this step. Failure to calculate your GPA may result in an incomplete application.
  4. Transcripts: Obtain official transcript with all current grades from each college/university or professional program you have attended up to the time of the application. Do not open this transcript. Place the sealed transcript(s) all in one envelope and submit to Pacific University. A final transcript of any course(s) in progress will be required, including graduation verification, before an admitted student will be permitted to enroll in the School of Graduate Psychology. Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment.
    • We accept both electronic and mail transcripts.
      1. Electronic: email to
      2. Mail:
      3. Graduate Admissions
        190 SE 8th Ave. Suite 181
        Hillsboro, OR 97123
    • If you attended a non-US or non-Canadian college, university, or graduate school, a course-by-course evaluation of your international college and university transcripts is required. There are several third-party organizations that provide this service to international students, but often see WES (World Education Services). More information is available at the World Education Services website. The credentials evaluation must be received in our Admissions Office by the application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
    • Please visit the WES website,, for more information. The credentials evaluation must be received by our final deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
  5. References: We require a completed evaluation form with an attached letter of recommendation from a minimum of two (2) individuals who have worked closely with you. Instructors from prior academic programs and supervisors in the field are the preferred source of references. Please follow the prompts in the reference section of the application to complete this requirement. Each recommender listed will receive an email with instructions on how to electronically submit an evaluation on your behalf. An attached letter to the evaluation form is a requirement. It is very important that you inform your recommenders of the necessity to download and attach a letter to their evaluation form.
  6. English Proficiency: All applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. All test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) must be received by our final application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
  7. GRE: GRE Requirement - The GRE is optional for our PhD candidates. We do not require the GRE in order to apply. If you have scores and would like them to be considered as part of your application profile, please submit them with your application. Please note that by not submitting scores, you are in no way hurting or negatively affecting your application.
  8. Complete and check the electronic signature box on the online Application for Admission.

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