Application information for Fall 2021 admissions cycle will be posted sometime in August. For your reference, see below for last year’s information. 


Psychology Subject GRE: We are aware that the April administration of the GRE Psychology Subject test was cancelled due to COVID-19, and that the test dates currently scheduled for September and October are uncertain.  We also know that students’ lives have been severely disrupted by the pandemic.  Therefore, we are waiving our requirement that you submit scores for the Psychology Subject GRE for the 2020-2021 application cycle (for entry to the doctoral program in fall 2021).  Applicants who have already taken the Psychology Subject GRE are welcome to submit their scores if they wish, but Psychology Subject GRE scores will not be required to be considered for admission to the program this year.

In-Person Interviews (February 2021): In consideration of everyone’s health and safety, we are prepared to conduct interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle (for Fall 2021 admissions) online if necessary. We will continue to follow State, County, and City guidelines, as well as the guidelines of both universities, in making decisions.  We will post an update as we get closer to the application period. 


Fall 2020 Application Information

  • October 26, 2019: Last day to take the GRE Psychology Subject Test. This test is required (No Exceptions). Applications without the GRE Psychology Subject test will not be reviewed.
  • December 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time: Supplemental Program Application Deadline
      • Please Note: We have extended our deadline to Tuesday, December 3 to accommodate the fact that our office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday (Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1).
  • December 16, 2019: Cal State Apply Application Deadline (Replaced CSU Mentor Application)
  • January 13, 2020: Deadline to Submit Official Test Scores and Transcripts
  • Mid-January: Interview offers extended (Note: You will be notified by email either way)
  • Our two-day interview process will take place on the following days:
    • Monday, February 17, 2020 – San Diego State University
    • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – University of California San Diego

Application to our program must be done in two parts:

PLEASE NOTE: The Supplemental Program and the Cal State Apply applications may be filled out concurrently.

Supplemental Program Application (Part 1 of 2):

No later than by December 3, 2019 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time, submit the Supplemental Program Application to the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology by clicking on the link below.

Supplemental Program Application:

In addition to the Cal State Apply application, our program requires a Supplemental Program Application (DUE December 3, 2019).

Fall 2020 Supplemental Program Application link:

Required Documents:
Statement of Purpose*
-Unofficial Transcripts (for all colleges/universities attended)
-Three Letters of Recommendation (requested through the Supplemental Program Application)
-Current or Planned Coursework Form (if applicable)

*NOTE: Your Statement of Purpose is a good opportunity to describe your interests, and to convey any additional information you believe to be important. If more than six months have elapsed since the date of your last university enrollment, please indicate in this section what you have been doing during this period. There is no word limit for the statement of purpose, please use your best judgment. We recommend uploading the document in PDF format.

A tutorial for the Fall 2020 Supplemental Program Application using Interfolio is available by clicking on the picture below.



A list of JDP Faculty interested in taking a student for Fall 2020 admission can be found by clicking following link:

If you are also interested in applying for a SDSU Psychology Masters program, you must submit a separate online application to their program:

If you have technical difficulties with either online application, please use the Technical Support available in the respective online application.

For any questions about our program or the Supplemental Program Application that cannot be answered on our website, you may contact us at

Cal State Apply Application (Part 2 of 2):

No later than by December 16, 2019, submit an application to the California State University System using the following procedures:


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are only allowed to select one major per application. The instructions below ONLY apply when selecting our program (The SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology) as your primary application.  If you wish to apply to additional programs, you can do so by simply completing Supplementary Program Applications for each program.

A tutorial for the Cal State Apply system is available by clicking on the picture to the right. 

Please follow the steps below when completing your Cal State Apply application.

1) Go to the Cal State Apply application online at

2) For first time users, you will have to create an account.  For returning applicants, login using your username and password

3) For first time users, create your Profile.

  • Education: Graduate
    • Type of Degree: Master’s degree or higher

4) Select the Programs to Which You Want to Apply

  • Campus: San Diego Campus
  • Location: Main Campus
  • Delivery Format: Face to Face
  • Start Term: Fall 2020 (We accept students for Fall admission only. We do not have Spring admissions)

Select the “Clinical Psychology San Diego Graduate”

5) Under the “My Application” tab, complete the items associated with each of the four quadrants (Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials).

  • Supporting Information – NOTE: Our Admissions Committee ONLY reviews information included in the Supplemental Program Application.  Therefore, please complete this section as follows. Please note that this only applies to our program.
    •  Experiences
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Experiences”
    • Achievements
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Achievements”
    •  Documents
      • Select “I Am Not Adding Any Documents”
    • Statement of Purpose
      • Enter “See Supplemental Program Application”

For questions or help using Cal State Apply, visit their Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center at


The deadline to submit all of your official test scores and transcripts to the SDSU Graduate Admissions is January 13, 2020.

After you have submitted the Cal State Apply application and received your RedID number, you will need to send official transcripts and test scores to the Graduate Admissions Office.  Sending transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application will result in processing delays.  Note: If your transcripts and/or GRE scores were received by the University Admissions Office before you submitted your Cal State Apply application, you may need to contact the SDSU Student Prospective Center (see below for contact information) once your Cal State Apply application has been submitted so that they can match your files to your application.

You must provide the following:

  • Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) issued within the last year, from all U.S. colleges and universities attended.  Students who previously attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for coursework completed since last attendance.  Hard copy SDSU transcripts are not required.
    • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree.  If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation.  For country specific requirements, please see the Graduate Admissions website (
    • Please note that for graduate applications international transcript evaluation is NO LONGER REQUIRED!
  • Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and GRE Subject Test in Psychology should be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) using the institution code for San Diego State University  (San Diego St U  Code: 4682). Please note the university requires all sections (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the GRE be completed.
    • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is required for our program – No Exceptions!
    • Starting September 2017, the GRE Psychology Subject Test will yield six subscores (instead of two in prior versions) in addition to the total score. Either version of the GRE Psychology Subject test is acceptable.
    • PLEASE NOTE: For those of you taking the GRE Subject Test in October: 1). Once your scores become available online on November 25, 2019 (according to the ETS website,, please enter them into your application BEFORE SUBMISSION by the December 3rd deadline.   2). The SDSU Graduate Admissions Office MUST receive your official GRE Subject Test scores no later than by January 13, 2020.
    • If you are unable to register for the GRE Psychology Subject Test during the October administration date, you may want to consider “Standby Testing”. For details, please visit the ETS Testing Arrangements webpage.
  • TOEFL scores are required of all applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.  A minimum score of 80 is required.  Scores should be sent directly from ETS using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682.

The above materials should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

Electronic Submission of Transcripts: SDSU accepts electronic transcripts whether they are PDF or EDI. Please select San Diego State University from an option menu if available and once San Diego State University is selected you should not alter the delivery information in any way (do not add an email address or an attention line). If a selection menu is not available or San Diego State University is not on the selection menu, then transcripts can be sent to the following email address: This will ensure that the transcript is properly routed to the transcript processing center and loaded to the University’s student information system and document imaging system as quickly as possible. Please keep in mind that electronictranscripts must be transmitted by the institution and not the student.  SDSU will not accept transcripts that are e-mailed by the student.

NOTE: Please DO NOT send any application materials to UC San Diego at this time. AFTER you are selected for admission to the Joint Doctoral Program you will be required to complete a UC San Diego application. Only those students who are admitted to the program and elect to come need to complete the UC San Diego application process. After formal notification from SDSU, students will receive material from UC San Diego.

For questions about Cal State Apply or general admission documents (e.g. transcripts, GRE scores, etc.), please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at  International applicants may contact the International Recruitment Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at