(Last Updated 9/24/2020)


General and Psychology Subject GREs: The SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program has decided to waive consideration of all scores from the GREs (General and Psychology Subject Test) for the 2020-2021 application cycle (for entry to the doctoral program in fall 2021). We will not review any GRE scores for admission to the program.

Neither SDSU nor UC San Diego will require GRE scores (general or subject test) to be submitted for graduate admissions to the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Note:  Please do not submit scores, even if they are available.  We will not review them.

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In-Person Interviews (February 2021): In consideration of everyone’s health and safety, we currently plan to conduct interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle (for Fall 2021 admissions) online. We will continue to follow State, County, and City guidelines, as well as the guidelines of both universities, in all decisions about interviews.


Fall 2021 Application Information

  • December 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time: Supplemental Program Application Deadline
  • December 4, 2020: Cal State Apply Application Deadline
  • January 2021 (check WebPortal for specific dates): 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 ONLINE interview process will take place the following days:
    • Monday, February 8, 2021
    • Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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 1, 2020 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 1, 2020).

Fall 2021 Supplemental Program Application link will be available on October 1, 2020.

Required Documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
    • Please limit your statement to no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, 12-point type.
    • For details on what to include in your Statement of Purpose, please refer to our Fall 2021 Supplemental Program Application Tutorial or the Document Checklist within the Supplemental Program Application (both will be available October 1, 2020).
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts (for all colleges/universities attended)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (requested through the Supplemental Program Application)**
    • Recommenders may include:
      • Supervisors or managers
      • Professors
      • Colleagues from professional organizations
      • Colleagues from charitable agencies with which you are affiliated
      • No friends or relatives, please.
  • Current or Planned Coursework Form (if applicable)

A tutorial for the Fall 2021 Supplemental Program Application using Interfolio will be available on October 1, 2020. See below for last year’s tutorial for Fall 2020 as a reference.



A list of JDP Faculty interested in taking a student for Fall 2021 admission can be found by clicking the following link: https://clinpsyc.sdsu.edu/admissions-2/faculty-interested-in-taking-a-student-for-fall-2021/

If you are also interested in applying for a SDSU Psychology Masters program, you must submit a separate online application to their program: http://www.psychology.sdsu.edu/.

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 psycjdp@sdsu.edu.

Cal State Apply Application (Part 2 of 2):

No later than by December 4, 2020, 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) The Cal State Apply online application will be available on October 1, 2020.

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 2021 (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 https://help.liaisonedu.com/Cal_State_Apply_Applicant_Help_Center


The deadline to submit all of your official test scores and transcripts to the SDSU Graduate Admissions is in January 2020 (check WebPortal for specific dates).

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 test 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 (http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html).
    • Please note that for graduate applications international transcript evaluation is NO LONGER REQUIRED!
  • 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: TranscriptsForSDSU@sdsu.edu. 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, TOEFL scores, etc.), please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at admissions@sdsu.edu.  International applicants may contact the International Recruitment Office at (619) 594-6336 or by email at intladmission@sdsu.edu.