Thank you for your interest in applying to the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. Our Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology received the maximum (7-year) accreditation from the American Psychological Association in 2014. The application for Fall 2018 admission is LIVE. A partial list of mentors accepting students is available here and may be updated in October. Application information for academic year 2018-2019 year is covered below.
We anticipate admitting approximately six students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students will be admitted into the program with a specific research mentor. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential research mentors for additional information and to express interest.
Successful applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a substantial academic
background in psychology. To identify applicants who are a good fit with the Program‘s resources and mission, applications are evaluated along a variety of dimensions, including:
Equally important are personal attributes that are compatible for graduate training in clinical psychology. Successful applicants typically have strong academic credentials, clinical and research experience, and personal characteristics conducive to successful clinical training experiences and the development of professional competence.
- academic background and preparation (courses taken, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages),
- clinical interests and experience,
- research interests and experience,
- personal statement, responses to application questions,
- letters of recommendation, and GRE scores.
Detailed instructions are available here. To submit an application to the Virginia Consortium please follow these directions carefully. These instructions supersede any other directions you may find. Unfortunately, sometimes previous instructions may stay in cache locations that the Program has no way of monitoring or correcting. If you have any questions about the application process or are unsure, please e-mail us.
The Program offers numerous scholarships and assistantships to reduce tuition and provide important experiences for students. Presently, all students receive a tuition reduction either through scholarships or assistantships to $6,000 per year. We expect to continue to offer similar reductions for the foreseeable future.
See www.odu.edu/admission/financial-aid/graduate for information about the financial aid process. VCP may offer teaching or research assistantships that provide stipends and tuition reductions; information about these will typically be made at the time of the admission offer. Students may also compete for university scholarships and assistantships. Typically, these will not be confirmed prior to accepting an offer, since offers of admission must be made by April 1, and accepted or declined by April 15. Thus, an applicant may need to be prepared to accept admission while a decision about a competitive award is still pending. Those who apply for student loans should include Old Dominion University  on their FAFSA lists.
For a breakdown of expenses for a single, first year student, see the sample student budget below.
|Per calendar year (3 semesters)||In-state or Out-of-state|
|Adjusted annual tuition||$6,000|
|Itemized expense estimates|
|Medical Insurance (required)||$1,400|
|Less stipend **|
* Normal personal and recreational uses
**Assistantships typically provide a tuition reduction amounts of which vary by source. Currently, stipends range between $7,500 and $18,000/year.
Both personal and professional factors contribute to one's ability to conduct effective psychotherapy and provide a range of clinical services. Clinical psychology students are therefore encouraged to be open to personal insights that might affect their clinical performance. Courses and clinical training experiences are intended to facilitate self-reflection and self-awareness. In addition, personal psychotherapy may be a highly beneficial experience toward accomplishing this aim for those who choose it.
Students and applicants should be informed that the Virginia Consortium Program complies with the American Psychological Association (APA, 2002) ethics code 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information). Accordingly, students may be invited and expected to disclose personal information, if such information is deemed relevant to their performance in coursework, training-related activities and/or to their professional development. Students may be required to disclose personal information, if such information is deemed necessary for evaluation, or for obtaining assistance, if personal problems could reasonably be judged to interfere with the performance of training related activities in a competent manner.
The sharing of personal information can be a part of fostering professional growth in students. However, providing personal information may also be necessary for assuring professional standards of practice and client welfare. Students or applicants who have questions regarding this policy are encouraged to contact the Director of Clinical Training of the Virginia Consortium Program.