Letter of Intent Guidelines

The application must include a detailed letter of intent describing the applicant’s interest and purpose in studying Clinical Psychology, including the reasons why an MS in Clinical Psychology is sought at this point in the applicant’s professional development.

The letter of intent, including responses to the following prompts, should be single-spaced and include your name in the header of all pages. Number your responses to correspond with the following prompts. Limit your responses for each prompt to the number of pages indicated below. Save your responses as a PDF and insert them where prompted in the electronic application.

  • Interest and purpose in studying Clinical Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis (maximum of one single-spaced page.) Include a description of your interest in clinical psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis and why you are seeking an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at this point in your professional development. 

  • Clinical experience (maximum of one single-spaced page.) Please describe your professional, paraprofessional, and/or volunteer experience in clinical psychology or applied behavior analysis. Examples of experience may include, but are not limited to: providing individual or group psychotherapy, experience in a behavioral health setting, direct client care or advocacy, child care, education, corrections, and prior professional training experiences. Applicable experiences may include paid work, volunteer opportunities, and/or internships/practica. For each experience, describe how long you served the agency and the nature and frequency of the supervision you received. Not all applicants have professional or paraprofessional experience and these experiences are not required for admission to the program. If you have no experience, please explain your interest(s) in pursuing this degree.

  • Research experience (maximum of one single spaced page) Please describe any research experience you have had, including undergraduate academic experiences, indicating the following: 1) settings in which it occurred; 2) primary populations studied; 3) your role in the project(s)(e.g., data collection, observation, coding, design and planning, instrument development, data analysis, report preparation); 4) length of time involved in each research project; 5) nature and frequency of supervision; and 6) description of presentations or publications that may have resulted from the research. Not all applicants have research experience and these experiences are not required for admission to the program.

  • Personal Statement (maximum of one single spaced page) Please write a personal statement in which you describe significant life experiences and people who have shaped your career choice, the impact of your clinical and research experiences, your special interests, and your professional goals (such as, desired client population, desired location of practice, etc.). In addition, please tell us anything that you feel would assist us in making admission decisions.