The selection process for the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (JDP) is as follows:

Applications are accepted using two online systems beginning October 1 each year. Applicants must complete the Cal State Apply Application as well as our Supplemental Program Application. Please refer to our How To Apply webpage for more details and application deadlines.

Applications are reviewed by the JDP Selection subcommittee for each major area of study. After each file has been rated, each subcommittee meets with the overall selection chair to resolve any substantive discrepancies between raters. The Selection subcommittees carefully consider the application of a prospective student and make decisions based on the applicant’s interests, aptitude, prior achievements, grades, match with program offerings and potential mentors, and leadership/service. Please visit our webpage on What We Consider for a Competitive Application.

In early January, applications are then reviewed by the faculty members who are interested in taking a student. The faculty of each major area of study then meet to decide which applicants will be offered an interview. Typically 12-15 applicants from each major area of study are invited for an interview. Every attempt is made to make interview offers at least one month prior to the scheduled interview days. Typically, the two-day interviews are held in mid-February.

Once interviews have been completed, each major area selection subcommittee meets to determine which applicants will be made an offer of admission to the JDP. Offers are typically first made by the potential mentor by phone. Applicants must make their final decision by April 15.