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Each year the Program receives approximately 250 completed applications. Approximately 90 to 100 applicants are interviewed and from this group a final class of about 15 to 17 students is selected. While some students have entered the Program directly from undergraduate institutions, the majority of students have been admitted after spending time in the field either doing graduate work at the Master's level or working in the psychological community for several years. Others enter the program following a career change, having done additional preparatory work in psychology prior to acceptance. All applicants are expected to have worked in research and clinical settings in addition to completing the required coursework. In instances when disabled students have been accepted, the Program and the university have been committed to meeting the students' special needs.

Students in the Program come from a broad spectrum of undergraduate institutions many of which are among the finest institutions in the country. Over the past seven years, students accepted into the program have averaged a combined score of above 1250 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examinations and score well on the required Psychology GRE examination. However, test scores alone are not sufficient to gain admission as many applicants have research and clinical experience that is noteworthy. The applicant's performance in the interview with faculty is essential for acceptance into the Program. In the interview the successful applicant must demonstrate well-developed psychological mindedness and the capacity to describe clinical and research experiences in a sophisticated manner.

The Ph.D. Program has cultural and individual diversity as one of its core values. To that end the Program is especially interested in increasing the number of aspiring minority scholars and there are three minority fellowships available, which carry full-tuition waiver for each entering class.

Each entering class of 15 to 17 students is trained by a core group of twelve full-time Ph.D. faculty and five clinical adjuncts. This student-faculty ratio, rare in a program of this size, enables the faculty to serve as academic advisors, clinical supervisors and research mentors in an atmosphere of stimulating intellectual dialogues about both clinical and research phenomena. The diversity of the student body at the Brooklyn Campus and the Ph.D. Program's collaborative relationships with a variety of New York area training facilities enable students to develop their skills in a diverse multicultural learning environment. The Ph.D. Program prides itself on the attention given to its doctoral students and the supportive, intellectual challenging atmosphere that the Program is known for.

Students in the Ph.D. Program find the intellectual environment of the clinical and research training provided by the doctoral faculty to be supportive, exciting and challenging. Classes bond together in a healthy atmosphere of competition and support for each student's attainment of excellence.

Students from the first and second year of training have offered the following comments about the Program:

“Students can expect support, direction, and leadership from core faculty at LIU Brooklyn.  Faculty time and attention is the rule for each doctoral student, not the exception.  Students often work with many advisors and have individual research, academic, and clinical supervisors from the core faculty, and are invited to work with any additional faculty with whom they share interests. They report that LIU provides a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing clinical experience as well as research development.  Faculty work well together to support students while providing training using a variety of therapeutic tools and representing an eclectic approach.  As a result, LIU graduates are well respected in the clinical field, displaying extensive knowledge in testing, therapy, as well as research."

"From interview day I felt the students were very open and intelligent, clinical training was exemplary and well-regarded. It was an accurate impression. I applied because of good impressions from interview, good location, great clinical opportunities, interesting cross-cultural research"

"I decided to apply because I started asking other clinicians about the program and went back to the website, looked again at the program definition and faculty bios and affiliations, and saw the descriptions about special support to minorities, and I realized this was the only program I had come across that gave substantial aid to minority students which to me reflected a true commitment"

"Decided I wanted to come here because of the interview- felt like the "right fit". Then I found out someone who I knew and respected was one year above me—which really confirmed the uniqueness of the program. Experience is consistently amazing and rewarding. Zero regrets or afterthoughts."

Inquiries about the program can be directed to individual faculty.