Frequently Asked Questions
The Application Process
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 1.
What are the benefits of an integrated program?
The integrated approach facilitates a multidisciplinary focus on the discovery and application of scientific knowledge to questions related to physical and mental health, and most importantly, their interaction. Many health psychologists and clinical scientists focus on prevention and intervention through research designed to foster physical and mental health, respectively, and reduce the risk of disease and promote adjustment to illness. This program will focus on biopsychosocial mechanisms of mental and physical disorder as well as developing and testing intervention approaches at both the micro (i.e., individual) and macro (i.e., community) levels. Health psychologists are in demand as the rise in health care costs associated with behavioral factors/unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking, alcoholism, and obesity, has made prevention and treatment more critical. Clinical scientists are in demand because of the rising costs of some of the most common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. Graduates will be strong candidates for faculty positions in academic psychology departments, medical schools and schools of public health, as well as positions within multidisciplinary clinical and research teams in many medical fields (e.g., oncology, psychiatry).
How do I apply?
The application is completed online. You can go directly to the general admissions page on the Graduate Center's website to begin your application. In general, the following documents will be requested:
a. Online application, which includes personal statement of interest.
b. A minimum of two letters of recommendation from faculty members or research supervisors personally acquainted with the applicant's academic achievement. (The email address of your recommenders will be requested as part of the online application form.)
c. Transcripts (unofficial) from each college or university attended, even if you did not complete a degree or did not enroll in courses in your current field. Official transcripts will be requested upon admission.
d. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination General Test.
e. A current curriculum vitae.