Information for Clinical Psychology PhD Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the clinical psychology PhD program at Mississippi State University. This page is designed to introduce you to our admissions process to give you the best possible chance of admission to our program.

Application Due Date: December 1st

Our application deadline is December 1st every year. We know that this is an early deadline, but we have selected it so that we can ensure that all of your application materials have been received and processed by the graduate school by the time we return from winter break (it typically takes the graduate school several weeks to scan in all of the documents, and then a few more weeks for the Director of Clinical Training to ensure the files are complete). If for some reason you are unable to complete your application by December 1st, or you have a part of your application missing, please contact the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Michael Nadorff.

Full Disclosure Data

Applicants commonly wish to review our full disclosure data outlining what has happened with our recent cohorts of students as well as recent years of admissions. These data can be found here: Data are updated once a year, typically around April 15th once the new cohort of students has committed to coming to MSU.

Mentorship Model

Like most clinical psychology programs we work on a mentor model where each student is assigned to work with a primary research mentor. These mentors can come from our core or affiliated faculty. The following faculty currently accept students in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program:

Core Clinical Faculty:

Kevin J. Armstrong, Ph.D.

Mitchell Berman, Ph.D.

Torri Jones, Ph.D

Cliff McKinney, Ph.D.

Michael R. Nadorff, Ph.D.

Arazais Oliveros, Ph.D.

E. Samuel Winer, Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty Who Take Clinical Students:

Carolyn Adams-Price, Ph.D.

Robert McMillen, Ph.D.

Danielle Nadorff, Ph.D.

Colleen Sinclair, Ph.D.

Background Checks

Given that psychologists commonly work with individuals who are at-risk or vulnerable it is important to ensure that all of our doctoral students are appropriate for conducting such clinical work. As such, we run background checks shortly after admission while processing your MSU employment paperwork. Should there be problems with the background check the Director of Clinical Training will work with the student to determine whether they are able to continue working in the program.