Clinical Psychology Master's Program


Applying to the Program

The program admits only 8 students per year, typically out of a pool of between 100-150 applicants. As such, the application process is competitive. In line with our Training Philosophy, we very much value unique life experiences, diverse backgrounds, and varied clinical practice experiences when we evaluate applicants to the program. Because incoming students begin clinical training within weeks of starting the program, our program requires that incoming students have at least a year (usually more) of clinical practice experiences (either through volunteer or paid positions) to gain admission into the program. We also require the following upper-division undergraduate coursework (preferably before applying to the program): Statistics, Theories of Personality, and Abnormal Psychology.

In addition to our traditional clinical training program (i.e., Clinical Focus), we now have opportunities available for up to 2 trainees per year to engage in clinical research training (i.e., Clinical/Research Focus). We require that applicants interested in this focus area additionally have at least one year of research experience. Those interested in the Clinical/Research Focus should indicate that preference clearly within their application essay, as well as specify with which clinical research mentor (or mentors) he/she would be most interested in working. More information on the research mentors and their areas of research can be found via this link.

Applications are due on February 1. Details are in the department application materials or in the Admission FAQ. You can also write or call the Graduate Services Coordinator, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.Phone: 415-338-2713; email:

Important note:  All trainees in our program work at a community-based placement during their time in the program. To be able to work at this placement, trainees must pass a background check (e.g., fingerprinting, review of criminal history). If you have concerns about passing this background check, you may want to consult with our clinical director (David Gard, An inability to pass the background check may jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in the program’s training sequence.