The University of Alaska system continues to face serious financial
challenges due to the State of Alaska’s extreme fiscal shortfalls. In
light of these challenges, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) -
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Joint Clinical-Community Psychology
PhD program will likely undergo structural changes. The UAF Chancellor
announced that during the academic year 2016-2017, the UAF portion of
the joint program will undergo early program review for significant
structural changes over the next year that may involve “elimination,
consolidation, or refocus." This announcement was a result of the
unanimous concurrence of both UAF and UAA Provosts and Deans that “given
the seriously impacted budget the administration will be recommending to
the UAA and UAF Chancellors and, after due process, the UA Board of
Regents, that the UAA/UAF Joint PhD Program be restructured to eliminate
the UAF portion of the program. Most likely, the program will be
discontinued at UAF. The program will continue at UAA. Consequently,
the program will no longer admit students to the UAF campus, but will
continue admitting students only at the UAA campus.
The joint program continues to be fully accredited by the American
Psychological Association (APA). However, the joint program is
currently under review by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA).
The joint program underwent a site visit on October 28-30, 2015. We
expect a decision by the CoA shortly after their October 20-23, 2016
meeting. We will publish both the outcome and our accreditation status
as soon as we receive the CoA’s final decision on the accreditation of
the current program. We will also post any updates on program
restructuring as they are received.
you have any questions, please contact UAA Program Director, Dr. James
Fitterling at 907.786.1580 or via email at
or UAA Program Coordinator, Anissa Hauser at 907.786-1640 or via email
The following are
general university requirements that must be met to be considered for
admission to the Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with
Compliance with the University Requirements for a doctoral degree and
admission to graduate studies as detailed in the current
of a bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A. or B.Ed.); major in psychology or related field preferred.
All requirements for bachelor's degree must be completed by June 30
prior to matriculation.
grade point average of 3.0.
Minimum 3.0 (B)
grade point average in your major and in all psychology courses.
Coursework in the areas of abnormal psychology, statistics, research methods,
and at least one of the following: personality, clinical psychology, social
psychology, or community psychology. All prerequisite courses must be
completed by June 30 prior to matriculation.
Application Deadline is January 15 - ALL application documents MUST be
received by the Application Deadline. All supplemental Documents
may be sent to
To check on the receipt of application materials, follow the
instructions on the right under Checking on Application Material
Graduate Application for Admission -
Apply to the University of
Alaska Anchorage - ONLY!
To apply to the Joint PhD program, go to
and follow the Admissions Login Information.
For the Application Type ALL applicants must choose
for the Campus the University of Alaska Anchorage and then select
Clinical-Community Psych PhD
Official transcripts need to be received under separate cover from all
post-secondary institutions attended and degree-awarding since high
school. Request that official transcripts be sent by your prior
universities directly to the UAA Office of Admissions.
If official transcripts are being sent via hard copy in your
application packet, please make sure the envelopes are sealed and have
not been opened; otherwise, they are not considered official.
Letter of Intent
A detailed letter of
interest and intent following the guidelines provided on the Application
Form and above must be submitted. This letter of intent requests information on clinical
and/or community experience; research experience; interest in Rural and
Indigenous Psychology; and a personal statement describing your
professional goals and interests.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
GRE scores are not
required for admission to the Ph.D. Program. However, candidates who
believe their GRE scores are more indicative of their potential in the
Ph.D. program than their GPA are encouraged to submit them. If you
opt to send us these scores, please include copies of GRE scores
to the UAA Office of Admissions.
including documentation regarding academic, research, and professional
experiences; special projects and activities; and recognitions or
honors. Include a copy of your vita in the application packets
to submit to the UAA Office of Admissions.
Minimum of three
professional references (preferably curriculum or research advisors,
major course instructors with whom the students had contact in more than
one course, and/or supervisors). Each reference must have been contacted
to provide a signed and completed
Reference Rating Form and letter
of support. Letters of support and reference rating forms must be
received in a sealed envelope, signed by the reference across the
envelope closure. Include the signed and sealed envelopes in
your application packet and submit them to the UAA Office of
Disclosure Form and Criminal
complete an Identity History Summary and a disclosure statement. The
first national-level history summary must be submitted by
students invited to a personal interview at least two weeks prior to the
interview. The required history summary must be initiated and
completed by the student through the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. The Ph.D. Program will not accept a copy of a
history summary performed by another agency. As obtaining a
history summary may take
2 to 3 months, it is recommended that students mail in their first
request at the same time as submitting the program application. International
students should submit their VISA background check in lieu of the
FBI Identity History Summary.
Complete the Identify History Summary through the FBI, as outlined
on their Identification Record Request webpage at
Students are advised that if they do not receive a
report back from the FBI two months after having filed the request, they
check on the status of the request.
In addition to
completing the identity history, students must complete a
disclosure statement. The disclosure statement must accompany the
student’s application to the Ph.D. program and it must disclose all
criminal convictions as well as substance abuse and or other
social/emotional problems. Disclosure of this information does not
automatically preclude admission. However, students must have no recent
history of impairment due to alcohol or substance abuse which may hamper
their ability to complete the program in a professional and ethical
manner. The PhD Admissions Committee will, in its discretion, deny an
applicant admission if it finds that the applicant’s history of felony
or misdemeanor convictions make the applicant unsuitable for the
practice of psychology. The committee will consider the type, number
and recency of any convictions. Notwithstanding the above, a person who
has been convicted of a felony crime against a person within the ten
years before the date of application is unfit for admission to the
program and will be denied. Please do not pre-sign the form as the
Notary Public needs to witness applicants signing the form.
UAA Master of Science, Clinical Psychology
Applicants admitted into the PhD program have the option of obtaining
the UAA M.S., Clinical Psychology degree en route to the PhD.
Those who are invited to the interview and are interested in obtaining
the M.S. degree are asked to bring with them the
UAA Application for Admission
including the admission payment of $75 (Do not apply on-line,
applications and payment will be processed after applicants have
been admitted to the PhD Program).
Application for Admission will
only be processed for those who are admitted into the PhD program.
International Students are also required to submit the following
TOEFL or IELTS
(Minimum TOEFL score required is 80 internet-based, 213 computer
based, 550 paper-based. Minimum IELTS score required is 6.5)
Financial Statement & Supporting Documentation
for F-1 student visa)
Financial Statement is part of the UAF Application for Admission
Copy of passport and/or current visa
Copy must be legible
Additional requirements for international applicants may be found at
Application packets must be received by
There will be
no exceptions – incomplete applications and applications received AFTER
are admitted into the program to begin in the Fall of each academic
For the Fall 2017 Admissions, ALL applicants must apply for admission at
the University of Alaska Anchorage.
More than 3 letters
of reference maybe submitted in the application packet.
documents MUST be received by the UAA Office of Admissions by
January 15. Documents may be sent electronically to
Application Material Status
Applicants may check on the
status of their Admission Checklist by going to UAOnline:
Click on Apply
for Admission or Check on Status of Application and (next page)
and Go to: Current/Prior Student and you will be directed to your
material list. Please note that this process is done manually so allow
time for processing.
Applicants who are reapplying to the program will be required to submit
an entirely new application. If there are specific items that would be
difficult to replicate, applicants may request that the original be
retrieved from the initial file.