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.
New Application Procedures for Fall 2017 Admissions
Application Deadline is January 15 - ALL application documents MUST be
received by the Application Deadline.
Graduate Application for Admission -
Apply to the University of
Alaska Anchorage - ONLY!
To apply to the Joint PhD program, go to
https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions/ and click the How
to Apply link and follow the links for the Fall application.
Once the Application Profile has been created the application for
admission is ready to be initiated. For the Program Selection
page choose the following options:
Level - Graduate
Campus - Anchorage Campus
College - College of Arts & Sciences
Major - Clinical-Community Psychology
Degree - Doctor of Philosophy
Select the semester you plan to attend classes - Choose the Fall
Complete the remaining
Application Sections and submit the items listed below. All
items must be submitted and the application completed and submitted
by January 15the to be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for
Official transcripts need to be received under separate cover from all
post-secondary institutions attended and degree-awarding since high
Request that official transcripts be sent by your prior
universities directly to the UAA Office of Admissions.
are submitting official transcripts rather than directly from the
university, 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 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
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 letter of support must also be
accompanied by a
Reference Rating Form.
Applicants will submit the names and contact information for three
references within the Application for Admission and applicants must
waive the right the review the letter of recommendation for each
If referees are unable to submit their letter of recommendation and
the reference rating form, please instruct them to submit their
letter as directed in the email they received from the UAA Office of
Admissions and they can email their reference rating forms directly
to the Ph.D. Program Coordinator at
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 the Program
Question page within the application for admission that contains the
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 Ph.D. 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.
UAA Master of Science, Clinical Psychology
Applicants admitted into the Ph.D. program have the option of obtaining
the UAA M.S., Clinical Psychology degree en route to the Ph.D.
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 (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 Ph.D. 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
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.
documents MUST be received by the UAA Office of Admissions by
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.