Information for Navy Applicants

Navy ApplicantsCivilian applicants who join the Navy will be obligated to seven years active duty service plus six years listing on the individual ready reserve (IRR) roster. Active-duty military incur a service obligation of seven years. The pre-doctoral internship is not credited toward satisfying this obligation.
All applicants for the Navy slots who are on active duty in the Navy Medical Service Corps must be approved by the MSC DUINS board in order to be considered for the USUHS clinical psychology program. (Approval by the DUINS board does not guarantee selection for the USUHS program). In accordance with DoD Directive 6010.20 (Section, Navy personnel (officer and enlisted), other than Medical Service Corps officers, and personnel from other service branches "must have approval and sponsorship, in writing, from their parent Service" in order to apply to the University. The written approval must be submitted to the Graduate Education Office as part of the application. Applications from active duty service members that do not include written approval will not be considered in the selection process.
Navy officers, other than Medical Service Corps officers, must meet the transfer or redesignation requirements of OPNAVINST 1210.5, "Lateral Transfer/Redesignation and Augmentation of Officers in the Navy," December 24, 2005. Navy officers on extended active duty must submit a contingent resignation to BUPERS (PERS-813) via the chain of command, per MILPERSMAN 1920-170, "Contingent Resignation for Acceptance to Attend Medical Training under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (AFHPSP) or at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)," March 16, 2006.

All interested military-track applicants for the U.S. Navy are encouraged to contact the student representative listed below:


US Navy Student Representative
LTJG Steven Dufour
Email Contact:
(Contact for specific questions about the clinical psychology program for Navy students, what it's like to be enrolled in the USUHS program, and the program application process)


National Director, Navy Psychology Training Programs
John A. Ralph, Ph.D., ABPP
CAPT, MSC, USN (ret)
(Contact for broad questions related to the Navy psychology community and more specific questions about the application process for entering the Navy)

For information about U.S. Navy Psychology Accession programs, including this program, click this link

Additional Point of Contact:
Chantal Meloscia, Ph.D. 
(For the perspective of someone who completed the USUHS Clinical Psychology Program and is now serving as an active duty Navy psychologist)

MPS Contact Info

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Tricia Crum
Phone: (301) 295-9669