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Admissions Process

The decision to seek formal psychoanalytic training is a very important personal, professional, and developmental step for a mental health clinician. The admissions process itself offers an opportunity to explore with colleagues in the field the educational and professional significance, meaning, and desires that inform this decision for each applicant. Below you will find information on the application process for both the Training Program in Psychoanalysis and the Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis.


MIP accepts applicants from five clinical disciplines: psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health counseling, and psychiatric nursing. Applicants must be independently licensed in their field and in good ethical standing. In addition, applicants from non-clinical disciplines with an interest in psychoanalysis are encouraged to apply for the academic program. We are interested in the collective contribution that a diverse, interdisciplinary community can make to psychoanalytic education.


The Admissions process involves the following two components:

  • Completed Application and Provision of Supporting Materials (an application can be downloaded from the link below)
  • Three Interviews (to include the discussion of two clinical cases)

Application Deadline

The completed application, all supporting documents, and the application fee must be received by April 1st to be considered for entry into the annual September class.

Interviews are conducted during the months of April and May, after which the committee convenes for a series of meetings to consider each applicant in detail. Committee decisions are finalized by July 1, and classes begin mid-September.

Application Fees

Application Fee: $130 (due with the completed application)


The application outlines all the materials you must submit. The MIP Training Programs Application, please CLICK HERE.

The Committee

Graduate psychoanalysts of MIP comprise the Admissions Committee. Information obtained during the interviews, as well as private information contained in the personal statement is treated with strict confidentiality within the committee. Information regarding applicants’ personal treatment history is available only to the Institute Administrator and the Committee Co-Chairs. Committee Members recuse themselves from all group discussions involving applicants with whom they have a current or prior treatment relationship. The following individuals currently serve on the Committee:

  • Abby McNally, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
  • David Raniere, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
  • Raquel Limonic, LMHC
  • Johanna Malone, Ph.D.
  • Gloria Barbacoff, LICSW
  • Jaine Darwin, Ph.D., ABPP
  • Jade Mcleughlin, LICSW
  • Kate R. Sullivan, Ph.D.

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis has a strong and consistent commitment to equal opportunity and does not discriminate in any of its policies on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, nationality, race, religion, and sexual orientation.


If you would like to speak with someone regarding the Candidate or Advanced Candidate Training Programs in Psychoanalysis, or about the admissions process, please contact us.