This is my first post, so I wanted to start by saying this looks like a really awesome forum and thank you to all the helpful contributors. I'm considering applying to clinical psychology PhD programs. The issue is that I did not take a single psych course in undergrad, and I do not have any research experience in psych. I majored in political science, so I don't have a strong science background to boost my profile, either. My current plan is to take undergraduate psychology courses as a "special student" at UW-Madison over Spring '16, Fall '16, and Spring '17 while working full-time in Madison. At 2 courses per semester, I could take Intro to Psych, Research Methods, Abnormal Psych, Developmental Psych, and 2 more advanced courses in an area that I would apply to PhD programs as my research interest. To gain research experience, I would volunteer for whatever is available and make sure that my professors know I am looking for research experience. In late Fall '16, I would apply to the PhD programs and specifically note that in the spring I am taking psych courses and gaining research experience. Are there any changes you would make to this plan? How much of a disadvantage would my PhD application be at if I only had these 6 courses and a small amount of research experience? I have a 3.7 GPA and am expecting to achieve high scores on the GRE and Psych Subject Test, but could I still be competitive with this background?