Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.)

  • 2012 Cohort
  • 2010 Cohort

The doctoral Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association as offering training in counseling psychology and is based on the scientist-practitioner model. The program strives to train outstanding counseling psychologists who can advance theoretically-based, empirically-driven services that enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

The program is aimed in training students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse clinical and research interests. The program is committed to student development and to the integration of science and practice.

The Counseling Psychology program has a strong commitment to integrating field-based experiences with didactic training. Learn more about practica.


To be admitted into the Counseling Psychology program, students must follow all graduate admission requirements.

Prior to registration each semester, students are required to meet with their advisor (temporary or permanent). The registration advising form should be completed and given to the advisor each semester.

Program Planning

Students are encouraged to take lower course loads when possible to enhance the learning process. The maximum academic load for students on assistantship (or similarly employed) is 13 credit hours. Students who are not working can take more credit hours per semester, but a maximum of 18 credit hours is suggested. Students on fellowship are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Each student is encouraged to develop an overall plan detailing the semester-by-semester sequence of courses to be taken. Flexibility is necessary, however, because some change in the pattern of course offerings is likely.
  • Prerequisite courses and core psychology courses that have not been taken previously should be scheduled early in the program.
  • The statistics, research, assessment, development and diagnosis sequences should be completed before student's last year of coursework.

Course Scheduling

Students entering the program with a bachelor's degree should plan to take 5-6 years to complete the program in addition to one years of internship.

Students in the program will be required to complete

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Program information is provided in compliance with C-20 Disclosure of Education/Training Outcomes and Information Allowing for Informed Decision-Making to Prospective Doctoral Students. Domain G of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology (G & P) requires that doctoral graduate programs provide potential students, current students, and the public with accurate information on the program and with program expectations.