About the Program

Through our program we seek to train scientist-practitioners with strong skills in the competencies of health service psychology. Our students can also tailor their training through clinical practica to become practitioners prepared for work in various settings, or through teaching and research efforts to work in college and university settings or industry. Through coursework, practica, and other hands-on experiences and learning, our students are prepared to be counseling psychology professionals of the highest caliber.

For more information on the Ph.D. program requirements see the Counseling Psychology Handbook. Students entering with previous graduate level class work may be able to waive non-practicum courses if similar courses at another university are approved by faculty. Policies for waiving class requirements in the department, as well as more information on department requirements, administrative policies, and procedures are documented in the Graduate Education in Psychology Handbook, which can be found on the Department of Psychology website under the “Home” link at the top.

Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

The Counseling Psychology Program is completed by students in an average of six years, which has been consistent  since 2013. The average cost of completing the program varies from year to year and according to a student’s individual circumstances (ie: out of state vs in-state tuition.) In the past 10 years, almost 80% of our students have obtained professional licensure after completing the program. You can view our most recent outcomes data for more information.

Application Process

Applications for the Counseling Psychology program are due December 1. After initial review of applications, we typically conduct informal phone or videoconference interviews in early January. A select group of applicants is then invited for on-campus formal interviews which are typically held in early-to-mid February. First round of offers typically go out by the beginning of March. All decisions for admission are usually completed by April 15. More information about graduate admissions to the Psychology department can be found on the department’s admissions page.