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Counseling Psychology - Graduate

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The Counseling Psychology Program helps students develop expertise in the traditional domains of psychology, in counseling interventions as a helping professional, in the scientific skills that will enable them to create new knowledge and to evaluate their own or others’ psychological work, and in the ethical and professional attitudes that promote excellence and leadership in the field of psychology.   The Counseling Psychology program offers two degree options: Master’s of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since November 3, 1983.

World-class counseling psychology training preparing future mental health professionals

The Counseling Psychology Program is committed to training students to assume emerging diverse roles and responsibilities that will advance a social justice agenda. Our goal is to educate professionals who maintain a continuing pursuit of scholarly activities, who promote psychology as a discipline, and who are concerned with facilitating psychosocial development and mental health and well-being in diverse populations and at multiple levels of the ecological system (e.g., individual, family, community, and society).   

A majority of our Ph.D. program graduates gain employment in mental health agencies (e.g., medical centers, community agencies, group practices), university counseling centers, or federal facilities (e.g., VA’s, prisons). Some graduates engage in private practice. Other graduates pursue research or teaching positions in institutions of higher education.

The MS program provides students with the comprehensive, foundational training specifically designed to prepare students to apply for Counseling Psychology Ph.D. programs.  The program is also a great fit for those students who want to further explore the field of Counseling Psychology before making the decision about whether or not to commit to the 5+ years of training that is required to get a Ph.D. in our field. 

Counseling Psychology Masters (MSEd) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work and clinical experiences, volunteering and community service, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  • Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement. 
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating command of APA style (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.

Application Deadlines

​Fall: February 1

 

Counseling Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work and clinical experiences, volunteering and community service, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  • Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement. 
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating command of APA style (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.

Application Deadlines

​Fall: December 1