Counseling Psychology, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). It is designed to train the next generation of mental health professionals. The program offers doctoral education and training in psychology and seeks to prepare students for entry-level practice in counseling psychology. Doctoral-level counseling psychologists conduct research, teach at the university level, supervise students and professionals, consult with community agencies, and provide clinical services to people across the developmental life span. Counseling psychologists also enhance the science of health promotion and health psychology and emphasize community-based interventions. It is the mission of the PhD in Counseling Psychology program to train multiculturally competent counseling psychologists who are clinically adept in multiple settings with a variety of psychological and health-related issues and who are able to conceptualize, conduct, and evaluate research across biological, cultural, and relational systems in numerous social contexts, such as families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


  • Annual review
  • Four qualifying examinations completed in the first three years—research, ethics, assessment, and intervention
  • Research team during the first year (two consecutive semesters)
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.

CAEP 6390History and Systems of Psychology3
CAEP 6394Advanced Multicultural Psychology3
CAEP 7750Biological Bases of Behavior3
CAEP 7755Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior3
CAEP 7756Social Psychology in an Organizational and Ecological Context3
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Advanced Fieldwork 1
Advanced Fieldwork 2
Advanced Fieldwork 3
Advanced Fieldwork 4
CAEP 6350Introduction to Cognitive Assessment3
CAEP 6352Personality Assessment3
CAEP 7710Advanced Clinical Assessment3
CAEP 7720Advanced Clinical Interventions3
CAEP 7758Doctoral Seminar in Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy3
CAEP 7778Doctoral Seminar: Leadership, Consultation, and Supervision3
Complete 3 semester hours from the following. Other electives or alternatives may be chosen in consultation with faculty advisor:3
Motivational Interviewing in a Healthcare Setting
Research Team Experience 1 (repeatable for up to 3 credits)
Research Team Experience 2 (repeatable for up to 3 credits)
Research Team Experience 3 (repeatable for up to 3 credits)
Research Team Experience 4 (repeatable for up to 3 credits)
Directed Study
Advanced Counseling Practicum
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Doctoral Seminar in Counseling Psychology (repeatable 3 times for 3 credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Community and Educational Settings
CAEP 7711Measurement: Advanced Psychometric Principles3
CAEP 7712Intermediate Statistical Data Analysis Techniques3
CAEP 7716Advanced Research and Data Analyses 23
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Doctoral Internship 1
Doctoral Internship 2


Complete the following (repeatable) course once:
CAEP 9990Dissertation0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

62 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required