The 50 Best Doctoral Programs in Counseling Psychology 2015

Best Counseling Degrees - Top Doctoral Programs
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By Kirsten Hughes

September, 2015

Are you interested in a career as a counseling psychologist? We believe you will find the counseling psychology doctoral program that is the best fit for your educational and career aspirations here. Graduate programs offering doctoral degrees (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in counseling psychology generally require the successful completion of coursework, practicum and internships, research, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. Graduates of counseling psychology programs have a great degree of flexibility in terms of populations that they choose to work with and settings they choose to work in. Graduates can choose to become licensed and work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations in schools, hospitals, colleges, universities, government agencies, counseling centers, community mental health clinics, and private practice. Graduates can also go on to pursue academic and other positions that do not require licensure.

Funding:

Many graduate programs offering doctoral degrees fund their graduate students through research or teaching assistantships. Several of the programs on this list fully fund their students graduate education through graduate assistantships. Graduate research and teaching assistantships typically offer students a tuition waiver, health benefits, and a stipend in exchange for a 20-hour-a-week commitment. Hourly time commitments and benefits vary by assistantship. Typically assistantships are offered to graduate students in their field of study to enhance their learning experience. This funding allows students to focus on their studies and to graduate without the burden of student loan debt. Students should also explore funding opportunities through fellowships, scholarships, and grants. In part because of funding opportunities, doctoral programs are typically very competitive to get into. Some of the programs on this list select only 5-8 students from a pool of 100-200 applicants annually.

All of the programs on this list:

  • Are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Have a licensure rate of 70% or higher.
  • Require students to be enrolled in the program on a full time basis.

Many of the programs on this list:

  • Accept students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Follow the scientist-practitioner training model or the practitioner-scholar model. The scientist-practitioner training model focuses on the integration of theory, research and practice. The practitioner-scholar training model emphasizes clinical training and the application of research to practice.
  • Emphasize the value of diversity.
  • Offer some funding for students admitted into their program. We have done our best to highlight funding availability for programs on this list when available.

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#50 Texas Woman’s University

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Denton, TX

Ph. D. Counseling Psychology

The Department of Psychology and Philosophy at Texas Woman’s University offers a Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. This program emphasizes the feminist multicultural model. Students interested in the influence of gender and diversity will find this program to be a good fit. The objectives of this program include preparing professional psychologists to be sensitive to issues related to diversity. Although primarily for women, Texas Woman’s University is a public, co-educational university that fully opened its doors to male students in 1995.

  • Licensure Percentage: 70%
  • Tuition: $14,290
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.

Courses include

Cognition and Emotion, Foundations of Social Psychology and Personality, Cross Cultural Psychology, Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychology of Women, Supervision and Consultation in Psychology, Professional Issues in Psychology & Counseling Psychology, and Psychology of Human Sexuality.

For more information on Texas Woman’s University

#49 University of Texas at Austin

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Austin, TX

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Texas at Austin offers Counseling Psychology students training in research, intervention, and assessment. Some funding is available but limited. However, the program has been able to secure in-state tuition waivers for 90% of students that are not from Texas so that they can pay in-state tuition. There are usually 160-200 students that apply for the program each year, 20-25 are then invited to interview from which 5-6 are accepted into the program.

  • Licensure Percentage: 72%
  • Tuition: $25,964
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.70

Courses include

Counseling Skills and Procedures, Theories of Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Ethics in Counseling, Professional Issues in Counseling, Group Counseling, Health Psychology, Multicultural Research, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

For more information on The University of Texas at Austin

#48 University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley, CO

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Northern Colorado offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on both practitioner/clinical skills (about 60%) and science (about 40%). The program trains practitioners to work with individuals, couples, groups, and families and to assess, diagnose, and treat a range of mental health concerns. Research is also a strong part of the program and students are encouraged to publish and present research while in the program. Some funding is available with priority given to first year students. The Counseling Psychology Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents of 15 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) qualify for resident tuition status starting their first year in the program.

  • Licensure Percentage: 72%
  • Tuition: $32,157
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.50

Courses include

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Family Systems, Advanced Methods: Couples and Family Therapy, Professional Development Seminar in Counseling Psychology, Research Apprenticeship, Qualitative Case Study Research, Narrative Inquiry, Practicum in Couples and Family Therapy, Play Therapy: Theory and Practicum, and Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations.

For more information on The University of Northern Colorado

#47 University of Iowa

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Iowa City, IA

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Iowa’s College of Education offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Some assistantships and fellowships are available, over the last two years about 70% of the incoming class has received financial support. Students are trained to become skilled researchers and practitioners. Graduates of the program will promote psychology as a science and advance the profession of Counseling Psychology.

  • Licensure Percentage: 73%
  • Tuition: $26,475
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: N/A

Courses include

Introduction to Counseling Psychology Practice/Research, Multicultural Counseling, Psychotherapy III: Career Interventions, Processes and Outcomes in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Practicum in Counseling Psychology, and Psychotherapy IV – Group Counseling.

For more information on The University of Iowa

#46 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Milwaukee, WI

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee prepares graduates to be multiculturally competent and work with urban populations. The department has been recognized by the APA for its ability to attract and graduate students from minority populations. All students participate in faculty research teams to enhance their research skills. A number of assistantships and fellowships are available with priority given to first year students.

  • Licensure Percentage: 73%
  • Tuition: $24,152
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 7.46

 

Unique Feature

The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee is centrally located (15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago). This location has allowed for an abundance of internship opportunities. During the 2013-14 school year, 100 percent of counseling students were matched in internships, compared with the national average of 80 percent.

For more information on The Univeristy of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

#45 Washington State University

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Pullman, WA

Ph.D. with Counseling Psychology Specialization

The Counseling Psychology program at Washington State University is one of only two APA-accredited programs in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 66% of the students in this program are from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds. The program aims to train scientist-practitioners as generalists in the field of counseling psychology. Students can choose a speciality in addition to maintaining a broad range of skills. Some graduate assistantships and scholarships are available.

  • Licensure Percentage: 73%
  • Tuition: $25,200
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.76

 

Recent Internship Placements Include

Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, Michigan State University-Counseling Services, Texas Tech University-Student Counseling Center, and University of Notre Dame-University Counseling Center.

For more information on Washington State University

#44 University of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Kentucky Counseling Psychology doctoral program embraces the scientist practitioner model of training along with systems theory and social justice values. A number of assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and awards are available to qualified students in this program. The program generally takes six year of full time study to complete. Most students accepted to the program have their master’s degree but some students with an undergraduate degree are accepted.

  • Licensure Percentage: 73%
  • Tuition: $24,664
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.40

 

Faculty Research Interests include

Sexual health, cross-cultural teaching and training issues in psychology, culturally sensitive psychometrics, intimate relationships, intimate partner violence, psychotherapy supervision and training, and health disparities and barriers to service utilization among African American populations.

For more information on The University of Kentucky

#43 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Champaign, IL

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been able to offer all students in the doctoral program financial support (through assistantships or scholarships) that cover tuition and fee costs. Additionally, the program has been very successful in matching their students with high quality internship sites. All internships have been paid and APA accredited. Research is central to the program and students interested in pursuing research in academic careers and in combination with practice are encouraged to apply.

  • Licensure Percentage: 74%
  • Tuition: $25,546
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.70

Courses include

Counseling Psychology Professional and Ethics Seminar, Special Topics in Counseling Psychology, Psychological Measurement and Test Development, Dissertation Research, Multicultural Counseling, and Personality Assessment.

For more information on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#42 Fordham University

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New York, NY

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Students in the Counseling Psychology program at Fordham University will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on conducting and presenting research. A highlight of the program is the focus on experiential learning to develop and strengthen clinical skills. During field placements students will participate in weekly group supervision to consult cases and to give and receive feedback with peers and support from faculty.

  • Licensure Percentage: 74%
  • Tuition: $29,760
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.57

Courses include

Foundations of Neuropsychology, Social and Ethical Responsibilities in Counseling Psychology, Research Methods in Counseling, Qualitative Research Methods in Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology, Personality Assessment in Counseling Psychology, and Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology.

For more information on Fordham University

#41 West Virginia University

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Morgantown, WV

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University follows a Practitioner-Scholar training model, and aims to balance clinical training with scholarly activity. Students will consult with faculty to identify and choose the best practicum sites to meet their individual interests and career goals. A broad range of placements are available from veterans’ medical centers to private practice. During the practicum experience students will receive training and support from faculty and on-site supervisors.

  • Licensure Percentage: 74%
  • Tuition: $20,664
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.30

Courses include

Advanced Counseling Psychology Interventions, Multicultural Psychology, Introduction to Counseling Psychology, Vocational Theory/Assessment, Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology, Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology, Research Practicum in Counseling Psychology, and Counseling Psychology Supervision Models.

For more information on West Virginia University

#40 Indiana State University

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Terre Haute, IN

Doctor of Philosophy in Guidance and Psychological Services with a specialization in Counseling Psychology

The goal of the Counseling Psychology specialization at Indiana State University is to prepare graduates to value science, critical thinking, and effective interventions in their professional work. The program trains practitioners to be strengths based in emphasizing human development and problem solving when working with clients. Over the last 10 years the graduation rates for this program have been above 90%. Indiana State University values diversity and seeks to attract a diverse student body, staff and faculty.

  • Licensure Percentage: 75%
  • Tuition: $645 / credit hour
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: N/A

Core Areas of Study Include:

Foundations (minimum 15 credits), Behavioral Sciences (minimum 20 credits), Counseling Psychology Specialization American Psychological Association approved (30-48 credits minimum).

For more information on Indiana State University

#39 Texas Tech University

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Lubbock, TX

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Texas Tech University enrollees 7-8 students each year in the Counseling Psychology program. This program can only be completed full time and typically takes 3-6 years to complete depending on if students enter with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. All admissions offers come with .25 – .5 time assistantships (research and/ or teaching) for years 1-4. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of training experiences while in the program.

  • Licensure Percentage: 75%
  • Tuition: $5,459.13
  • Application Deadline: Decmeber 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.60

Coursework Content Areas Include:

Cognitive aspects of behavior, developmental aspects of behavior, biological aspects of behavior, and social aspects of behavior.

For information on Texas Tech University

#38 Cleveland State University

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Cleveland, OH

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at Cleveland State University offers a focus on working with diverse urban populations. The program has the goal of providing graduate assistantships or tuition grants for all first and second year students who request funding. Some funding may be available in subsequent years. Some funding is also available for travel to conferences and dissertation research. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research teams, present at regional, national, and international conferences, and co-author with faculty on publications.

  • Licensure Percentage: 75%
  • Tuition: $28,017.60
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.50

Practicum Placements Include:

Oberlin College Counseling Center, Cleveland State University Counseling Center, University of Akron Counseling Center, Cleveland Clinic Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, and Neurology and Neuroscience Associates, Inc.

For more information on Cleveland State University

#37 Ball State University

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Muncie, IN

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University accepts 10 students a year in a selective admission process. First year students are guaranteed an assistantship and full tuition waiver in the first year. Students at Ball State also receive financial support for research and presenting at conferences. Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another, faculty, and members of the community to enhance their education throughout their time in the program.

  • Licensure Percentage: 75%
  • Tuition: $20,676.00
  • Application Deadline: December 1st
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.48

Areas of Specialization Include:

Couples and family counseling, Diversity in counseling psychology, Gerontology, Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation counseling, Research methodology, Social justice, Vocational psychology, and Wellness management.

For more information on Ball State University

#36 Oklahoma State University

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Stillwater, OK

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Specialization in Counseling Psychology)

Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Specialization in Counseling Psychology). A primary focus of the program is on preventive/developmental/educational interventions from a strength based perspective. Historically, OSU Counseling Psychology program has prioritized and been successful in supporting Counseling Psychology doctoral students (resident and non-resident) with at least a .25 graduate assistantship (covering tuition and health insurance).

  • Licensure Percentage: 76%
  • Tuition: $20,773
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Courses include

Multicultural Counseling, Conceptualization & Diagnosis, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Psychology, Principles of Counseling Psychology, Emotion and Cognition, and Multiple Regression in Behavioral Studies.

For more information on Oklahoma State University

#35 Teachers College, Columbia University

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New York, NY

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The courses in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University, are framed around a social justice and racial-cultural framework. Students are encouraged to work towards becoming increasingly self aware (of personal biases, values, strengths etc.) throughout their time in the program as they train to become psychotherapists. All faculty lead research teams to which all students are eligible to apply.

  • Licensure Percentage: 77%
  • Tuition: $17,448
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.72

Faculty Research Interests Include

Social justice in the workplace, mental and health disparities, psychosocial dimensions of HIV/AIDS, effects of mental and physical illness on families, multicultural counseling, LGBT issues, complex trauma and its impact on women’s well being, and populations with multiple minority identities.

For more information on Teachers College, Columbia University

#34 Indiana University – Bloomington

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Bloomington, IN

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Indiana University Bloomington offers a Counseling Psychology program grounded in the culturally informed integration of science and practice. Research is a central component of this program and students enthusiastic about research are encouraged to apply.

  • Licensure Percentage: 77%
  • Tuition: $24,488
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.62

Faculty Research Interests Include

Family and marriage therapy, sports psychology, leadership and group dynamics, substance abuse prevention, career counseling, and the specialized psychological needs of different ethnic and cultural groups.

For more information on Indiana University Bloomington

#33 Seton Hall University

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South Orange, NJ

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Seton Hall University offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with the scientist-practitioner model. Graduates of this program will be professionals with respect for diversity and an understanding of the importance of being multiculturally sensitive. Students will be involved in research throughout their time in the program and will present at national and regional conferences.

  • Licensure Percentage: 77%
  • Tuition: $26,400
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.20

Areas of Specialization Include

Multicultural studies, neuropsychology, marriage and family therapy, pediatric and adolescent psychology and geropsychology. The program also offers two unique international training experiences in Trinidad that occur in July and January each year.

For more information about Seton Hall University

#32 University of Tennessee – Knoxville

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Knoxville, TN

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Tennessee Knoxville Counseling Psychology program uses the scientist-practitioner-advocate model of training. Graduates of this program highly skilled in both research and practice. The advocacy component of training prepares graduates to value social justice and work for social change. In 2012, the Counseling Psychology program received the prestigious Innovation in Graduate Education Award from the American Psychological Association for their Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate training model. The Department of Psychology is able to guarantee an assistantship to all Counseling Psychology students in their first year. Additionally all students that have wanted an assistantship during their first five years of training have been awarded one.

  • Licensure Percentage: 78%
  • Tuition: $0
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.63

A unique feature of this program is:

The Journal of Counseling Psychology is based out of the University of Tennessee Knoxville and students in the Counseling Psychology program have the opportunity to work on the journal and get a first hand look at how the publication process works.

For more information on The University of Tennessee Knoxville

#31 Georgia State University

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Atlanta, GA

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Historically, all of the students in the Counseling Psychology doctorate program at Georgia State University have received funding throughout their time in the program. Funding through Graduate Research Assistantships, Dean’s Fellowships, and external grants, have included tuition remission and an annual stipend in the range of $12,000-$27,000. Teaching opportunities are also available to doctoral students. The program generally accepts 4-6 students each year depending on the needs of faculty and available funding. Students are matched with APA-accredited internship sites and there is a 100% match rate since 2008. Faculty choose students for the program to fit with their research teams.

  • Licensure Percentage: 78%
  • Tuition: $14,670
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.57

Faculty Areas of Expertise Include

Humility and forgiveness, stress and resilience, trauma, multiculturalism, spirituality, positive psychology, and prevention of bullying.

For more information on Georgia State University

#30 Texas A&M University

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College Station, TX

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Texas A&M University has three themes; Multiculturalism, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Community Engagement. The program aims to train students from diverse backgrounds with a range of clinical and research interests. Students are encouraged to design a program plan that allows them to become fully immersed in the learning process.

  • Licensure Percentage: 79%
  • Tuition: $5,297
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.73

Courses include

Techniques of Counseling, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Introduction to Group Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Professional Issues/ Ethics, Research Team, and Dissertation.

For more information on Texas A&M University

#29 University of St. Thomas

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Minneapolis, MN

Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of St. Thomas offers a Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology. A special opportunity offered at this program is the study abroad option. Students that are interested may choose to take the Diversity Issues in Counseling course and add an “intensely experiential component by traveling, living, and learning in the highly diverse, Southeast Asian country of Singapore”. Students participating in this experience will study with Singaporean MA counseling students. Students will be immersed in diverse languages, religions, and ethnicities. This program has enrolled more first year students (12-17 per year) over the last few years than counseling psychology doctoral programs generally accept (5-8 per year).

  • Licensure Percentage: 79%
  • Tuition: $23,568
  • Application Deadline: January 5th
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 4.70

Courses include

Vocational and Organizational Psychology, Quantitative Methods of Inquiry, Contemporary Approaches to Psychotherapy, Relationship Counseling, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Advanced Group and Social Behavior, Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology, and Doctoral Project.

For more information on University of St. Thomas

#28 The University of Memphis

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Memphis, TN

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Memphis Counseling Psychology doctoral program admits 7-8 students per year. The department has been able to offer funding through graduate assistantships to all students in the program who have wanted one over the last seven years. The Counseling Psychology program prepares students to be equally competent in clinical skills and research. Additionally, a focus is placed on serving diverse populations in urban settings. For prospective students interested in hearing about the program first hand a list of contact information for current students and graduates of the program is available for those with questions.

  • Licensure Percentage: 79%
  • Tuition: $10,656
  • Application Deadline: December 5th
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 4.50

Current research teams at the University of Memphis are studying topics including

International issues, multicultural and early family career issues, animal-assisted therapy, and masculinity.

For more information on University of Memphis

#27 Virginia Commonwealth University

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Richmond, VA

Ph D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers funding through teaching and research assistantships. Students in the program will receive full tuition remission and an income of approximately $10,000 per year. A research university, VCU also offers fellowships and grant-funded research assistantships. About 90% of students that begin the program complete it. The program is slightly more research oriented than clinically oriented. In working towards the goal of being one of the top three programs in Counseling Psychology in the country a strong emphasis is placed on students and faculty publishing and presenting research.

  • Licensure Percentage: 80%
  • Tuition: $9,021
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.98

Courses include

Research in Counseling Psychology, Intelligence Assessment, Theories of Counseling and Interviewing, Personal Awareness in Multicultural Counseling, Counseling Practicum, and Dissertation.

For more information on Virginia Commonwealth University

#26 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Carbondale, IL

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Science and practice is equally emphasized in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. This program has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1961. All first year students (5-7 students are admitted each year) are guaranteed financial assistance and typically will continue to receive assistance throughout four years of study. This program has received recognition for contributions to Vocational Psychology and Multicultural Psychology.

  • Licensure Percentage: 80%
  • Tuition: $29,550
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.59

Courses include

Research Methods, Research in Counseling, Fundamentals of Counseling, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counseling, and Ethical and Professional Issues.

For more information on Southern Illinois University Carbondale

#25 University of Florida


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Gainesville, FL

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Florida Counseling Psychology program offers a generous funding package to all students admitted into the counseling psychology doctoral program. Each student is funded with an assistantship or fellowship with benefits including tuition remission, health insurance, and an annual stipend of $15,500 to $20,500. Funding is typically maintained through five years of study. This program has been accredited by the APA since 1954. This program is committed to diversity and social justice and follows feminist and multicultural principles.

  • Licensure Percentage: 81%
  • Tuition: $1,139 / Credit Hour
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.91

Job Placements Upon Graduation Include

Clinical Staff, Post Doctoral Resident, Assistant Professor, Private Practice, Coordinator for Research and Technology, and Staff Psychologist.

For more information on University of Florida

#24 University of Denver

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Denver, CO

Ph D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Denver accepts 8 students annually. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model and encourages students to be critical consumers of theory, research and clinical practice in the field. Students are encouraged to develop individual plans of study to support them in their career interests and goals.

  • Licensure Percentage: 81%
  • Tuition: $34,260
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.68

Courses include

Psychological Assessment, Learning Applications and Analysis, Child Development, Counseling Theory, Counseling Psychology Seminar: Research, Diversity Seminar: Psychosocial Issues, Counseling Addictive Behavior, and Motivational Interviewing.

For more information on the University of Denver

#23 Boston College

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Chestnut Hill, MA

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

An emphasis of the the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College is attention to social justice and diversity in practice and research. The Counseling Psychology Program at Boston College is able to guarantee funding to students for their first three years. Funding is earned through an assistantship or fellowship and includes full tuition remission and a stipend. Faculty work with students in their third year and beyond to identify sources of and secure funding.

  • Licensure Percentage: 82%
  • Tuition: $26,460
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.92

Courses include

Multicultural Issues, Counseling Theory, Career Development, Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology, Quantitative Research Design, Psychological Testing, and Biological Bases of Behavior.

For more information on Boston College

#22 Purdue University

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West Lafayette, IN

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Program at Purdue University prioritizes research and supports students in publishing and presenting research. The program prepares graduates to integrate theory, research, and practice in their profession. Students at Purdue University are encouraged to promote social justice through involvement in the university and the local community.

  • Licensure Percentage: 82%
  • Tuition: $28,804
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.78

Courses include

Counseling Theory and Techniques, Group Counseling Theory and Techniques, Research Team, Personality Assessment, Clinical Assessment, Human Growth and Development, and Biological Bases of Behavior.

For more information on Purdue University

#21 University of Louisville

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Louisville, KY

Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services (Counseling Psychology)

The University of Louisville offers a Ph.D. program in Counseling and Personnel Services (CPS) with a Counseling Psychology specialization. Students in this program will have the opportunity to choose areas of interest to specialize in clinically and/or with research. Many students in the program will publish and present research at national conferences. Some graduate assistantships and employment opportunities are available to support students in funding their education.

  • Licensure Percentage: 83%
  • Tuition: $11,784
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Faculty Research Interests Include

Diversity, microaggressions, prevention of depression in adolescents, interpersonal relationships, forgiveness, religion and spirituality, vocational issues, international counseling, and gender issues.

For more information on University of Louisville

#20 Marquette University

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Milwaukee, WI

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Program at Marquette University uses a biopsychosocial approach in integrating science and practice. Students are encouraged to develop areas of specialization in both research and practice. Students will learn and strengthen their areas of expertises through practicum and internship placements, research and their dissertation. Students that enter the program with a master’s degree may be able to complete the coursework portion of the program in two years. The program values diversity and social justice and is working to increase racial and ethnic diversity among students and faculty.

  • Licensure Percentage: 84%
  • Tuition: $14,130
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Courses include

Statistics and Design, Child Psychopathology, Ethics, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Interviewing, Multicultural Issues, Consultation/ Supervision, and Practicum.

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#19 University of Miami

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Coral Gables, FL

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Miami’s Counseling Program can be completed with four years of coursework and one year of internship and the completion of a dissertation. The majority of students enter this program with a master’s degree but applicants with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Internship placements include college counseling centers, VA Medical Centers, community mental health agencies, and correctional facilities. Most students (with few exceptions) receive funding through graduate assistantships. Funding is also available through fellowships and scholarships.

  • Licensure Percentage: 85%
  • Tuition: $0
  • Application Deadline: December 10th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.00

Courses include

Lifespan Human Development, Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Assessment Strategies for Counselors, Counseling Process and Practice, Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Supervision in Counseling Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, and Qualitative Research Methods.

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#18 Brigham Young University

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Provo, UT

Ph. D. Counseling Psychology

Brigham Young University is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Because BYU is funded in part by tithes of Church members all LDS students pay the in state tuition rate. However, in an effort to increase diversity of spiritual/religious perspectives in the counseling psychology program, they have committed to provide financial assistance to non-LDS students allowing them to pay the same tuition as LDS students. An emphasis of this program is the integration of psychological and spiritual perspectives as well as high standards of ethical and professional conduct.

  • Licensure Percentage: 85%
  • Tuition: $7,888
  • Application Deadline: January 2nd.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.34

Courses include

Psychology Foundation Courses, Quantitative and Other Research Skill Courses, Psychological and Educational Assessment Courses, Professional Core in Counseling Psychology Courses, and Spirituality-Psychology Integration Courses.

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#17 University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Lincoln, NE

Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln is one of the oldest APA accredited counseling psychology programs in the country and has been accredited since 1958. Students are trained in the scientist-practitioner model. Students learn through collaborating with other students and faculty in classes and research. Students also learn through their clinical work. Possible field placements include local high schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers, crisis centers, and substance abuse facilities.

  • Licensure Percentage: 86.70%
  • Tuition: $14,252
  • Application Deadline: December 5th.

Current Faculty and student Areas of Interest Include

Career development, couple and family therapy, gender and multicultural issues, interpersonal relationship violence, positive psychology, sexual assault, and social justice.

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#16 University of North Dakota

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Grand Forks, ND

Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Program at the University of North Dakota aims to prepare individuals who are leaders in the field particularly in serving diverse and underserved populations. The program has relationships with numerous potential internship sites for students and has a history of matching the majority of students with APA approved internship sites. The Counseling Psychology program is a part of the Western Regional Graduate Program exchange, meaning that students from WICHE states (residents of 13 western states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) pay North Dakota resident tuition beginning their first year without having to wait one year to apply for in state residency. Additionally, all students receive partial or full tuition-waivers.

  • Licensure Percentage: 87%
  • Tuition: $19,703
  • Application Deadline: December 10th.

Courses include

Assessment in Counseling, Group Dynamics, Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development, Multicultural Counseling, Career Counseling, Cognitive Assessment, Research Methods, Research Issues in Counseling Psychology, Methods of Counseling, and Couples and Family Counseling.

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#15 University of Southern Mississippi

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Hattiesburg, MS

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi focuses on scientifically grounded practice. Students and faculty collaborate on research and publish and present on the local and national level. The Counseling Psychology program manages an on campus training clinic for students to provide services to the local community while receiving training and supervision from faculty. This cohort based program typically accepts 5 students annually. Funding for this program includes a full tuition waiver, stipend and 50% of health insurance premium in exchange for a 20 hour assistantship.

  • Licensure Percentage: 88%
  • Tuition: Tuition waived plus stipend for 50% health insurance premium
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.05

Courses include

Introduction to Counseling Theory, Teaching Seminar, Research Evaluation, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Research/ Dissertation, and History & Systems.

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#14 New Mexico State University

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Las Cruces, NM

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

New Mexico State University’s Counseling Psychology Program trains students in the scientist-practitioner model. All doctoral students in this program are assigned a faculty advisor to support them in their research and dissertation. Research projects are presented at a multicultural research symposium in the second year of study. Typically the first three years of the program are focused on coursework and the final year is focused on the internship and dissertation. All students in this program are eligible to pay in state tuition rates. Students accepted to this program will begin classes in the summer term.

  • Licensure Percentage: 88%
  • Tuition: $8,945
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.28

Areas of Skill Development Include

Appraisal of personality and intelligence, diagnosis and treatment planning, child and adolescent counseling, addictions counseling, ethics and professional issues, and research and statistics.

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#13 Utah State University

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Logan, UT

Ph.D. in Combined Program in Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology.

Utah State University trains doctoral students in a combination of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology. This is the only program on this list offering a combination of all three of these areas of study. This Combined Ph.D. program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings with diverse populations as mental health professionals and researchers. Practicum opportunities are available in a number of settings to meet the individual interests of students from the student counseling center, to an oncology clinic, to a residential eating disorder center and more.

  • Licensure Percentage: 89%
  • Tuition: $8,439
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.90

Electives include

Psychological Aspects of Sports, Career Development: Theory and Practice, Health Psychology, Addictive Behaviors, Rural Psychology, Pediatric Psychology, Grant Writing, and Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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#12 McGill University

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Montreal, QC

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

McGill University is located in Montreal, Canada. McGill offers several sources of funding for students in the Counseling Psychology program including assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships. The program accepts 5-10 students each year. Faculty have a range of research interests from psychotherapeutic interventions for cancer patients to multicultural competence among white clinicians

  • Licensure Percentage: 89%
  • Tuition: $13,781
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.37

Components of Program include

Coursework, 750 hour practicum, training in supervision, comprehensive examination, dissertation, full-year (1,600 hour) internship.

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#11 Auburn University

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Auburn, AL

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Auburn University’s Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program typically accepts 5-7 students a year. The assistantships for this program support students financially by allowing them to pay a reduced tuition rate. Priority for assistantships is given to students in the first year of the program but typically students are able to secure assistantships for subsequent years as well. Students in this program will have the opportunity to select courses to reflect their interests in clinical work or academic research.

  • Licensure Percentage: 89%
  • Tuition: $38,637
  • Application Deadline: December 11th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.08

Courses include

Theories of Counseling, Diverse Populations, Contemporary Issues in Counseling Psychology, Introduction to Counseling Practice, Practicum in Counseling Psychology, Research Design, Group Counseling, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Supervision- Theory and Practice.

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#10 University of Kansas

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Lawrence, KS

Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology

The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas was established in 1955. This program follows a scientist-practitioner model preparing counselors to utilize research in their clinical practice. This is a full time program that typically takes five to six years to complete. The program is committed to valuing diversity in all ways from selecting a diverse student body to multicultural research.

  • Licensure Percentage: 91%
  • Tuition: $849.45 / Credit Hour
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.

Faculty Research Interests Include

Psychology of Women, Career Decision Making, Counseling in International and Multicultural Contexts, Psychological Aspects of Leadership, and Positive Psychology.

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#9 University of North Texas

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Denton, TX

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of North Texas follows the scientist-practitioner model. This program prepares graduates to work in the field of counseling psychology with the ability to understand, contribute to, and apply research based outcomes to treatment and interventions. The Counseling Psychology Program emphasizes the importance of considering the context that contributes to challenges in individuals lives and attending to issues related to diversity, and developmental issues in counseling.

  • Licensure Percentage: 92%
  • Tuition: $ 14,744
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 7.19

Coursework in Counseling Concentration Includes

Psychotherapy, vocational and career counseling, group work, psychopathology, supervision, multicultural counseling, and ethics.

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#8 University of Missouri Kansas City

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Kansas City, MO

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Missouri Kansas City has several sources of funding for its students. Funding for this program is available (through the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology) in graduate assistantships (approximately 7 are provided each year with priority going to first year doctoral students) as well as several fellowships and scholarships. Most students in the program will receive some funding. Faculty are invested in a variety of research topics and encourage students to participate in faculty-guided research teams.

  • Licensure Percentage: 92%
  • Tuition: $15,915
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.60

Faculty Research Interests Include

Domestic Violence, Social Justice Advocacy, Sports Psychology, Immigrants and Refugees, Trauma, Multicultural Competencies in Counseling Training, and Positive Youth Development.

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#7 University of Oregon

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Eugene, OR

Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Oregon’s College of Education offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a focus on multicultural issues, diversity, and social justice. A unique feature of this program is the new Spanish Language Psychological Service and Research (SLPSR) Specialization. This specialization prepares eligible students to provide culturally competent counseling and research in Spanish with Latina/o populations. The majority of students (all but two over the last 10 years) that have applied for funding through graduate assistantships have received a placement. Scholarships and grants are also available to support students in their graduate education. Acceptance to this program is competitive with about 200 people applying for 6-8 openings each year.

  • Licensure Percentage: 94%
  • Tuition: $25,671
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 6.20

Courses include

Introduction to Counseling Psychology, Counseling Diverse Populations, Group Psychotherapy, Child/ Family Interventions, Developmental Psychopathology, Foundations of Educational Research, Internship, and Dissertation.

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#6 University of Oklahoma

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Norman, OK

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The University of Oklahoma’s Counseling Psychology program is working towards developing and using a scientist-practitioner-advocate training model. Research is a focus of this program and students are supported in the process of publishing and presenting research at conferences. Funding is available for Counseling Psychology doctoral students in graduate assistantships that cover tuition and a health insurance subsidy. A variety of assistantships are available in areas such as counseling, teaching, research, or community/University service. Priority for funding is given to first and second year students. Several scholarships and grants are also available. The Counseling Psychology program offers a mental health clinic to provide counseling services for individuals, couples, and families in the community.

  • Licensure Percentage: 94%
  • Tuition: $707.10 / Credit Hour
  • Application Deadline: January 10th.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 5.90

Courses include

Counseling Psychology Research, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Advanced Counseling Procedures, Couples and Family Counseling, Issues and Ethics in Counseling Psychology, and Mental Health: Assessment and Diagnosis.

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#5 Iowa State University

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Ames, IA

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at Iowa State University is committed to attracting a diverse student body and encourages students who can offer cultural diversity to apply. The students and faculty are also interested in expanding the research on multicultural issues. Research areas include topics such as the largest on-going study of African American families, assessment of counselors’ stereotypes toward sexual minorities, and Asian/Asian Americans’ coping with discrimination, acculturative stress, and minority stress. Funding is available through graduate assistantships, fellowships, grants, and awards.

  • Licensure Percentage: 94%
  • Tuition: $10,079
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.
  • Mean Number of Years to Complete Program: 4.87

Courses include

Research in Counseling, Techniques in Counseling, Group Counseling, Research Methods in Applied Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Race, Class, and Gender Inequality, and Qualitative Research.

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#4 University of Houston

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Houston, TX

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston prepares graduates to become mental health professionals and researchers. Because Houston is a city full of diversity the program is able to offer a range of sites for clinical training in working with diverse populations. Most students are able to obtain graduate assistantships and tuition fellowships to offset program costs.

  • Licensure Percentage: 95%
  • Tuition: $7,632
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Courses include

Advanced Theories of Counseling, Clinical Interventions in Counseling Psychology, Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Issues in Counseling, and Career Counseling.

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#3 University at Albany

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Albany, NY

Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology

The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Albany has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1980. The Counseling Psychology program accepts 6-8 students annually. The faculty represent a diverse range of theoretical orientations from cognitive behavioral, to systems, to feminist points of view. Students are encouraged to develop and integrate their own therapeutic style while maintaining researched based techniques and perspectives. All first-year Ph.D. students have graduate research assistantships that pay their tuition fully.

  • Licensure Percentage: 95.60%
  • Tuition: $0
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Courses include

Courses include: Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice, Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology, Theories and Research in Counseling Psychology, Assessment in Counseling Psychology, and Research Principles and Methods in Counseling.

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#2 Arizona State University

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Tempe, AZ

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

A doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is available from Arizona State University’s College of Letters and Sciences. This program follows the scientist-practitioner training model. A focus of this program is to prepare graduates to apply empirical data to their professional practice. Students can earn this degree in 3-5 years of full time study.

  • Licensure Percentage: 97%
  • Tuition: $19,530
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Faculty Research Interests include

At Risk Populations, Career Development, Multiculturalism, Positive Psychology, Process and Outcome in Therapy and Supervision.

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#1 Radford University

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Radford, VA

Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology

Radford University offers a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology that follows the practitioner-scholar model. The program emphasizes clinical training and applying research to practice. Particular areas of focus are social justice, diversity, and providing mental health services in rural communities. Students in this program are required to be enrolled full time. In order to apply for this program students must already have a Master’s Degree in a human services field. The program accepts five students per year. The program’s goal is to offer graduate assistantships to all admitted students so that they do not have to pay tuition.

  • Licensure Percentage: 100%
  • Tuition: $0
  • Application Deadline: December 1st.

Courses include

Introduction to Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Counseling, Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues, Human Growth and Lifespan Development, Advanced Research Methods in Counseling Psychology, Group Dynamics in Processing and Counseling, Practicum, and Dissertation.

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