Admissions Criteria and Requirements

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The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is a four-year, full-time, cohort-based program with courses being offered in the fall, spring and summer. The curriculum consists of 88 credits of which 15 credits of master's degree courses are accepted in transfer and count toward the 88 credits required for the Psy.D. degree. Applicants’ transcripts and course syllabi will be reviewed to determine the total credits accepted in transfer and/or that need to be completed while in the doctoral program.

Although a master's level course in Group Counseling is a prerequisite to the program, it is not accepted as a transfer course. In addition to these 15 credits in master's-level courses, the curriculum includes 73 credits in doctoral-level coursework and supervision.

Academic Requirements

  1. Have completed a master's degree in counseling psychology or its equivalent.
  2. Have a satisfactory degree of professional or applied experience (e.g., master's level practicum or internship, volunteer or paraprofessional helping experience, or employment in clinical settings).


Admissions Requirements


  1. Completed application
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Current Resume
  4. 3 Letters of Recommendation: At least one recommendation should be from a faculty member or professor and at least one from a professional reference
  5. 500-word Personal Statement (1-2 pages). Why are you interested in obtaining a graduate degree? What are your long-term goals and how will a graduate degree help you achieve them?
  6. Official GRE Scores optional


Unofficial transcripts, resume, essay and letters of recommendation can be submitted as part of the online application.

*Students are encouraged to apply prior to December 1st as there are limited seats available. Applications received after April 1st will be considered on a case by case basis if seats are available.

Graduate GPA, personal statement, and professional experience tend to be weighted more heavily by the faculty; however, each application is considered from a holistic perspective. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with representatives of the Psy.D. faculty.

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