Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology

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Brief Statement on Recruitment

The Psy.D. Program at Saint Elizabeth University recognizes the significance of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in all aspects of the curriculum. The Psy.D. Program welcomes and intentionally recruits people of all backgrounds, especially individuals who identify with historically marginalized groups* who are underrepresented in counseling psychology.


The Psy.D. is a four-year, full-time program with courses being offered in the fall, spring and summer. In order to facilitate a more supportive learning environment, the doctoral program utilizes a cohort model.

The curriculum consists of 88 credits of which 15 credits are completed by students through required courses in their master's programs and transferred into the Psy.D. program. The required courses are: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling.

Although a three-credit 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 masters-level courses, the curriculum includes 73 credits in doctoral-level coursework and supervision.

For more detailed information about the Psy.D. program’s academic policies, see the Psy.D. Student Handbook.

Accreditation and Licensure Information

On April 5, 2020, our Psy.D. Program in Counseling Psychology was granted "accredited, on contingency" status by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association.

The American Psychological Association (APA) grants this accredited status to new programs such as ours which began in 2013. The expiration date of the contingent status is April 5, 2025.

Kindly direct questions related to our program's accredited status to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Many graduates of our program are licensed psychologists or permit holders in New Jersey.