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The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology requires not less than four years of full time study. This requirement includes:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Practicum
  • Candidacy Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Dissertation
  • One-year, Pre-doctoral Internship

Traditionally, students entering the Counseling Psychology Program with a master's degree in counseling or a related field may complete the program within four years of full-time study. For students entering the Program without a master's degree, a five-year degree plan is available. The leveling courses are designed to remediate those skills usually acquired in a master-level program, and still allow Counseling Psychology students to exit the program in five years. (See Doctoral Handbook)

Beyond course requirements, students are encouraged to pursue additional coursework within the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Psychology pertinent to their individual research interests and career goals.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Students enter the program with either a Master’s or Undergraduate degree. Please see the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program Handbook for the most current sample degree plans.