Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Counseling Psychology

Is this Program for Me?

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program trains psychologists to become health service psychologists and psychological researchers. Our nationally recognized and competitive program offers challenging curriculum, a supportive student environment, student-faculty mentorship, excellent and diverse sites for clinical training, and multiple opportunities for research. The Counseling Psychology Program has been nationally accredited by the American Psychological Association* since 1987.

The program's general goals are:

  • Train Counseling Psychologists who are skilled in the practice of professional psychology in a variety of settings with diverse urban populations.
  • Produce graduates who are knowledgeable of the foundational base of psychological science and are able to contribute to the empirical body of knowledge in the field of counseling psychology.
  • Train Counseling Psychologists who display ethical behavior and professionalism.

It will typically take 4 to 5 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (When enrolled full-time, at least 9 hours).

What will I learn?

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Practicum
  • Candidacy research project
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

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 page 13 of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program Handbook for the most current sample degree plans.

What can I do with my degree?

The program offers the preparation necessary for students to apply for licensure as psychologists in Texas and other states and provinces. Our graduates are employed in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Colleges and University Psychology Departments
  • University and College Counseling Centers
  • Community Agencies
  • Clinics
  • Private Practice
  • K-12 schools

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.

*Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242. Phone: (202) 336-5979