Degrees & Programs

Counseling Psychology

Few careers offer the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life nearly every day. Counseling psychology is one of them.

Our Ph.D. program in counseling psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner training model, with strong emphasis on multicultural issues and opportunities for specialized training. Students will be trained to be researchers, practitioners, consultants, and faculty members.


The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's 6th best program in student counseling & personnel services. Graduates of this program work as psychologists in college counseling centers, faculty members at universities and colleges, private practitioners, and psychologists in other healthcare facilities.

At Indiana University, we believe in training counseling psychologists who adhere to the scientist-practitioner model. Moreover, we strive for a culturally informed integration of science and practice.


The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

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The School of Education offers the following degree in Counseling Psychology:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Become a counseling psychologist through a program where your knowledge of theoretical systems informs your clinical approach, and your practice guides your research.

In this 90-credit hour program, you’ll learn to apply psychological principles with an understanding of and respect for differing world views. You’ll undertake original research under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

You’ll get real-world experience as both a counselor and a counselor supervisor. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as a psychologist, administrator, or faculty member in mental health centers, college counseling centers, private practice, higher education, or other settings where counseling psychology skills are needed.

While we prefer students who have a master’s degree in counseling or an undergraduate degree in psychology, the program welcomes qualified applicants from many disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Major (36 cr.)

The intent of the sequence of courses in the major area is to help ground students in Counseling Psychology and prepare them as effective scientist-practitioners. Courses from related areas of study may be added if their relevance to the major can be demonstrated, and if approval is secured. Requests for adding courses are made to the student's advisor initially, and then to the Program of Studies Committee members. Six hours of inquiry course work in the major are required, in addition to the Inquiry Core component. Inquiry course work in the major for Counseling Psychology includes three (3) credits of G650 Counseling Psychology Early Inquiry Seminar  (Early Inquiry Experience) and three (3) credits of G685 Seminar in Counseling Research Methods (Inquiry Linkage).

Although the School of Education requires all doctoral students to take a minimum of 36 hours in the major, the Counseling Psychology program requires all of the following courses:

  • G505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures (3 cr.)
  • G522 Counseling Theory (3 cr.). Must be taken concurrently with G523.
  • G523 Laboratory in Counseling (3 cr.). Must be taken concurrently with G522.
  • G524 Practicum in Counseling (3 cr.). G522 and G523, or their equivalents, are prerequisites for enrollment in this course.
  • G532 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G552 Career Counseling: Theory/Practice (3 cr.)
  • G567 Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G575 Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G600 Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology (1 cr. in Fall, 2 cr. in Spring). This course may be credited toward the substantive core requirement, but cannot double-count in computing total credit hours.
  • G602 Advanced Multicultural Career Counseling and Consultation (3 credits)
  • G622 Advanced Theories of Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G624 Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)
  • G625 Advanced Practicum: Individual Supervision (1 credit enrolled under the faculty supervisor’s section. If supervised by off-site supervisor, enroll under IU Training Director’s section)
  • G615 Seminar in Psychodiagnostics (3 cr.)
  • G763 Advanced Practicum in Counseling Supervision (3 cr.)
  • P655 Cognitive Assessment and Intervention (4 credits)
  • P691 Personality Assessment and Intervention (3 cr.)
  • G685 Seminar in Counseling Research Methods (Inquiry Linkage) (3 cr.)
  • G650 Counseling Psychology Early Inquiry Seminar (Early Inquiry Experience, 3 credits)

Inquiry Core (15 cr. minimum)

This program component emphasizes inquiry methodology skills, which provide a broad basis for conducting original research. Only 15 credits of inquiry are required. However, if students take all of their inquiry courses at Indiana University, the total will be 16 credits because of the lab associated with Y502.

The following are the required courses:

  • Y502/Y500 Intermediate Statistics (4 cr.)
  • Y527 Educational Assessment and Psychological Measurement (3 cr.)
  • Y604/Y500 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3 cr.)

Elect 2 courses from the following:

  • Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3 credits)
  • Y611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3 credits)
  • Other approved graduate level inquiry courses

Minor (12 cr.)

The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are normally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary minor is also possible. If courses in the minor are from more than one program area, a written description of the minor's underlying theme must be provided along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme. This written description is typically limited to two pages and submitted to the student’s Program of Studies Committee. Major area courses (those within the Counseling Psychology program) may not be used in the minor. A few minors that have been selected by doctoral students in recent years include educational inquiry, human development, sport psychology, public health, organizational behavior, gender studies, and various interdisciplinary studies.

Electives or Second Minor (up to 27 cr.)

The School of Education requires a minimum of 6 elective credit hours intended to ensure that students have flexibility in their programs from stipulating all of the minimum 90 credit hours of the doctoral program. It is expected that most students will have more than six elective credit hours. It should also be noted that at least 27 hours in the student's program must come from outside the major. Most students take additional Psychological Foundations courses as their electives or second minor.

Additional Psychological Foundations Requirements

Courses in this area satisfy additional accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association. These courses also satisfy psychology licensure requirements in many states. Because these courses are unique requirements in the Counseling Psychology program, they can in some cases double count in one of the areas listed above.

History and Systems

  • P601 Educational and Historical Foundations of Psychology (3 credits)

Biological Aspects of Behavior

  • P624 Brain Research (3 cr.)
  • PSY667 Neuropsychopharmacology (3 cr.)

Cognitive Aspects of Behavior

  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3 credits) OR
  • P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies (3 credits)

Social Aspects of Behavior

  • G656 Social Bases of Behavior (3 credits)

Human Development

  • P514 Lifespan Development (3 cr.)

Dissertation (15 cr.)

  • At least three (3) credit hours of G795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of G799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction

Internship (Total 3 hours)
Three credit hours of G699: Internship in Counseling Psychology must be taken during the year-long pre-doctoral internship (1 credit in each of the three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer). An end-of-year evaluation from the internship training director must be submitted to the IU Counseling Psychology Program Director to receive a grade for G699.


Our faculty members are both experienced clinical practitioners and innovators in the field of counseling psychology. Their research interests are broad, including 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.


Our graduates are working in a variety of settings, including higher education, university counseling centers, community mental health, private practice, hospitals, and Veterans Administration.

We have a strong professional network throughout the United States and abroad. Your faculty mentors will facilitate your professional development and help you achieve your career goals.


For more information on counseling degrees, please contact us:

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Phone: (812) 856-8300