Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology Program FAQs

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology Program FAQs

Although we cannot guarantee funding, in practice, most students in their first four years of the doctoral program are funded either by a fellowship and/or a student academic appointment (graduate assistantship or an associate instructor position) that includes a stipend, tuition fee remission covering most or all credits in an academic year, and health insurance. Students are encouraged to seek out funding opportunities, and we also assist them by identifying student academic appointments they can apply for.

The ideal student has a genuine interest in both research and counseling practice and shares our commitment to social justice and multiculturalism.

Graduates of our program include professors in research-intensive and teaching-oriented universities, psychologists in university counseling centers, hospitals, and private practice, as well as sport psychologists. 

  • Our doctoral program offers interdisciplinary diversity, and our students benefit from the breadth of academic courses offered at a large research-intensive university. All students minor in an area outside counseling psychology. Examples of doctoral minors include sport psychology, race and racism, sexuality, gender studies, addictive behaviors, public health, and human development.
  • About half of our doctoral students are students of color. Likewise, most of our faculty members identify as people of color and have professional and/or research interests in multicultural and social justice topics.
  • Most doctoral students have opportunities to teach undergraduate courses. If you enjoy or are interested in teaching, our program could be a good fit for you.
  • Our program has an open-door policy in regard to research. Although doctoral students are assigned advisors who serve as their primary research mentors, all students are free to work with any professor on their research projects. This open-door policy provides ample opportunities for students to gain diverse research experiences and co-authorship on multiple publications.

No. Ours is a full-time program and will not be a good fit for part-time students.

Students in a master’s program in counseling are welcome to submit an application to our doctoral program, although we don’t have a procedure for students to directly transfer from one program to another.

No. Although some of our courses are offered online, most classes are conducted in person.

Absolutely! You can read student testimonials here, and you can also fill out this form to reach out to one of our student ambassadors for more information about their experience in the program.