Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.)

NYSED 86174

The Ph.D. program in counseling psychology is guided by a reflective, scientist-practitioner model of training and dedicated to the preparation of culturally competent and ethical psychologists. Our doctoral program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the major areas of psychological theory and research, as well as a deep understanding of how these areas relate to and influence counseling practice. Furthermore, our program emphasizes multicultural counseling competencies, professional ethics, and social justice advocacy.

Program graduates will have satisfied the academic and internship requirements for licensing as a psychologist in New York state. Upon completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, students are qualified for practice either independently or in colleges, agencies, clinics, hospitals, or other clinical settings, and are also prepared for research or academic careers. 

The program is structured so that it is open both to those who have already completed a master’s degree or professional diploma program in counseling and to those who have had no previous graduate coursework in the field. The number of credits needed to complete the program is based on a student's standing upon entry.

The Ph.D. degree program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association:

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

CIP Code

42.2803 - Counseling Psychology.

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The program actively seeks students who have demonstrated an ability to excel academically, are dedicated to developing their research and clinical competence, and whose primary professional goal is to work in an applied clinical, research, or academic setting within the field of psychology. Students gain the expertise to enter professional practice as psychologists and independent researchers through coursework and extensive supervised experience. 

Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in counseling psychology must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the Graduate School of Education and these program-specific admission criteria:

  • have an earned baccalaureate from an accredited college or university;
  • have academic and professional goals consistent with the objectives and purposes of the program;
  • show evidence of professional promise (personal, interpersonal, and intellectual characteristics appropriate to the profession and the ability to communicate effectively). Such evidence may be contained in the student’s application for admission or be sought in an interview with the program faculty;
  • have earned a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B or better) or a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 (B+ or better);
  • provide a minimum of two reference reports;
  • demonstrate satisfactory command of oral and written English; and
  • provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, meningitis, and rubella.

Program of Study

Course Title Credits
Psychology Core
Ethics in Professional Practice
PSGE 8672Social and Ethical Responsibilities in Counseling Psychology 13
Cognitive/Affective Aspects of Behavior
PSGE 6312Psychology of Cognition and Affect3
Social Aspects of Behavior
PSGE 6345Social Psychology3
Biological Aspects of Behavior
PSGE 7435Neurobiological Bases of Human Behavior3
Individual Differences/Human Development
PSGE 7301Advanced Developmental Psychology3
Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Core
PSGE 6615History and Systems of Psychology3
Doctoral Research Core
PSGE 7681Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education I3
PSGE 7682Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education II3
PSGE 7683Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods I3
PSGE 7684Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods II3
PSGE 7711Psychometric Theory3
PSGE 7900Proseminar in Psychological and Educational Services (taken twice)0
PSGE 8001
PSGE 8002
Research Apprenticeship
and Research Apprenticeship II 2
PSGE 7660Research: Min Level Achieve0
Doctoral Counseling Psychology Requirements
Career Development
PSGE 7640Psychology of Career Development3
PSGE 7612Assessment in Personality3
PSGE 7613Intell Asst: Child/Adult3
Intervention Procedures
PSGE 7654Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology I3
PSGE 7655Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology II3
PSGE 7656Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology III3
PSGE 7658Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology IV3
Consultation and Supervision
PSGE 7657Supervision and Consultation with Practicum3
Comprehensive Assessment
PSGE 0905Doctoral Comprehensive in Counseling Psychology Exam/Assessment (clinical practice)0
PSGE 0910Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in Counseling Psychology (research)0
Permanent Matriculation Status
PSGE 0900Permanent Matriculation 0
PSGE 8999Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services 36
PSGE 0999PES Proposal Acceptance0
EDGE 0990Dissertation Oral Defense0
EDGE 0999Dissertation Format Review0
Full-Time Internship 4
PSGE 7667Internship in Counseling Psychology I0
PSGE 7668Internship in Counseling Psychology II0
PSGE 7669Internship in Counseling Psychology III0
Total Credits63

This course must be taken in the student’s first semester of study.


After taking PSGE 8001 Research Apprenticeship, students take PSGE 8002 Research Apprenticeship II until they complete their apprenticeship by earning a grade of "S" (Satisfactory). A minimum of two consecutive semesters is required.


A minimum of 6 credits of PSGE 8999 must be completed as part of the degree. Students are required to register for PSGE 8999 each semester (fall and spring) while completing dissertation work, through the semester of their oral defense. Students are assessed three credits of tuition charges for each semester of enrollment in the Dissertation Seminar.


A one-year, full time APPIC internship must be completed. The internship occurs following completion of all coursework and comprehensive exams. Students must have an approved dissertation proposal prior to applying for their internship. Prior approval must be obtained from the program faculty before internship. Completing an APA-accredited internship is strongly encouraged.

Completion Requirements

Students are admitted into the doctoral program on a provisional basis, and their progress is monitored through the matriculation review process and periodic review by their mentor, adviser, program coordinator, chairperson, and division faculty in dissertation seminar. Students apply for permanent matriculation during the semester after they complete 12 to 15 credits.

Students are held to the Graduate School of Education's school-wide policies and procedures.

Acceptance into the program carries with it the responsibility to uphold the published ethical standards of the American Psychological Association. Violation of ethical standards may result in termination from the program. The program reserves the right to review the progress of students and to terminate students from the program on the basis of inability to meet academic, personal, or professional standards.

To complete a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, students must meet the following requirements:

  • complete the prescribed program of study. Additional courses (such as master's-level prerequisite courses—see information in the section below) may be required;
  • maintain a minimum overall graduate grade point average of 3.5 (B+ or better);
  • complete a one-year doctoral research apprenticeship project (minimum of two consecutive semesters, PSGE 8001 Research Apprenticeship and PSGE 8002 Research Apprenticeship II) under the supervision of a member of the faculty;
  • complete an end-of-program comprehensive assessment;
  • complete PSGE 8999 Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services, including the preparation of an original dissertation under the direction of a mentor and committee of faculty;
  • develop and defend in an oral examination an original dissertation in the area of counseling psychology;
  • complete a predoctoral internship; and
  • complete all the requirements for the degree within eight years of initial registration in the program.

Master's-Level Prerequisites

Students entering with a master's degree will undergo a transcript review to ascertain if there are any additional courses that may be required. Based on an analysis of their prior graduate coursework, prerequisite courses may be required. Students entering with a B.A./B.S. must complete their M.S.E. in mental health counseling en route to the Ph.D. in counseling psychology.

Students entering with a B.A./B.S. must complete prerequisite courses in:

Course Title Credits
PSGE 5621
PSGE 5623
Foundation of Professional Counseling and Consultation
and Clinical Instr Couns Process
PSGE 5631
PSGE 5633
Couns Theory & Practice
and Pre-Practicum in Applications of Counseling Theory to Practice
PSGE 6603Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology3
or PSGE 6656 Multicultural Counseling
PSGE 6630
PSGE 6632
Group Counseling
and Pre-Practicum in Groups
PSGE 6640
PSGE 6642
Career Counseling
and Practicum in Career Counseling
PSGE 6645General Psychopathology3
PSGE 6607Assessment in Counseling3
PSGE 6651
PSGE 6653
Field Experience I in Mental Health Counseling
and Field Experience II in Mental Health Counseling
PSGE 5625Theories Fam Couns: Asst3
PSGE 6605Counseling Program Development and Evaluation3