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 course work 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

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:

  • possess a baccalaureate or a master’s degree 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
  • have earned satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Aptitude Section; test scores must be less than five years old
  • demonstrate satisfactory command of oral and written English
  • 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 6603Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology3
or PSGE 6656 Multicultural Counseling
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 Services0
PSGE 8001Research Apprenticeship0
PSGE 8002Research Apprenticeship II 20
PSGE 7660Research: Min Level Achieve0
Doctoral Counseling Psychology Requirements
Career Development
PSGE 7640Psychology of Career Development3
PSGE 6645General Psychopathology3
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 7649Clinical Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology3
PSGE 7657Practicum in Supervision in Counseling Psychology3
Comprehensive Assessment
PSGE 0905Doctoral Comprehensive in Counseling Psychology Exam/Assessment (clinical practice)0
PSGE 0910Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in Counseling Psychology (research)0
PSGE 8999Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services (required) 33
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 Credits69

Completion Requirements

Students are admitted into the doctoral program on a provisional basis, and their progress is monitored through the matriculation review process and through 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.

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 the PhD in counseling psychology, students must meet the following requirements:

  • complete the prescribed program of study, including a minimum of 96 credits beyond the baccalaureate, or 45 credits beyond a master’s degree in counseling or a collateral field. Additional courses (such as master’s degree prerequisite courses; see PhD student handbook for more information) will be required
  • maintain a minimum overall graduate grade point average of 3.5 (B+ or better)
  • complete  PSGE 8001 Research Apprenticeship, including a one-year doctoral research apprenticeship project (minimum of two consecutive semesters) 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
  • complete all the requirements for the degree within eight years of initial registration in the program