Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. degree program in counseling psychology is based on the scientist-practitioner model and is fully accredited by:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
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 settings and are also prepared for research or academic careers. In addition, program graduates will have satisfied the academic and internship requirements for licensing as a psychologist in New York state.
The program is structured so that it is open both to those who have already completed an appropriate master’s degree or professional diploma program in counseling and to those who have had no previous graduate work in the field. The number of credits needed to complete the program is based upon students' standing upon entry.
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
|Psychology Core||18 to 21|
|Ethics in Professional Practice|
|Social and Ethical Responsibilities in Counseling Psychology 1|
|Cognitive/Affective Aspects of Behavior|
|Psychology of Cognition and Affect|
|Social Aspects of Behavior|
|Biological Aspects of Behavior|
|Neurobiology Bases of Behavior|
|History and Systems of Psychology|
|History and Systems of Psychology|
|Multicultural Issues in Psychology|
|Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology|
or PSGE 6656
|Individual Differences/Human Development|
|Advanced Developmental Psychology|
|Doctoral Research Core||12 to 24|
|Students are required to take the proseminar, advanced research, measurement, and statistics courses. If students need the introductory-level courses in these areas, those courses also become part of this core. 2|
|Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology I|
|Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology II|
|Assessment in Counseling|
|Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods I|
|Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods II|
|Application of Multivariate Techniques in Education and Psychology|
|Proseminar in Psychological and Educational Services|
|Doctoral Counseling Psychology Requirements|
|Psychology of Career Development|
|Assessment in Personality|
|Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology I|
|Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology II|
|Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology III|
|Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology IV|
|Consultation and Supervision||6|
|Clinical Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology|
|Practicum in Supervision in Counseling Psychology|
|Doctoral Comprehensive in Counseling Psychology Exam/Assessment (clinical practice)|
|Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in Counseling Psychology (research)|
|PSGE 8999||Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services (required) 3||3|
|EDGE 9999||Dissertation Mentoring 4||0|
|Full time Internship 5|
|PSGE 7667||Internship in Counseling Psychology I||0|
|PSGE 7668||Internship in Counseling Psychology II||0|
|PSGE 7669||Internship in Counseling Psychology III||0|
This course must be taken in the student’s first semester of study.
Students are required to take the proseminar, advanced research, measurement, and statistics courses. If students need the introductory-level courses in these areas, those courses also become part of this core. The number of required credits in the research core, accordingly, ranges from 12 to 24.
Students register for Dissertation Seminar each fall and spring semester until the semester of their oral defense.
Students register for this course for the semester when they anticipate their oral defense.
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.
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 a one-year doctoral research apprenticeship project (two consecutive semesters and a summer), including participation in PSGE 8001 Research Apprenticeship, which includes monthly seminars, as well as a research apprenticeship 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