Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.)

NYSED 86174

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
Phone: 202-336-5979

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

Course Title Credits
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
Social Psychology
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
Multicultural Counseling
Individual Differences/Human Development
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Doctoral Research Core12 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 and Education I
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education II
Assessment in Counseling
Experimental Design
Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods I
Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods II
Application of Multivariate Techniques in Education and Psychology
Psychometric Theory
Proseminar in Psychological and Educational Services
Doctoral Counseling Psychology Requirements
Career Development3
Psychology of Career Development
General Psychopathology
PSGE 7611
Assessment in Personality
Intervention Procedures12
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 Supervision6
Clinical Supervision and Consultation in Counseling Psychology
Practicum in Supervision in Counseling Psychology
Comprehensive Assessment0
Doctoral Comprehensive in Counseling Psychology Exam/Assessment (clinical practice)
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment in Counseling Psychology (research)
Dissertation Seminar
PSGE 8999Dissertation Seminar in Psychological and Educational Services (required) 33
Dissertation Mentoring
EDGE 9999Dissertation Mentoring 40
Full time Internship 5
PSGE 7667Internship in Counseling Psychology I0
PSGE 7668Internship in Counseling Psychology II0
PSGE 7669Internship in Counseling Psychology III0
Total Credits63-78

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 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