Counseling Psychology Prospective students

Thank you for your interest in our APA accredited PhD program in Counseling Psychology! The faculty and staff at the University of Northern Colorado are a group of committed professionals who strive to give our students a world class educational experience at a reasonable cost. Our program admits students with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

The Counseling Psychology program is in the Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education, which is a part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. UNC is a Carnegie Research Intensive Institution with approximately 13,000 students. The Department is housed on the second floor of McKee Hall (Campus Map). Our space includes classrooms, offices, seminar rooms, the Psychological Services Clinic, Diagnostic Materials Library, and student resource rooms. Greeley is a community of approximately 90,000 and is located one hour north of Denver and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park.

As a prospective student you probably have many questions about our program. We have designed this website to answer the most commonly asked questions. If after reviewing our website you still have questions, please contact:

Stephen Wright, PhD
Coordinator and Director of Training
PhD program in Counseling Psychology
200-A McKee Hall/Campus Box 131
The University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1838

What is the Composition of your Student Body?

Our student body ranges in age from their mid 20’s to mid 40’s. Currently, 75 percent of our students are female and 29 percent are members of underrepresented groups. Nine percent of our students have come from foreign countries to study at UNC (China, Taiwan, Switzerland/Germany, and Thailand). At UNC we embrace the cultural and individual diversity of all of our students and faculty.

What are your Admission Requirements?

Our minimum admission requirements for full admission are determined by the Graduate School and include:

  • GPA at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE Verbal score of at least 146 & Quantitative score of at least 140 or 297 total on the new score scale.
  • Analytical Writing score at least 3.5
  • TOEFL score (for International Students) need to be at least 213 on the computer based test and 550 on the paper based test.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)

(Students who do not meet one or more of the above requirements may still be admitted and placed on conditional admission for their first semester.)

What are the Average Scores for Admitted Students?

The average scores for students who have been admitted since during the past 7 years are considerably higher than the minimum scores established by the Graduate School.

Admitted with MA/MS Degree

Admitted with BA/BS Degree

GPA (4 point scale)


GPA (4 point scale)


GRE Verbal (old scale/new scale)


GRE Verbal (old scale/new scale)


GRE Quantitative (old scale/new scale)


GRE Quantitative (old scale/new scale)


Analytical Writing (range)


Analytical Writing (range)






How Many Applications do you Receive? How Many do you Admit?

While the number of applications we receive can vary greatly from year to year, recently we have been receiving between 130-150 applications and we have admitted 6-9 students. We typically admit 4-5 MA applicants and 2-4 BA applicants.

What are the Application Procedures?

Applying to the Counseling Psychology Program is a TWO STEP process.

Step 1: Apply to UNC’s Graduate School & International Admissions office.

Download a Graduate School application. You can also call (970) 351-2831 to get an application sent to you. You can also write for an application by sending your request to The Graduate School, University of Northern Colorado, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639, or emailing the Graduate School at:
The Graduate School application will also request official copies of your transcripts, letters of recommendation (with UNC’s Recommender Evaluation Form), copies of GRE results and the application fee. International applicants will be asked to provide their TOEFL scores as well.

Step 2: Complete the Counseling Psychology Program’s Supplemental Data Form and Application Questions.

The supplemental data form and application questions can be obtained (following this link). Along with this supplemental information, please include a copy of your vita.

You can also email (as a SINGLE PDF file saved as lastname.first.pdf) your completed documents in this order:

  1. Supplemental Data Form
  2. Application Questions and
  3. Your vita/resume to

What is the Application Deadline?

The application deadline is December 1st of each year. We only admit students in the spring semester to start the program the following fall semester. Once admitted, it is not possible to delay starting the program.

How Long do I have to Wait to Know if I got Accepted?

The faculty will review your written material, and by late January we will invite approximately 30 finalists to campus for an admissions workshop. The workshop is typically on the 2nd or 3rd Friday in February. If attending the workshop creates a hardship for finalists, they can also record their responses to the interview questions. By the end of February we make our initial offers. Applicants have until April 15th to decide if they want to attend UNC. If someone declines our offer of admission, we make an offer to one of our alternates.

Offers are made in the spring for students to start classes in the fall semester. Because we train on a cohort model, it is not possible to delay starting your program.

How Much does it Cost to Attend UNC?

Description 2012-2013 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $15,066
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $31,698
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) $558 (in-state); $1,174 (out-of-state)
University/institution fees or costs $1,121
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $725

Tuition at UNC varies depending upon your residency status. The Counseling Psychology Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program. What membership in the WRGP means is that applicants who are residents of 15 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) qualify for resident tuition status starting their first year in the program. Applicants who are US citizens, but residents of other states would need to pay nonresident tuition their first year on campus, but could then qualify for resident tuition status after 1 year in Colorado. International students currently remain classified as nonresidents throughout their degree program. Current information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Costs website by going to

For more information regarding the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) go to For more information regarding WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) go to

Students are eligible for federal loans, scholarships and grants. In the past three years all incoming students and the majority of our returning students were offered assistantships through the program that pay for a portion of the student’s tuition and give a stipend. Some students obtain assistantships across the campus (e.g., Career Services, Disability Support Services, University 101, School of Psychological Sciences). For more information regarding financial aid, please refer to