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 Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity 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?

We welcome your application to our APA Accredited Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.

Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant's request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials by the December 1 deadline will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

  • Completed Graduate SchoolOnline Application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
  • One official copy of transcripts from each accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni do not need to submit UNC transcripts.
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology/counseling or a related field
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
  • Required Minimum: 140 Quantitative; 146 Verbal Reasoning; Combined score of at least 297; Analytic Writing 3.5
  • Supplementary Data Sheet (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and clinical skills (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
  • Current Vita (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.) Be sure your vita lists mental health related work experiences you have had. This can include either paid or volunteer experiences such as research assistantships, teaching assistantships and applied clinical experiences. Please list paid and volunteer experiences separately and list your most recent positions first. Your listing should include the name of each employer/supervisor, location (city/state), the dates of employment/involvement, and a brief statement describing your major responsibilities. Also be sure your vita lists any professional activities you have had. Please list any professional presentations and/or publications in APA format. This can also include works in progress. Finally, if you have any special recognitions or awards, be sure they are included in your vita.
  • Statement of goals. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.) Please respond to the following two questions in a maximum of two single spaced typed pages.
    • Professional Aspirations
      1. Comment on why you want a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.
      2. What are your major professional goals (independent practice, research, teaching, administration).
      3. How did you select the University of Northern Colorado?
    • Professional Background and Interests
      1. What are your three most significant professional experiences?
      2. What are your major professional interests?
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    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.