Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

In January 2010 the Counseling Psychology doctoral program became an APA-accredited Ph.D. program. Prior to this since 1995 our program was an APA-accredited Psy.D. program. We are now only a Ph.D. program. The program’s first Ph.D. degrees were conferred in 2010.

Time to Completion for All Students Entering the PhD Program

(Both Advanced Standing and entering with a Bachelor’s Degree)

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 0 0 4 4 9 8 5 30
Mean number of years to complete the program 0 0 5.17 6.08 5.19 5.16 4.87 5.29
Median number of years to complete the program 0 0 5.17 6.17 5.0 5.16 5.0 5.16
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 2 50 1 25 4 45 3 37 2 40 12 40
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 1 11 3 37 2 40 7 23
Students in 6 years 0 0 0 0 2 50 0 0 2 22 1 12.5 1 20 6 20
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 1 11 0 0 0 0 2 7
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 1 11 1 12.5 0 0 3 10

Time to Completion:

Since the year 2006, students entering the Counseling Psychology program with a Master's degree in counseling (or a closely related field) have taken on average 5.54 years (median 5.33) to graduate from our Ph.D. program. It should be noted that several students who had entered the Psy.D. program delayed their matriculation date and transitioned to the Ph.D. program, thus extending their time to graduation. In 2010, we had the first graduates from the Ph.D. program.

Time to Completion for Students entering the PhD Program with Advanced Standing

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 0 0 4 3 7 7 3 24
Mean number of years to complete the program 0 0 5.17 6.67 5.14 5.18 4.44 5.32
Median number of years to complete the program 0 0 5.17 7.33 4.0 5.33 4.33 5.17
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 2 50 0 0 4 58 3 43 2 67 11 46
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 2 28 1 33 4 17
Students in 6 years 0 0 0 0 2 50 0 0 1 14 1 14 0 0 4 17
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 1 14 0 0 0 0 2 8
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 1 14 1 14 0 0 3 12

Because we admitted our first cohort of students entering with a BA/BS degree in 2006, we only have limited time to completion data available. The program is structured so that those entering with a bachelor's degree could complete the program in 5 years. Students who had entered the Counseling Psychology program with a Bachelor's degree have taken on average 5.04 years (median 5.17) to graduate from our Ph.D. program. Below is a breakdown of the time to completion.

Time to Completion for Students entering the PhD Program with a Bachelor’s Degree

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 6
Mean number of years to complete the program 0 0 0 4.33 5.34 5 5.5 5.04
Median number of years to complete the program 0 0 0 4.33 5.34 5 5.5 5.17
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 100 0 0  0 0 0 1 17
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 50 1 100 1 50 3 50
Students in 6 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 50 0 0 1 50 2 33
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

For program admissions policies that allow students to enter with credit for prior graduate work please refer to the CP Student Handbook, in the Advising Procedures section, of the current students’ page.

Program Costs:


Description
2014-2015 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $15,525
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $32,157
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) $575 (in-state); $1,191 (out-of-state)
University/institution fees or costs $837
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $725

The cost of attending UNC varies depending upon 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) would qualify for resident tuition status starting their first year in the program. Applicants who are US citizens, but residents from 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: http://www.unco.edu/costs/

For more information regarding the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) go to http://www.wiche.edu/. For more information regarding WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) go to: http://wrgp.wiche.edu/

Students are eligible for federal loans, scholarships and grants. In the past three years all incoming students, second year students, and the majority of other returning students were offered assistantships through the program which paid for a portion of the student’s tuition and gave a stipend. Some students obtained 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 http://www.unco.edu/ofa/index.asp

The UNC graduate tuition estimator provides an approximation of a student's billing calculation: https://apps.unco.edu/tuitioncalc/

Internships:

Our doctoral students have successfully completed pre-doctoral internships at sites across the country. Doctoral students through 2009 were originally admitted into the previous Psy.D. program, and most took the option to switch over into the new Ph.D. program and graduated with a Ph.D. Our program now requires that students apply only to APA-accredited internship sites. Below are some data on student's outcomes:

Internship Placement- Ph.D. Program

Outcome    Year Applied for Internship
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships* 6 - 4 - 2 - 9 - 5 - 9 - 8 -
Students who obtained internships 6 100 4 100 1 50 9 100 5 100 7 78 8 100
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 3 50 4 100 1 50 7 78 5 100 6 67 8 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 3 50 0 0 0 0 2 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained  internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 0 0

Internship Placement – Ph.D. Program

 Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained internships 6 100 4 100 1 50 9 100 5 100 7 78 8 100
Students who obtained paid internships 6 100 4 100 1 100 9 100 5 100 7 100 8 100
Students who obtained half-time internships (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Attrition

Once admitted into our program, we work very hard to help ensure that students successfully progress toward degree completion. During the past 7 years our attrition, or dropout, rate has been about 4 percent (2 out of 50 students). Outcome data for our doctoral students for the past seven years are presented in the table below.

Variable Year of First Enrollment
2007-2008* 2008-2009* 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 6 - 9 - 7 - 7 - 7 - 7 - 7 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 4 67 6 67 6 86 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 2 33 3 33 1 14 6 86 6 86 7 100 6 86
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 0 0 1 14

 

*During these years students were admitted as Psy.D. students and then transitioned to the Ph.D.

Licensure


Outcome
2004-2005 to 2011-2012*
Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period 17
Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period 11
Licensure percentage 65%

*The program’s first Ph.D. degrees were conferred in 2010.