Counseling Psychology, PhD
The Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) program is one of a variety of graduate programs offered in the School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education (APCE). This Applied Psychology and Counselor Education program is designed to develop counseling psychologists who can independently apply psychological principles to improve the well-being of individuals across the lifespan. The program focuses on developing competencies in the application of three treatment modalities: individual, group, and couples and family therapy. In addition, attention is directed toward the development of competencies in assessment, clinical supervision, advocacy, and program evaluation/research.
The Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) program subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model, with an emphasis on training practitioners to work with diverse populations. Graduates obtain employment in private practice, community agency, health care, business and academic settings. The program meets APA accreditation standards, which leads to eligibility for licensure as a psychologist.
- Fall Admissions: December 1
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 will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.
- Completed Online Application
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- One official copy of transcripts from all 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.)
- 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:
- Comment on why you want a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.
- What are your major professional goals (independent practice, research, teaching, administration).
- How did you select the University of Northern Colorado?
- Professional Background and Interests
- What are your three most significant professional experiences?
- What are your major professional interests?
- List any interest areas outside your professional interests.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Three Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Complete the Counseling Psychology Application Survey (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer based test and 550 on the paper based tests. An official copy of GRE scores (and TOEFL if an international applicant) needs to be submitted.
- Admission decisions are based on the professional judgment of the Counseling Psychology faculty, considering the above data, including personal characteristics and interpersonal communication style as assessed in the pre-admission workshop.
- Applications are evaluated on a competitive basis; positions are limited.