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 1st
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials in a single packet along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.
- 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: Quantitative & Verbal Reasoning: Combined score of at least 400;
- Analytic Writing 3.5
- Supplementary Data Sheet (This will be submitted to the Counseling Psychology program.)
- Current Vita (This will be submitted to the Counseling Psychology program.)
- Written Statement – answering these topics (this will be submitted to the Counseling Psychology program):
- Applicant’s mental health experiences
- Professional background/interests and aspirations
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Completed Online Application
- Three Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
- 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.