Counseling Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy

The CEP Department offers a doctoral program that leads to a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  For more information on this accreditation contact                                            

The Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979.

The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model through which both research and service delivery skills are acquired. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct research, provide service, teach and supervise. The program prepares students for licensure as psychologists. The two aims of the program are:

  1. To prepare entry level counseling psychologists who are self-reflective and competent in both the practice and science of the profession.
  2. To prepare counseling psychologists who think critically about the socio-cultural context of their work and promote social justice

Annual application deadline: December 15

For more information on program application requirements and process, see Counseling Psychology, Ph.D., program website.

Program Requirements

CEP faculty conduct periodic reviews of students’ progress in the programs, including their academic performance, counseling and psycho-educational skills, professionalism and ethics. Deficits identified through faculty reviews may result in recommendations that students engage in remedial work or that they pursue alternative career goals. 

Program of Study

Prefix Title Credits
CEPY 520The Art & Science of Mindfulness (CEP elective)1-3
CEPY 540History and Systems of Psychology3
CEPY 556Addictions Counseling3
CEPY 579Clinical Psychopharmacology3
CEPY 563Primary Care Psychology3
CEPY 612Human Development3
or CEPY 512 Human Development
CEPY 615Cognitive and Affective Bases Behavior3
CEPY 617Psychology of Multiculturalism3
CEPY 619Psychology of Social Identities3
CEPY 622Ethical/Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology3
CEPY 632Counseling Psychology Research3
CEPY 634Introduction to Qualitative Research3
CEPY 636Advanced Statistics3
CEPY 637Multivariate Statistics3
CEPY 642Psychometrics3
CEPY 647Appraisal of Cognitive Functioning3
CEPY 648Appraisal of Personality3
CEPY 651Diagnosis and Treatment Planning3
or CEPY 551 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CEPY 652Career/Life Planning and Vocational Assessment3
or CEPY 552 Career/Life Planning and Vocational Assessment
CEPY 658Child and Adolescent Counseling Theory and Technique (CEP elective)3
or CEPY 558 Child and Adolescent Counseling Theory and Technique
CEPY 662Family Therapy Theory and Technique (CEP elective)3
or CEPY 562 Family Therapy Theory and Technique
CEPY 670Behavioral Health Practicum3
CEPY 673Counseling Psychology Theory/Practicum3
CEPY 677Group Work Theory/Practicum3
CEPY 678Advanced Counseling Psychology Practicum6
CEPY 679Supervision Theory and Practicum3
CEPY 680Internship in Counseling Psychology I18
CEPY 682Internship in Counseling Psychology II2
CEPY 693Dissertation Seminar3
CEPY 700Doctoral Dissertation18
Total Credits120-122