Accredited Doctoral Degree Programs in Counseling Psychology

A doctoral degree in psychology is considered the terminal degree in the field of psychology since it is the highest degree that can be obtained. There are two doctoral degrees in psychology. They include the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D). While the Psy.D. is growing in popularity among aspiring practitioners, the Ph.D. is still the most common doctoral psychology degree program. The Psy.D is an applied degree that focuses on preparing students to become practicingpsychologists. The Ph.D. on the other hand not only focuses on clinical work but also on research and theory.

Why Is a Doctoral Degree Necessary?

In order to practice psychology, perform research, or teach at the university level, psychologists must have a doctoral degree in psychology. A doctoral degree is also a prerequisite for licensing – which is now required in all 50 states for practicing psychologists. Earning a doctoral degree in psychology is also advantageous in the job mark. While a master's degree in psychology is sufficient for many job opportunities in the private sector (e.g. industrial-organizational psychologist, etc.), a doctoral degree is required to teach at universities, work as a researcher, or obtain jobs in various government positions. Earning a doctoral degree in psychology also leads to greater career advancement opportunities and a higher salary.

How to Earn a Doctorate Degree in Psychology

Having a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related discipline is usually a prerequisite for applying to a doctoral program in psychology. While a master's degree is useful, it ultimately is not required by most programs. However, there are few doctoral programs that offer accelerated tracks for students who already have a master's degree in psychology (but there aren't many).

The majority of doctoral psychology programs take four years to complete. So if you factor in a bachelor's degree, it will require 8 years of full-time college level study before you can graduate with a doctoral degree in psychology. Once the doctoral degree has been earned, students will be ready to take all licensing examinations required to become a practicing psychologist.

The Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychology is one of the largest branches of psychology. It offer therapies and treatments for individuals with various emotional, social, and mental health-related symptoms and concerns. As described by the Society of Counseling Psychology the field of counseling psychology "facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning [for individuals] across the life span focusing on social, mental, emotional, education, developmental, and organizational concerns" . While some counseling psychologists offer psychotherapy services, others perform research, teach, and provide career counseling. Counseling psychologists use their understanding of various psychological theories to help people realize their potential.

Below you'll find a comprehensive list of the schools offering counseling psychology doctoral programs accredited by APA's Commission on Accreditation. Listings include information on the school locations, accreditation status, how long they have been accredited, and when the next accreditation site visit is scheduled.


The University of Akron (PhD)
Department of Counseling
Department of Psychology
Akron, OH 44325
April 13, 1990
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University at Albany, State University of New York (PhD)
(formerly listed as State University of New York at Albany)
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Albany, NY 12222
May 8, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Arizona State University (PhD)
School of Letters and Sciences
Tempe, AZ 85287-0611
April 1, 1972
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Auburn University (PhD)
Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & Counseling/School Psychology
Auburn, AL 36849
May 6, 1988
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

Ball State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Muncie, IN 47306
May 4, 1982
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Boston College (PhD)
Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
May 7, 1982
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Brigham Young University (PhD)
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
Provo, UT 84602
June 28, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of British Columbia (PhD)
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Special Education
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
Canada
October 27, 2000
Accredited through the 2014-2015 academic year

Cleveland State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning
Cleveland, OH  44115
June 18, 2010
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Colorado State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Fort Collins, CO 80523
March 1, 1970
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Denver (PhD)
Morgridge College of Education
Denver, CO 80208
May 16, 1986
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Florida (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Gainesville, FL 32611-2250
January 15, 1954
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

Fordham University (PhD)
Division of Psychological and Educational Services
New York, NY 10023
April 19, 1990
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Georgia (PhD)
Department of Counseling & Human Development Services
Athens, GA 30602
April 3, 1984
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Georgia State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Atlanta, GA 30302
May 1, 1984
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Houston (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Houston, TX 77204
April 14, 1987
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Howard University (PhD)
School of Education
Washington, DC 20059
April 29, 2002
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Division of Counseling Psychology
Champaign, IL 61820
November 8, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Indiana State University (PhD)
Department of Communications Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
Terre Haute, IN 47809
May 6, 1980
Accredited, inactive
*This program is no longer admitting students and is scheduled to be phased-out.

Indiana University'Bloomington (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
June 23, 1988
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Iowa (PhD)
Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Iowa City, IA 52242
May 13, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Iowa State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Ames, IA 50011-3180
March 1, 1973
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Kansas (PhD)
Department of Psychology and Research in Education
Lawrence, KS 66045
March 1, 1971 (1955-1970)
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Kentucky (PhD)
Department of Educational , School, and Counseling Psychology
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
November 9, 1983
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Lehigh University (PhD)
Department of Education and Human Services
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4792
December 3, 1993
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

Louisiana Tech University (PhD)
Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Ruston, LA 71272
October 18, 2002
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Louisville (PhD)
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Louisville, KY 40292
November 18, 1999
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Loyola University of Chicago (PhD)
School of Education
Chicago, IL 60611
November 29, 1984
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

Marquette University (PhD)
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
January 15, 2002
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Maryland'College Park (PhD)
Department of Psychology/Department of Counseling and Personnel Services
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
College Park, MD 20742
April 16, 1953
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

McGill University (PhD)
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2
Canada
March 30, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit not yet scheduled

The University of Memphis (PhD)
(formerly listed as Memphis State University)
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research
Memphis, TN 38152
October 17, 1989
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Miami (PhD)
Department of Educational and Psychological Studies
Coral Gables, FL 33124
February 7, 1989
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Minnesota (PhD)
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program
Department of Educational Psychology
Minneapolis, MN 55455
April 8, 1965
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Minnesota (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Minneapolis, MN 55455
December 15, 1952
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Missouri'Columbia (PhD)
Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Columbia, MO 65211
April 29, 1953
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Missouri'Kansas City (PhD)
Division of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Exercise Science
Kansas City, MO 64110
February 22, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

University of Nebraska'Lincoln (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Lincoln, NE 68588
April 20, 1959
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

New Mexico State University (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Las Cruces, NM 88003
May 2, 1995
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

New York University (PhD)
Department of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York, NY 10003
April 17, 1981
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of North Dakota (PhD)
Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8255
April 10, 1987
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of North Texas (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Denton, TX 76203
December 5, 1978
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Northern Colorado (PhD)
(This program was originally accredited as a program offering the PsyD degree.  As of the 2010 site visit, it is accredited as a program offering the PhD degree only.)
School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education
Greeley, CO 80639
April 4, 1995
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Notre Dame (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Notre Dame, IN 46556
March 1, 1972
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Oklahoma (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Norman, OK 73019-0260
October 25, 1988
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Oklahoma State University (PhD)
School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology
Stillwater, OK 74078
November 20, 1992
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of Oregon (PhD)
Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services
Eugene, OR 97403-5251
January 12, 1955
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Our Lady of the Lake University (PsyD)
School of Professional Studies
San Antonio, TX 78207-4689
May 12, 1995
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Pennsylvania State University (PhD)
Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services
University Park, PA 16802
November 12, 1982
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Purdue University(PhD)
Department of Educational Studies
West Lafayette, IN 47907
October 4, 2002
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Seton Hall University (PhD)
Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
South Orange, NJ 07079
October 22, 1999
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Carbondale, IL 62901
December 1, 1961
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

University of Southern Mississippi (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
June 29, 1979
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

University of St. Thomas (PsyD)
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005
October 3, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

Teachers College, Columbia University (PhD)
Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
New York, NY 10027
January 1, 1952
Accredited
Next site visit not yet scheduled

Temple University (PhD)
Department of Psychological Studies in Education
Philadelphia, PA 19122
January 30, 1973
Accredited, inactive
Will be withdrawn effective June 30, 2011

*This program is no longer admitting students and is scheduled to be phased-out.

University of Tennessee'Knoxville (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Knoxville, TN 37996
April 18, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2016

Tennessee State University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
March 10, 2000
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Texas A&M University (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
College Station, TX 77843-4225
December 8, 1981
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Austin, TX 78712
January 12, 1953
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

Texas Tech University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Lubbock, TX 79409
April 24, 1964
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Texas Woman's University (PhD)
Department of Psychology and Philosophy
Denton, TX 76204
June 20, 1995
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Utah (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
March 1, 1957
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Virginia Commonwealth University (PhD)
Department of Psychology
Richmond, VA 23284-2018
October 28, 1980
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2013

Washington State University (PhD)
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology
Pullman, WA 99164
September 29, 1989
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

West Virginia University (PhD)
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology
Morgantown, WV 26506-6122
January 13, 1989
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2017

Western Michigan University (PhD)
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
February 12, 1993
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Wisconsin'Madison (PhD)
Department of Counseling Psychology
Madison, WI 53706
October 29, 1985
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2015

University of Wisconsin'Milwaukee (PhD)
Department of Educational Psychology
Milwaukee, WI 53201
October 14, 1996
Accredited
Next site visit scheduled 2014

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