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  • Clinical Psychology versus Counseling Psychology
  • Degrees
  • Making an appointment
  • Application questions
  • Pre-requisites
  • GRE scores
  • On-line classes
  • Interview process
  • Research interests
  • Financial information
What is the difference between Clinical Psychology & Counseling Psychology?

The University of Oregon offers doctoral programs in both disciplines and they are both accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Please read more about Counseling Psychology at APA Division 17 – Society of Counseling Psychology and read how counseling psychologists answer this question.

Does the CPSY program offer a master’s degree or a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree?

The program offers a Ph.D. only, with an emphasis on preparing students to be both scientists and practitioners. The program does not offer a terminal master’s degree. However, the same department does offer a separate master's program in Couples and Family Therapy as well as a one year non-clinical master’s specialization in Prevention Science.

Can I apply to the CPSY doctoral program, CFT master's program, and the CFHS master's program?

Yes, but recognize they are three very separate programs with different goals. They are in the same department (Counseling Psychology & Human Services), and students from all three programs take some classes together, but the programs function individually. If you apply to multiple programs, you need to create a different application log-in for each application, and complete each on-line application. You only need to send GRE scores to one program, and one set of transcripts to Admissions, and the materials will be transferred into a file for the other program(s). Be sure to email the Graduate Academic Coordinator and make it known that you're applying to multiple programs in the department. Note: Do not open multiple applications accounts at the same time. Doing so causes complicated technical problems. You only need to pay the $70 application fee once. Contact the Graduate School if you have questions about the fee.

If you are applying to additional programs at the University of Oregon outside of the department of Counseling Psychology & Human Services, you need to complete the applications specific to those programs, and supplemental materials (GRE, Transcripts, etc.) cannot be shared so you will need to provide those as well.

Can the $70 application fee be waived?
We understand that applying to graduate school is expensive. The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for qualified candidates, such as:

*McNair Scholars, Peace Corps participants, veterans, etc.
*Applying to multiple programs within the same academic year (after paying fee once)
*Reapplying within the same academic year, different term (after paying fee once)
*Current or prior enrollment as a University of Oregon Post baccalaureate Graduate Student
*Concurrent degree applicant (Excluding LAW)
*UO employee
*Former University of Oregon graduate student returning for a different graduate degree

To apply, follow the Instructions; the application must be submitted at least 10 days before the December 15 deadline. If you have any further questions regarding the fee, please contact the Graduate School.

Can I visit or make an appointment with the faculty?

You are welcome to visit the University of Oregon and attend a campus tour, but faculty members are typically not available to meet with prospective applicants because of the large volume of meeting requests. If you want to learn more about faculty members’ research and scholarly interests, please visit their individual web pages.

What is the application deadline? 

All admission materials must be completed and received on December 1st. We only accept applications once a year, and all new students start in fall. Once you have completed and paid your application fee, you can log into your UO application to see the receipt status of your application materials. We cannot update you regularly on your status because of the large volume of applications we receive.  All newly admitted students must begin the following Fall term; we use a cohort model and there are no “rolling admissions.”

Are there any required courses or pre-requisites that I must complete before entering the program?

No. A background in psychology is preferred, but a degree in psychology is not required. Applicants may have either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to apply to the program. . 

Is there a page limit to the purpose statement? Should I list interests & faculty I am interested in working with?

Please limit your response to three pages, double-spaced. The personal statement should describe your goals and purpose in seeking admission to the program. Please also include (a) your research experiences and/or interests and (b) the faculty member or members you are interested in working with and describe why you are interested in working with them.

If I am already a student at the University of Oregon, do I still need to send official transcripts.
No. If you completed, or will complete, your degree at the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your UO transcripts.
Can I provide more than 3 letters of recommendation?

Yes, but this is not necessary. You may provide contact information for as many as five letter writers.

Do I have to take the GRE test? What if I already have a MA, MS, PhD, etc.?

All applicants must take the GRE general exam if it has been more than 5 years since your last test date, even if you have a graduate degree. The GRE subject exam is NOT required.

Can you help with GRE waiver?

The GRE is owned by ETS. All costs associated with the exam are managed by ETS. Some applicants may qualify for the GRE Fee Reduction Program. Eligibility information and the required form are available on the ETS website.

Where do I send my GRE scores?

Have your GRE scores sent to:
Institution code: University of Oregon (# 4846)
Department code: Counseling Psychology (# 2005)
If you do not specify the department by name, the program will not receive your scores.

Do I have to have my scores for the GREs before the application deadline?

Yes, test scores are due at the same time as the rest of the application materials. Therefore, do not take the test after November 15 as it is unlikely your scores will be ready by the application deadline.

What if I don't have a good GPA or GRE score, or a background in psychology? Should I still apply and will I be considered for admission?

There is no minimum GPA or GRE requirement. All COMPLETE applications (purpose statement, letters of recommendation, resume, grades, and test scores) are reviewed. Our admissions process is highly competitive with about 200 applications every year for about 8 student positions. You may view the average GPAs and GRE scores for students admitted to our program.

What can I do to increase my chance of getting accepted?

Applicants typically have a background in psychology or education, possess second language skills, have had cultural immersion experiences and/or cultural self-awareness, and research experience. Student selection is also based on past academic and work performance, grades, GREs, and other academic and clinical experiences. It is also highly recommended that applicants take the time to review the program thoroughly and make the effort to individualize their application to the program rather than use the same purpose statement for all their graduate applications.

If I am accepted into the program but I am unable to attend that Fall, can I defer enrollment?

The CPSY program does not defer enrollment. You will have to re-apply the following year.

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

No. Students in the program are required to be enrolled for 16 credit hours per quarter term in fall, winter, and spring. 

Do you offer on-line courses?

No. The program does not offer any on-line or distance-learning classes. All coursework is completed in residence at the Eugene University of Oregon with the exception of the one year pre-doctoral internship (completed at an APA accredited internship site).

How many credit hours can I transfer into the program?

Credits cannot be officially transferred into the program. However, if you have previously taken graduate level courses that are deemed equivalent to CPSY required courses, then the CPSY courses may be waived. Course waiver decisions are made by your faculty adviser, and are determined after acceptance to the program.

When is the admissions interview?

The interviews are Thursday and Friday, January 25th and 26th. The interview includes individual and group interviews and meetings with faculty, staff and current students, a social event, and tours of campus and training facilities. It usually begins Thursday evening and completes Friday evening or Saturday morning. In order to offset costs associated with an in person visit, our current students host as many students as possible and the program provides several meals. 

If I am invited to the interview, am I required to attend, or can I schedule a phone interview instead?

You are not required to attend, but it is strongly encouraged. This is not just a time for the program to meet you; it is also a time for you to meet all those involved in UO Counseling Psychology training and to experience the program climate and environment. Obtaining a doctoral degree is a significant commitment, and the decision about where you want to earn that degree is best made after learning as much as you can about the program and its community.

After the interviews, when will I hear about the admissions decision?

Letters notifying applicants of their admissions status are usually sent within three weeks of the interview. Applicants who are offered admission have until April 15 to respond to our offer. Students on the waiting list may not receive an offer until April 15, and offers of admission to those on the waiting list are made largely as a function of potential faculty advisers.

How long does it take to complete the program? What if I already have a master’s degree?

Students with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree typically complete the program in 6 or 7 years. Please review a detailed program plan and time-line for more information.

Are all the faculty accepting new students?

Yes, all faculty who serve as advisers to Counseling Psychology students are accepting new students. However, students are admitted as a cohort rather than by individual faculty. Students are matched to a faculty adviser at the time of admission, typically 1-2 students per core faculty member. Advising matches are based on research interest match between the applicant and faculty member.

In terms of admission decisions, how important is research match to faculty research interests?

Matching faculty research interests is an important consideration in admissions decisions. The Ph.D. is a specialized degree that offers the opportunity to work closely with a scholar knowledgeable in science and practice with particular expertise in their research area. You are better served/advised/guided by working with someone whose interests and expertise match your own. Said another way, even the most promising high hurdler in the country should not come to Oregon to train with a distance coach.

How much will tuition & fees cost?

The registrar provides a breakdown of the tuition and fees (1. Fall-Spring; 2. Resident/Non-Resident; 3. Graduate, Education: Masters/Doctoral Supervision). Counseling Psychology students are registered for 16 credit hours each fall, winter, and spring term.

What kind of financial assistance is available?

Please visit the CPSY Student Funding page. The University offers Graduate Employee Appointments (GEs) that may involve research, teaching, or administrative work responsibilities. A GE appointment pays for tuition, provides you with a monthly stipend, and includes health insurance. Although students are not guaranteed GE positions, the vast majority of our CPSY students are awarded GE appointments as well as scholarships and other financial aid during their doctoral studies. You also can visit the UO Financial Aid office for more general financial aid information. If you’re an international applicant, the office of International Affairs offers many resources for international students, including scholarships and financial aid.

Is there a separate special form to fill out if I am interested in applying for a teaching fellowship?

Yes, you do have to complete a separate application form for a GE appointment, but not until after you are accepted to the program. The CPSY program guides you through the process.