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Program Information

Doctoral Degree

Doctoral training is intended for those with the ability and motivation to make a significant contribution to the field through teaching, scholarly research, and professional practice. The Counseling Psychology doctoral degree requirements must be successfully completed within a 7-year period. Students typically complete the program within 5 to 6 years, which includes required coursework, comprehensive exams, an internship, research and practice experience, and an intensive dissertation. A minimum of 165 graduate credits is required for graduation.

Application, Deadlines, and Admission

The application deadline for the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is December 1, 2018 interviews will be held January 25, 2019. The admissions process is competitive; the program typically receives more than 200 applications for 6-8 openings each year, and students are only admitted to begin fall term. Applicants possessing a Bachelor's or Master's degree receive equal consideration. 

Program Description

The program requires coursework that is designed to prepare psychologists to work within a variety of professional roles. Courses for the doctoral degree program are divided into 4 basic domains:

  • Domain 1: Psychological Foundations

    Focus: Developing a broad knowledge base in the general principles and leading theories of psychology.

  • Domain 2: Research Competencies

    Focus: Developing skills in formulating questions, designing and carrying out research, and disseminating results appropriately       and effectively, including research presentations and publications.

  • Domain 3: Practitioner Competencies

    Focus: Developing fundamental applied skills, advanced practitioner skills, and completing the pre-doctoral internship.

  • Domain 4: Professional Competencies

    Focus: Developing an understanding and application of ethical and legal standards to which psychologists adhere, and       developing and enhancing multicultural competence to enhance equity, serve diverse populations, and promote social justice. 

Visit Academic Study to see more details on the program progression, including coursework, comprehensive exams, clinical training, dissertation, and internship.

Program Philosophy & Goals

The UO Counseling Psychology (CPSY) PhD program in the College of Education has been accredited since 1955 by the American Psychological Association  (APA) (Commission on Accreditation, 750 1st St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979), making it the 8th oldest continuously accredited Counseling Psychology program in the country. The Counseling Psychology Program philosophy of education and training is informed by 4 elements that reflect our values in the preparation of health service professional psychologists with discipline specific knowledge: (1) the themes of the counseling psychology discipline (Gelso & Fretz, 2002), (2) the scientist-practitioner model for training in psychology (Murdock, Alcorn, Heesacker, & Stoltenberg, 1998), (3) the ecological model of human development (Bronfenbrenner, 1979), and (4) and the emancipatory communitarian approach to psychology practice (Prilleltensky, 1997). CPSY students become scientists and practitioners with particular focus on prevention and treatment relevant to work with children, adolescents, families, and adults within diverse ecologies and environments.

Graduate Opportunities

Doctoral graduates of the UO Counseling Psychology program work as licensed psychologists in university academic departments, research institutes and centers, community colleges, university counseling centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, the federal prison system, and private practice throughout the US. Across these contexts, our graduates engage in provision of culturally competent clinical prevention and intervention services, research and scholarship focused on developing and applying best practices in prevention and intervention, grant writing, teaching, supervision, and service to their diverse academic, research, and local communities and to the profession.

Facilities & Research Institutes

The Counseling Psychology program is housed in the College of Education HEDCO building. Students have access to a variety of services through the University of Oregon, including computer support, writing support, and support services for students with disabilities. The program maintains a collaborative relationship with a variety of other on-campus programs, including the Couples & Family Therapy Program, School Psychology, and the Counseling Psychology Program founded the programs in Prevention Science. Students take courses in each of these programs to fulfill degree requirements.