Welcome to the PhD in Counseling Psychology program!
The University of Georgia’s PhD in Counseling Psychology program provides doctoral-level training and education to prepare our graduates for a career as health service psychologists. The program’s training mission reflects our commitment to multiculturalism and social justice training excellence that prepares health service psychologists to deliver state-of-the-science and culturally-contextualized services in a variety of research and practice settings to meet the needs of diverse cultural and linguistic communities in Georgia and across the nation.
Our program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training that emphasizes important tenets of Counseling Psychology:
We are committed to training and preparing students to assume emerging diverse roles and responsibilities that will advance a multicultural/social justice agenda in health care. The program prepares students for entry positions in a variety of settings including academia, medical schools, and community mental health clinics. The program also prepares students for licensure through rigorous didactic and experiential training. The PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Upon graduation, you will be license-eligible as a psychologist in all states.
The PhD in Counseling Psychology program at the University of Georgia is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-336-5979 / Email APA
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Connect with faculty and enjoy social and professional opportunities through the Counseling Psychology Student Association.
We encourage you to take part in local, regional, and national psychological organizations including the Athens Area Psychological Association, Georgia Psychological Association, Southeastern Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students.
Professional development opportunities include conferences and meetings of the American Psychological Association, National Multicultural Summit, the National Latina/o Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the Asian American Psychological Association.
The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.
Our program requires that an applicant has completed a master's degree. Competitive candidates for admissions usually have the following general qualifications: relevant professional work experiences in counseling or a related area, research experience and interest, and defined clinical and research interests that match both with the program's goals and scientist-practitioner model of training and with faculty areas of expertise.
Deferment Policy: Due to the high demand of our programs, we will not defer admission from one year to sometime in the future. Anyone who is admitted to any program in our department and decides not to attend will be asked to reapply to that program if they seek admission at a later date. Applicants who are initially denied admission can reapply for the next year.
Completed application due: