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Explore human and behavioral psychology across the lifespan and learn to facilitate individual and systemic change, multiculturalism, and social justice through our PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Our program uses a scientist-practitioner model that integrates science and practice through courses, clinical training, assessment, service, and research.

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.

Program Highlights

  1. Leads to license eligibility as a psychologist in all states
  2. Innovative training in health psychology, supervision, and advanced assessment
  3. Participate in our Preparing Future Faculty program
  4. Continuously APA accredited since 1984
  5. Faculty are national leaders in the field

Deadline to Apply

December 1

Accreditation Information

The doctoral program in counseling psychology 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

Faculty and Curriculum

The PhD in Counseling Psychology will help you develop advanced competency in both research and applied practice. Our program prepares graduates to pursue careers as health service psychologists in teaching, research, and/or the provision of health services guided by an integrated biopsychosocial model of care.

Our program emphasizes a strengths-based approach to understanding human and social experiences that can help prevent and/or solve the biopsychosocial problems of individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.

Coursework focuses on the core discipline of psychology and the applied discipline of counseling psychology. The PhD program includes:

  • Supervised clinical training in psychotherapy
  • Training in psychological assessment
  • Training in the biopsychosocial framework
  • Both a publishable paper project and a dissertation
  • A full-year internship

Clinical Training

You will enroll in didactic and/or practical courses during your first year to prepare for advanced clinical work. Your clinical training involves:

  • Training in individual and group psychotherapy
  • Psychological assessment training
  • Clinical training modalities such as couples and family therapy at the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation (CCPE), the Juvenile Counseling and Assessment Program (JCAP), or health psychology community-based practicums

Your third/fourth year of training can focus on advanced supervision or additional practicums toward a specialization in health psychology, supervision, teaching, or assessment. The final year consists of internship training at an APA-accredited site.

Research Design and Analyses

Our program uses an integrated scientist-practitioner model. This includes:

  • At least two quantitative methodology and analysis courses
  • Being an active member of a research team
  • Two projects, a publishable paper and a dissertation

Multiculturalism and Social Justice

The PhD in Counseling Psychology program is committed to excellence in multicultural and social justice training. We:

  • Endorse the American Psychological Association's "Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists"
  • Offer two graduate courses in multicultural psychology
  • Infuse multicultural principles and research findings into all training experiences
  • Make efforts to provide you with diverse clientele in your supervised training
  • Promote faculty research, training, and service projects with a diverse and multicultural focus

As a PhD in Counseling Psychology student, you may choose from among several areas of concentration:

  • Supervision
  • Clinical health psychology
  • Teaching (Preparing Future Faculty)
  • Assessment

Your core psychology studies include:

  • Multiculturalism/social justice
  • History and systems of psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Fundamentals of behavioral neuroscience
  • Cognitive psychology, basic learning processes, or foundations of cognition for education
  • Biopsychosocial framework of psychology
  • Assessment
  • Supervision
  • Ethics
  • Career development

Beyond these core requirements, your studies will vary year by year to match your growing expertise.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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.

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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

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.


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

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.

Start a Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the PhD in Counseling Psychology

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.

Typical students have a graduate grade point average of 3.5, and undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0, strong standardized test scores (GRE required), strong letters of recommendation from faculty members or supervisors. However, there is variation in the qualifications of applicants and candidates are asked to highlight areas of strengths and growth edges in their statement of purpose.

In addition to meeting graduate school standards for English as a foreign language, international applicants must be able to effectively counsel in English.

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.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate School application
  • Send GRE scores to Graduate Admissions via ETS; ETS code for UGA is 5813. No departmental code is required.
  • [TOEFL or IELTS]( /international-application-information/international-supplement/english-language-proficiency-requirement/) Applicants from non-English speaking country only
  • Official transcripts Native language and English for international applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Counseling Psychology Supplemental Application

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
December 1

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