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Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
December 1

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Part 1: Apply to Graduate School

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.

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Most programs have additional requirements* beyond the Grad School application. Review Part 2: Apply to Program for admissions information specific to the PhD in Counseling Psychology.

*For example, you may need to schedule an interview and/or submit additional documents such as writing samples, a CV or resume, or a statement of purpose. Some programs require an official transcript, not just the unofficial transcript as required by the University.

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Part 2: Apply to Program

For 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

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