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Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

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Ph.D. Degree Program

Training Director: James Lichtenberg, 214C J.R. Pearson, 785-864-9656,


The admission deadline is December 15 to begin course work in the following summer or fall.

Required Admission Materials

  1. Graduate application and application fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  2. PRE departmental application.
  3. 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, sent directly to the Graduate Application Processing Center. The original transcript is forwarded to the School of Education to complete licensing and/or certification paperwork.
  4. GRE (general test) scores: Institution code, R6871; Department code, 2005.
  5. Letter of intent.
  6. Résumé.
  7. 3 letters of recommendation from people who can assess the applicant’s prospects for completing the program.

Additional Admission Materials

If the applicant has completed a practicum in counseling or a related area, 1 recommendation should be completed by the practicum supervisor. A practicum form is included in the PRE departmental application.

Review of Graduate Status

At the beginning of each fall semester, the department formally evaluates the progress and status of all students in the program.

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Course Work Requirements

In addition to any background competency deficiencies, each student must complete the following course work. This constitutes the minimal substantive requirement of the program.

Psychological Foundations

Students must take at least 1 course in each of 5 general psychology core areas (12-15 hours). These serve as the minor area requirement for the doctoral degree program. Course equivalencies that have been met during the student’s master’s program can be waived as required doctoral course work.

  1. Biological Bases of Behavior. Select 1:
    PSYC 864 Clinical Neuropsychology
    PSYC 961 Biological Foundations of Psychopathology
  2. Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior. Select 1:
    PSYC 723 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
    PSYC 757 Theories of Perception
    PRE 807 Theories and Research in Human Learning
    PSYC 831 Advanced Human Learning and Memory
  3. Social Bases of Behavior. Select 1:
    PSYC 774 Advanced Social Psychology I
    PSYC 775 Advanced Social Psychology II
    PSYC 777 Social Psychology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications
  4. Individual Bases of Behavior. Select 1:
    PSYC 960 Advanced Psychopathology
    PRE 890 Diagnosis and Psychopathology
  5. History and Systems of Psychology
    PSYC 805 History of Psychology

Professional Core

  1. Counseling Theory and Practice
    PRE 740 Counseling and Interviewing Skills
    PRE 742 Counseling Theory and Techniques
    PRE 842 Counseling Practicum
    PRE 844 Theory of Group Counseling
    PRE 846 Career Development
    PRE 875 Cross Cultural Counseling
    PRE 880 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology
    PRE 918 Seminar in Current Issues and Trends in Counseling Psychology
    PRE 945 Clinical Supervision and Consultation
    PRE 948 Advanced Practicum I
    PRE 949 Advanced Practicum II (2 semesters)
    PRE 952 Advanced Counseling Theory and Research
    PRE 954 Vocational Psychology
  2. Assessment
    PRE 725 Educational Measurement
    PRE 830 Individual and Group Assessment
    PRE 951 Psychodiagnostic Assessment

Human Development

One 3-hour graduate course in life span developmental psychology is required. See offerings in PRE, Psychology, or Applied Behavioral Science. PRE 705 Human Development Through the Life Span is recommended.

Research Core

  1. Required Courses
    PRE 710 Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    PRE 711 Lab for Introduction to Statistical Analysis (Concurrent enrollment in PRE 710 and PRE 711 is required.)
    PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    PRE 810 Regression Analysis
    PRE 811 Analysis of Variance
    PRE 902 Research Methodology in Education or
    PSYC 968 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology or
    PSYC 815 Design and Analysis for Developmental Research
  2. Research Practicum
    PRE 901 Research Practicum in (Counseling Psychology) (3 hours) must be completed within 2 years of the first enrollment for students entering with the master’s degree or within 2 years of the first enrollment for students entering with the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Research Elective. Select 1:
    PRE 814 Nonparametric Statistics
    PRE 816 Evaluating School Programs
    PRE 822 Educational Scales, Questionnaires, and Sampling
    PRE 803 Computer Applications for Statistical Analyses
    PRE 905 Multivariate Analysis
    PRE 906 Structural Equation Modeling I
    PRE 921 Theory and Applications of Educational Measurement
    PSYC 991 Longitudinal Data Analysis
    ELPS 871 Introduction to Qualitative Research

Education Core

1 course from each area (may be satisfied by course work completed elsewhere in the program):

  • Learning or Development
  • Statistics
  • History or Philosophy of Education (from list of approved courses)
  • Curriculum or Instruction (satisfied by PRE 945 Clinical Supervision and Consultation)

Elective Area

15 credit hours from PRE or any related field, 3 of which may be from independent study or field experience enrollments.

College Teaching Experience

PRE 996 College Teaching Experience in: (Supervision) (minimum of 2 credit hours)

Internship in Counseling Psychology

PRE 990 Internship in Counseling Psychology (1 credit hour for 3 consecutive terms)


PRE 999 Doctoral Dissertation (minimum of 18 credit hours)

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

Comprehensive Examination

After completing course work, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination based on the curricular requirements of the counseling psychology program. After satisfactory completion of the written examination, the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination. The program defines the nature of this examination.


The primary criteria for internship placement are appropriate professional opportunities, adequate supervision by a qualified counseling psychologist, student financial support by the agency offering the internship, and accreditation of the internship site by the American Psychological Association. A student is not permitted to begin the internship until the comprehensive examination has been completed and the internship setting has the endorsement of the program. The internship is completed in one year.


Upon passing the written and oral portions of the comprehensive examination, the candidate, in consultation with his or her adviser, assembles a dissertation committee of 3 members. For information on post-comprehensive enrollment and general information about doctoral programs, consult the pertinent sections of the online catalog.

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