Counseling Psychology—PhD

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology is housed in the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling. Please click here to visit the program website and view more detailed information about this degree.

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology prepares students for the multi-faceted role of the professional psychologist, which allows them to work in a variety of settings including: academia, clinical settings, consultation, churches, businesses, and private settings. It is also the intent of the program to prepare graduates for licensure as professional psychologists in the U.S. and with eligibility to practice internationally. Students should consult with the appropriate authorities regarding requirements in the states or countries in which they wish to engage in clinical practice. Counseling psychology students must specialize in one of the listed areas of emphases: Adult, Child/Family, Cultural Diversity, and Health Psychology. Specialty emphases should be developed within a student's course plan in close consultation with their advisor to coincide with the student's dissertation topic. Additionally, each emphasis requires students to complete specified coursework, Advanced Emphasis practicum, and a dissertation topic related to chosen emphasis.

Program length

The length of each student’s program may vary based on prior transferable graduate coursework. A typical student completes the doctoral coursework in 3 years, dissertation in 1-2 years, followed by 2000 hours of supervised fieldwork internship.  

Application deadlines

The Counseling Psychology program conducts interview days during the months of Jaunuary – May. In order to be considered for admission into the upcoming fall cohort, applicants must have their files complete and participate in one of the scheduled interview days. Please contact the department directly for these dates. Applications received after the final interview day will be considered for the following academic year.

A late application fee will be assessed for applicants who apply for the Fall (August – December) semester after July 15th.  

Fall admission only.

Eligibility requirements

  • Students entering the PhD program in Counseling Psychology should have a master's degree in counseling or a related field.
  • An applicant with an outstanding academic record, but without a master's degree, may be considered for admission providing the applicant has an undergraduate major in psychology and a satisfactory GPA, and presents satisfactory scores on both the GRE General Test and the Advanced Test in Psychology.
  • Students may be eligible to receive a master’s degree en route to their doctoral degree.  The student must be voted on and accepted by the Master’s Admission Committee, and all program requirements for the chosen master’s degree must be completed.  

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. At least two recommendations should be academic. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission. 
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Writing sample such as graded papers, reports or case studies (with identifying information removed) or thesis.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

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