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 PHD Counseling Psychology program only admits new students for Fall Semester.

Applicants must participate in one of the scheduled interview days during the months of January–May. Call the Counseling Psychology program 269-471-3473 or email gpc@andrews.edu for further information on interview days.

Academic 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

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • 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.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

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

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.

Finances

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

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