Degree Requirements

Coursework Credit Hours: 80 Credits
Practicum & Internship Credit Hours: 12 Credits
Dissertation: 14+ Credits
TOTAL: 106+ Credits

Comprehensive Exams: Required three-part exam (on-campus written exam, take-home exam, oral exam)
Internship: Required 2000 hour APA preferred internship
Dissertation: Required

Length of Program:
The length of each student’s program may vary based on prior transferable graduate coursework.  A typical student, entering with a master’s degree, completes the doctoral coursework in 3 years, dissertation in 1-2 years, followed by 2000 hours of supervised fieldwork internship.  Only students able to attend full-time are accepted into the program.   The Graduate Psychology & Counseling Department requires students to complete all degree requirements within seven years from when the program is begun.  

Residency Requirements
Counseling Psychology students are required to maintain active enrollment status during their program of studies, and complete a minimum of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study, with at least 2 of those years at Andrews University. At least 1 year must be in full-time residence (3-consecutive full-time semesters) at Andrews University.
Additional important information about being a doctoral student in the School of Education can be found in the SED Doctoral Handbook.  Students are strongly encouraged to read this handbook carefully along with the University’s Academic Bulletin.  

Prerequisites (27 semester hours)
The Ph.D. course requirements assume a prior master's degree that includes graduate courses in the following areas. If courses in these areas have not been taken prior to admission, the indicated Andrews University course must be taken as part of the degree.

• EDFN 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Professionals
• GDPC 514 - Psychology of Learning
• GDPC 635 - Theories & Techniques of Counseling
• GDPC 638 - Group Processes
• GDPC 640 - Multicultural Issues for Counselors and Psychologists
• GDPC 650 - Practicum in Counseling
• GDPC 676 -Theories of Personality
• EDRM 505 - Research Methods OR EDRM 506 - Research and Evaluation for Counselors
• EDRM 611 - Applied Statistical Methods I

Areas of Emphasis
The Counseling Psychology curriculum allows students to choose between four areas of interest. 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.

Please click on the links below to jump directly to the individual emphases. 
PhD Counseling Psychology – Adult Emphasis
PhD Counseling Psychology – Child/Family Emphasis
PhD Counseling Psychology – Cultural Diversity Emphasis
PhD Counseling Psychology – Health Psychology Emphasis

Master’s en Route
Students accepted into the PhD in Counseling Psychology, without a prior master’s degree in that field, are eligible to apply for the MS in Counseling Psychology and complete it en-route to their PhD.  Completion of this degree along with additional supervised practicum hours allow students to apply for State of Michigan psychology licensure at the master’s level.

Comprehensive Exams
In addition to required coursework, practicum, internship, and the dissertation, all students must pass a three-part comprehensive exam within six years of their initial registration in the program.  The program offers the exam three times each year in March, August, and October.  Specific dates can be obtained from the Graduate Services Coordinator, or the department’s Administrative Assistant. 

Eligibility to Apply for Internship
Students are required to complete an APPIC approved 2000-hour professional practice internship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation. In order to be eligible to apply though, students must have completed practicum, comprehensive exams, and received approval for their dissertation proposal.