Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
- Keep grade of B or higher in at least four graduate level counseling courses or equivalent, including Counseling Methods, Theories and Techniques of Counseling, Counseling Practicum and Research Methods (for post-Master’s applicants).
- Overall GPA of 3.0
- Eighteen (18) semester credits of undergraduate psychology including coursework in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, experimental and research methods, and statistics.
- Graduate Record Examination—General Test, verbal, quantitative and writing.
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
Students are selected on the basis of undergraduate GPA, master’s degree GPA (if applicable), evaluations of pre-practicum and practicum performance when appropriate to the master’s degree program, scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing subtests of the Graduate Record Examination, references, vocational training and experiences, career goals, and perceived “best fit” by the admissions committee based on the applicant’s personal statement and the research and clinical interests of the faculty. Doctoral graduates from a recent three-year period have had the following average grades and scores: undergraduate GPA 3.44, master’s GPA 3.88, GRE-V 538, GRE-Q 603 and GRE-W 4.97. A balance between numbers of male and female students is preferred in the program. Students from minority ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Counseling Psychology and Community Services Department.
Coursework in the Counseling Psychology Major (students entering with a Master's degree in Counseling or Psychology can transfer verified equivalent courses, except that COUN 501 can not be transferred). COUN 516 is only required for students who are Direct Admits (post-bachelors degree).
|COUN 501||Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology||3|
|COUN 505||History of Psychology||3|
|COUN 510||Counseling Methods||3|
|COUN 515||Methods of Research||3|
|COUN 516||Counseling Research Laboratory||1|
|COUN 517||Psychological Testing||3|
|COUN 518||Group Theory and Process||3|
|COUN 519||Career Counseling||3|
|COUN 530||Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development||3|
|COUN 531||Psychology of Women, Gender and Development||3|
|COUN 532||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|COUN 533||Couples And Family Counseling||3|
|COUN 534||Child and Adolescent Counseling||3|
|COUN 540||Advanced Vocational Psychology||3|
|COUN 551||Research Issues in Counseling Psychology||3|
|COUN 552||Counseling Psychology Professional Seminar I||1|
|COUN 553||Counseling Psychology Professional Seminar II||1|
|COUN 554||Preparation for the Predoctoral Internship||1|
|COUN 555||Advanced Psychometrics||3|
|COUN 560||Supervision Theory and Technique||3|
|COUN 568||Personality Assessment||3|
|COUN 569||Cognitive Assessment||3|
|COUN 580||Counseling Practicum||4|
|COUN 583||Doctoral Practicum||6-12|
|COUN 584||Community Counseling Internship||4|
|COUN 585||Counseling Psychology Research Practicum||1-3|
|COUN 586||Practicum in Supervision||1-3|
|COUN 995||Scholarly Project||2|
Coursework in the psychological foundations of behavior (select 1 course from each foundation, 4 total):
|PSYC 533||Theories of Learning||3|
|PSYC 537||Physiology of Behavior and Psychophysiological Measurement||3|
|PSYC 539||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PSYC 551||Advanced Developmental Psych||3|
|PSYC 560||Advanced Social Psychology||3|
Coursework in Research Methodologies (select one of the following options):
|PSYC 541||Advanced Univariate Statistics||3|
|PSYC 542||Multivariate Statistics for Psychology||3|
|EFR 516||Statistics II||3|
|EFR 518||Multivariate Analysis||3|
|PSYC 541||Advanced Univariate Statistics||3|
|EFR 510||Qualitative Research Methods||3|
|EFR 520||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods||3|
Coursework in Diagnostic Assessment:
|COUN 520||Diagnostic and Prevention Strategies in Counseling||3|
|or PSYC 575||Behavior Pathology|
- Coursework/experiences to fulfill two Scholarly Tools;
- Coursework/experiences in Interprofessional Health Care;
- Accumulation of Supervised Experience in practices settings;
- Successful completion of Comprehensive Examinations;
- Successful defense of the Dissertation;
- Competencies measured in the Comprehensive Multi-Dimensional Assessments (see Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Student Handbook);
Cognate in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services
A cognate in the Department of CPCS, consisting of a minimum of nine semester credits of counseling coursework, may be taken by master’s or doctoral students in related fields. Cognate coursework should be planned in consultation with a member of the department faculty. Cognates will not include practicum or internship; students interested in these experiences should consider a formal minor in Counseling (below).
Department Evaluation of Students
The CPCS faculty conduct periodic reviews of students’ progress in the MA and PhD programs, including their academic performance, counseling and psychoeducational skills, professionalism, and ethics. An interview may be required as part of the review. Deficits identified through faculty review may result in either a requirement that the student engage in remedial work or the removal of the student from the program.
As noted in Standard 7.04 of the 2002 Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association, students may need to disclose personal information if that information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others.
The practice of counseling requires significant self-disclosure for the person receiving counseling. CPCS students must become very familiar with this process. Therefore, it is an essential training component of the Department to provide assignments and classroom experiences that call for student self-disclosure of a personal nature, in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality, to an extent not expected in other academic disciplines. The nature or extent of expected self-disclosure is specified in each course syllabus.