Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. 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).
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Eighteen (18) semester credits of undergraduate psychology including coursework in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, experimental and research methods, and statistics.
  4. Graduate Record Examination—General Test, verbal, quantitative and writing.
  5. 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.

Degree Requirements

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 501Ethics: Counseling and Counseling Psychology3
COUN 505History of Psychology3
COUN 510Counseling Methods3
COUN 515Methods of Research3
COUN 516Counseling Research Laboratory1
COUN 517Psychological Testing3
COUN 518Group Theory and Process3
COUN 519Career Counseling3
COUN 530Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development3
COUN 531Psychology of Women, Gender and Development3
COUN 532Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 533Couples And Family Counseling3
COUN 534Child and Adolescent Counseling3
COUN 540Advanced Vocational Psychology3
COUN 551Research Issues in Counseling Psychology3
COUN 552Counseling Psychology Professional Seminar I1
COUN 553Counseling Psychology Professional Seminar II1
COUN 554Preparation for the Predoctoral Internship1
COUN 555Advanced Psychometrics3
COUN 560Supervision Theory and Technique3
COUN 568Personality Assessment3
COUN 569Cognitive Assessment3
COUN 580Counseling Practicum4
COUN 583Doctoral Practicum6-12
COUN 584Community Counseling Internship4
COUN 585Counseling Psychology Research Practicum1-3
COUN 586Practicum in Supervision1-3
COUN 999Dissertation1-15
COUN 995Scholarly Project2

 Coursework in the psychological foundations of behavior (select 1 course from each foundation, 4 total):

PSYC 533Theories of Learning3
PSYC 5353
PSYC 537Physiology of Behavior and Psychophysiological Measurement3
PSYC 539Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 551Advanced Developmental Psych3
PSYC 560Advanced Social Psychology3

 Coursework in Research Methodologies (select one of the following options):

Option A

PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
PSYC 542Multivariate Statistics for Psychology3

Option B

EFR 516Statistics II3
EFR 518Multivariate Analysis3

Option C

PSYC 541Advanced Univariate Statistics3
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
EFR 520Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3

 Coursework in Diagnostic Assessment:

COUN 520Diagnostic and Prevention Strategies in Counseling3
or PSYC 575 Behavior Pathology

Other Requirements:

  1. Coursework/experiences to fulfill two Scholarly Tools;
  2. Coursework/experiences in Interprofessional Health Care;
  3. Accumulation of Supervised Experience in practices settings;
  4. Successful completion of Comprehensive Examinations;
  5. Successful defense of the Dissertation;
  6. Competencies measured in the Comprehensive Multi-Dimensional Assessments (see Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Student Handbook);
  7. Internship.

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.

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