Sep 29, 2023  

Counseling Psychology, Cultural Diversity Emphasis Ph.D.

Ph.D.: Counseling Psychology

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.

Admissions. Students entering the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology should have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.

In order for an applicant without a master’s degree to be eligible for consideration of admissions, they must have the following:  undergraduate major in psychology; outstanding academic record with satisfactory GPA; and satisfactory scores on both the GRE General Test and Advanced Test in Psychology. A master’s degree may be received en route to the doctoral degree, however, all master’s degree requirements must be met.  

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, in addition to Ph.D. courses listed below:

 Andrews University Doctoral Transfer Requirements: The Ph.D. Counseling Psychology program requires a minimum of 32 course credits be taken in residence at Andrews University. 

  • Completion of all required practicum (in this case 3 consecutive semesters - 9 credits)
  • Completion of internship (one calendar year 40 hr per week APA approved internship - 3 credits)
  • Dissertation credit to complete your dissertation – 16 credits minimum (14 dissertation, 2 EDRM880)
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Residency Requirements: The Counseling Psychology program requires students to 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.

Cultural Diversity Emphasis—15

Research & Dissertation

Dissertation - 14+

TOTAL PhD degree credits - 100+

NOTE:  A 2,000-hour supervised internship is required. Students apply through the Association of Psychology, Postdoctoral and Internship Centers for an approved internship. Preference is given to American Psychological Association (APA)–approved internships. The internship is usually completed on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) for one year. Continuation in the Counseling Psychology program is based upon an annual review by the department faculty of the student’s academic performance, professional development and personal qualifications as a counseling psychologist.

Beginning the semester after registering for EDRM880, candidates must register for at least 1 dissertation credit during each semester until their dissertation is successfully defended.