For specific application instructions, see the application guide.
The Counseling Psychology doctoral degree program has no terminal master's degree program, nor do we offer distance learning courses; thus--only applicants interested in obtaining a Ph.D. are selected for admission. Incoming students with a master's degree (typically in a related field) may be able to waive a limited number of courses that they have completed elsewhere so long as the depth and breadth of a previous course is equivalent to the course presently in our graduate curriculum. Course waivers are evaluated on an individual basis.
An undergraduate psychology major is not required for entry into the program; however applicants must have completed at least 18 credit hours of psychology courses to be considered for admission. At least one statistics course is also required that can count toward the 18 credit minimum in psychology.
Students are admitted to our program based on a mentorship model. This means that typically, students apply to work directly with specific faculty members based upon common research interests. Thus, “fit” is an important consideration in our evaluation of applicants and much time and attention is devoted to the process of admitting doctoral students to our program. A subset of applicants are invited for in-person interviews during which time applicants have a chance to meet faculty and current doctoral students, get a “feel” for the climate of the department and of our program, tour the department and the campus, and get a glimpse of West Texas life.
In addition to the interview, each applicant is reviewed on his or her own merit. As part of the admissions application procedures, applicants must submit the following:
- GRE results (psychology subject test not required)
- GPA (overall, last 60 hours, & psychology only)
- TOEFL score (if applicable)
- Educational history
- At least three recommendation letters with an accompanying departmental rating sheet
- Personal statement that addresses questions listed on our application
- Record of applied and research-related experience in psychology
- Record of psychology-related presentations or publications
- Record of any honors and scholarships received
- Record of foreign language proficiency
Successful applicants also typically have:
- Strong letters of recommendation
- Clearly articulated and relevant self-statements
- Research experience
- Values and interests that fit well with the goals of the Counseling Psychology program, including experience with, and an interest in, cultural and individual diversity
- Evidence of leadership and interpersonal skills
Review the "Student Admission, Outcome, and Other Data" file below for information about student demographics, as well as mean and median GRE and GPA scores and other relevant admission and graduation data for the past ten years.
In summary, we strive to select students whose interests are congruent with our program's philosophy, aim, and faculty specializations. For instance, students interested in working primarily with children or young adolescents are not typically considered for admission as our training focus is with, late adolescent and adult clients. That said, we want students who are well-rounded, have diverse interests, and demonstrate potential to become qualified and competent health service psychologists.
Accreditation Association Information:
American Psychological Association
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