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Students enroll in courses to fulfill certain Department Core Area requirements and Counseling Psychology Area requirements. The Department Core Area requirements are geared to provide comprehensive coverage of the breadth of health service psychological science. Students are also required to take Counseling Applied Area Requirements which include core courses such as Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy, Vocational Psychology and Seminar in Professional Ethics. Additionally, students take assessment courses, electives, statistics courses as well as research and dissertation hours. Students who wish to receive funding though a TA appointment are required to take at least 1 credit hour of a Colloquium of Teaching Psychology course. Overall a minimum of 91 hours is required to graduate with a PH.D. However, most students' hours exceed that amount. (see below)

Students with prior graduate training may be admitted to this doctoral program and are able to transfer up to 15 credit hours for required departmental courses and up to 15 hours for required program courses. All requested course transfers are reviewed by a relevant course instructor and a Counseling Psychology faculty member on a case-by-case basis and must satisfy stated course requirements. Any such courses taken during prior graduate training that are approved for transfer to this doctoral program reduce the number of courses that are required for completion during a student's time in this doctoral program.

Course Requirements for the Counseling Psychology Core Area
(Department Core Courses are listed in the Department Handbook)

Discipline Specific Knowledge (3 credit hours)

PSY 5350 - History and Systems of Psychology

Basic Content Areas in Scientific Psychology (required: 12 credits)

PSY 5301 - Biological Bases of Psychological Function

PSY 5356 - Seminar in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

PSY 5327 - Social Psychology and Emotion

PSY 5302 - Life Span Development

Research Requirements (33 credit hours)

PSY 5345- Research Seminar in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

PSY 6000 – Master's Thesis (up to 6 hours)

PSY 8000 – Dissertation Research (up to 12 hours)

Counseling Psychology Applied Area Requirements (42 credit hours)

PSY 5316 - Introduction to Counseling Psychology

PSY 5334 - Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy

PSY 5306 - Seminar in Professional Ethics

PSY 5338 - Seminar in Psychopathology

PSY 5308 - Vocational Psychology

PSY 5002 - Advanced Practicum (16 credits required)

PSY 5105 - Supervision and Consultation

PSY 5205 – Supervision and Consultation Practicum

PSY 5004 - Doctoral Internship (4 credits required)

PSY 5396 - Multicultural Counseling

PSY 5101 – Colloquium in the Teaching of Psychology (1)

Assessment Area Requirements (10-11 credit hours)

PSY 5404 - Practicum in Intelligence Testing (4)

PSY 5315 - Objective Personality Assessment

Students also have the option of taking one of the following two courses:

PSY 5485 - Psychometric and Item Response Theory (4) or

EPSY 5349 – Psychometrics

Statistics Requirements (9-10 credit hours)

PSY 5480 Experimental Design

PSY 5447 Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis

Choose one:

PSY 5448 Advanced Multivariate Analysis for Psychologists (4)

PSY 5460 Structural Equation Modeling for Psychologists (4)

PSY 5367 Analysis of Repeated Measures and Intensive Longitudinal Designs

(see the Department Handbook for information about the Statistics Certificate)

Electives (required: one 3 credit hour course)

PSY 5309 - Neuropsychological Assessment

PSY 5323 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

PSY 5333 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

PSY 5377 - Behavioral Medicine and Psychology

PSY 5384 - Psychology and Law

For addition curriculum information see the Counseling Psychology Handbook, and for an example of courses to take each semester, see the Sample Curriculum Plan.

The department now offers a graduate certificate program in psychological methods and analysis. Five courses must be completed in order to obtain the certificate. See the certificate page for more.

The Counseling Psychology Program has made the necessary changes to be in compliance with Texas Senate Bill 17 regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. More information can be found here.

Link to APA Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Public Disclosure: Professional Licensure by State

The Texas Tech University Counseling Psychology Program is required to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether our program meets the education requirements for licensure or certification for all 50 states, District of Columbia, and specified U.S. territories. Our program is responsible for determining whether our academic program meets applicable state education requirements for professional licensure or certification. See the TTU Counseling Psychology Program's Professional Licensure by State Table.

Program Acceptance for Licensure by State

APA Accredited, Next Review: 2033

Contact Information for Accrediting Association:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation