The APA accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology requires at least 90 credit hours including all doctoral graduate courses indicated on the sample curriculum, 12 hours of dissertation research credits, and 3 hours of Internship credit (one credit hour per semester). The program admits students post-bachelor’s and post-master’s. Course work is completed in psychological foundations, Counseling Psychology core, statistics and research design, and practicum and internship. The program consists of five years of full-time, on-campus study and a one-year pre-doctoral psychology internship. In addition to courses, students complete the preliminary examination elements, a doctoral dissertation, and a psychology internship. See the Counseling Psychology Student Handbook for a detailed discussion of these requirements. The Preliminary examination, including the Written Prelim, which is typically taken after at least one semester of off-site practicum, must be completed before beginning dissertation research and before students can apply for psychology internships. All Counseling Psychology students must apply for APA-accredited internship sites. Students should plan to leave the Greater Lafayette area in order to complete this internship requirement.
Many students with previous graduate coursework can transfer (a) basic courses from the first year of study or (b) core psychology courses into the doctoral program (see your advisor and Policy on Transfer of Credits; Counseling Psychology Handbook). The faculty will make every effort to identify courses that may be transferred before applicants are asked to formally accept admission into the program.
The Counseling Psychology program offers ONLY a Ph.D. doctoral degree. No master’s degree is awarded, only the doctorate. Students who are unsure that they can or will complete a doctoral program should apply to a master’s program or to a doctoral program that awards a master’s degree as a part of the doctoral requirements.
All program information is available online. The faculty encourage students to inform themselves about the program. At a minimum, please check the Student Handbook.
December 1st is the deadline for consideration for August admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
Students begin the application process to off-site practicum sites following consultation with their advisor the academic year prior to starting off-site. Often this is during student’s 2nd and 3rd years. In the spring semester, the program’s Off-Site Practicum Coordinator hosts a practicum fair for students to learn more about practicum partnerships in the community. After the attending the practicum fair, students contact practicum sites they are most interested in to set up an interview. Students should not contact sites directly before the practicum fair. Below are select examples of off-site practicum locations where our students receive training.
Please note: students may need to satisfy certain eligibility requirements (e.g., background check, drug screening) for some site placements. The placements change regularly as the program adds new sites and other sites become unavailable. Some sites accept only advanced students.
Purdue University, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – West Lafayette, IN
Indiana State University Student Counseling Services – Terre Haute, IN
IUPUI Counseling & Psychological Services – Indianapolis, IN
Butler University – Indianapolis, IN
DePauw University – Greencastle, IN
VA Illiana Health Care System – Danville, IL
Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center – Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Women’s Prison – Indianapolis, IN
Willowstone Family Services, Inc – Lafayette, IN
Wabash Valley Hospital, Inc., Outpatient – Lafayette, IN
Four County Counseling Center – Logansport, IN
Wabash Valley / River Bend Hospital – West Lafayette, IN
Logansport State Hospital – Logansport, IN
Funding for Counseling Psychology doctoral students is complex and comes from multiple sources. First, students find assistantships in offices across campus, including the Academic Success Center, the Military Family Research Institute, and the Center for Career Opportunities. Students must apply and interview for these positions. Faculty and peers are supportive in filtering assistantship information to students, and faculty assist students in preparing their application materials. Nonetheless, the student is responsible for following up with the information and securing the assistantship. Although our students are very competitive for these positions, the process can be stressful.
Second, students may have opportunities to teach sections of undergraduate courses. These include EPDS 105: Academic and Career Planning, EPDS 315: Collaborative Leadership – Listening, EPDS 316: Collaborative Leadership – Cross-Cultural Settings, and EPDS 317: Collaborative Leadership – Mentoring. Students have also secured teaching assistantships in the Department of Psychological Sciences.
Finally, some students obtain faculty-nominated fellowships, which guarantee funding but require 20 hours per week of work for our home department, Educational Studies. Only a few fellowships are available each year, and they are competitive.
Although funding can be stressful, all current students in the program who want funding have at least a .25 FTE appointment. Regardless, some students obtain federal or private loans to supplement their income.
Additional funding information can be found on through College of Education graduate funding.
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