Graduate Programs


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model of training wherein professional psychologists are prepared to integrate theory, research, and practice in their practice as agents of knowledge development and change in a diverse society. The program prioritizes research, with students obtaining research, presentation, and publication experiences. The program incorporates diversity, focusing on contextually relevant skills in assessment and intervention with multicultural populations. The program also emphasizes an energetic and collaborative learning atmosphere.

December 1st is the deadline for consideration for Fall 2020 admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.



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Program Requirements

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The counseling psychology program offers ONLY the Ph.D. as a terminal degree. A master’s degree is awarded en route to the Ph.D. for students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree, but this degree does not prepare graduates for licensure as a practicing counselor. 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.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an area related to counseling psychology.
  • Submit all of the following information:
    • The online Purdue University Graduate School application and application fee.
    • The Counseling Psychology Application Supplement.
    • Three letters of reference describing research skills and potential, counseling skills and potential,
      and capacity for graduate study.
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
      • Electronic Transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School at: to be considered official.
      • Graduate School Mailing Address: Graduate Studies Office, Purdue University, 100 N. University Street, Room 3229, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098.

Tentative Plan of Study

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Fall Spring Summer
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EDPS 53100 EDPS 50700 EDPS 55700
EDPS 60000 EDPS 53300 EDPS 69600
EDPS 60100 EDPS 61400 EDPS 69900
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EDPS 61700 EDPS 62100
EDPS 61801 EDPS 62300
EDPS 62200 EDPS 62400
EDPS 62400 EDPS 63000
EDPS 69600 EDPS 69600
EDPS 69900 EDPS 69900

Supplemental Program Information

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Practicum Placements

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.

University Counseling Centers

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

Veteran’s Hospitals

VA Illiana Health Care System – Danville, IL
Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center – Indianapolis, IN

Community Mental Health Centers

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 Opportunities

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.

Tuition and Fees

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Description 2018-2018 1st Year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $9,992.00
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $28,794.00
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students $347.85*
University/institution fees or costs $397.10***
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $1,220.00

* In State
** Out-State
*** Additional $290 for international


View Faculty
Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9742 Website: Vita Website: Personal Website
Associate Department Head & Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9746 Website: Personal Website Website: Research Team
Associate Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-6420 Website: Research Site Website: Vita
Clinical Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9745
Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0837 Website: Vita
Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9739 Website: Personal Website


Course Content Information or Blackboard:
Contact Amanda Case, PhD
Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
Purdue Online
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000