Goals of the Ph.D. Program - Our training model includes the following 3 goals:  

Goal 1: Educate counseling psychologists to think scientifically in both research and applied settings.

Objective 1.1: Acquisition of a wide range of professional and psychological knowledge.

Objective 1.2: Acquire a wide range of applied skills relevant to their practice.

Objective 1.3: Acquires a thorough grounding in the scientific method and be able to contribute to the knowledge base in counseling psychology.

Goal 2:  Educate counseling psychologists who are sensitive to the differing worldviews of a broad range of individuals so that they can apply psychological principles within their clients' phenomenological and cultural contexts.

Objective 2.1: Articulates an integrated conceptualization of multicultural competencies that guides professional activities.

Objective 2.2: Demonstrates awareness of her/his personal values and beliefs related to own and other cultural groups and how this awareness influences her/his professional activities, such as practice, research, advocacy/consultation and professional relationships.

Goal 3: Educate counseling psychologists who can think and act professionally, ethically and in a socially responsible manner.

Objective 3.1: To increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills in order to respond to the ethical and legal issues within the profession.

Objective 3.2: To acquire the professional identity of a counseling psychologist as well as the professional knowledge and skills to actively participate in the field of counseling psychology.

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Pre-doctoral Internship

Accreditation and Licensing

This program leads to the granting of the PhD degree. This program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1953. Students obtaining this degree will be eligible to sit for the national licensing exam. Most states require additional post-doctoral clinical hours. Please check with individual state licensing boards for this specific information.

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Washington, DC  20002-4242
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Admission Requirements
For admission into the doctoral program, the MU Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology requires that all applicants submit the following materials: (1) The MU graduate school application; (2) the ESCP Departmental Application; (3) three letters of recommendation; (4) an official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with scores being no more than five years old; and (5) an official transcript of all previous coursework, both graduate and undergraduate.
Other admission policies include: A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; a combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative score of 1200 or higher (preferred); for international students, TOEFL score of at least 580 for the paper test or 237 for the computer version (preferred); and a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to psychology (or equivalent background coursework) (preferred). Department faculty may decide to admit a student without a related bachelor's degree or equivalent coursework, but the student will have to complete specified prerequisite courses (as specified by the faculty) before beginning the degree curriculum.

Professional Associations
Students are encouraged, but not required, to join and become actively involved in the associations of the profession, specifically Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology of APA or professional organizations most aligned with their specialization.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this degree program go on to both practice careers and academic positions. Examples of settings in which graduates are currently employed include:

*     Universities as faculty in Counseling Psychology programs

*     University Counseling Center Staff

*     Private Practice

*     Employee Assistance Programs

*     Mental Health Centers

*     Private, Non-Profit, Community-Based Organizations

*     Public School Systems

*     Medical Centers/Hospitals/VA's