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Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology offered at University of Kentucky follows the Boulder model for preparing scientist-practitioners, with an emphasis on social justice issues. The University of Kentucky Counseling Psychology program closely follows the American Psychological Association guidelines for professional practice.
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The doctoral program generally takes six years of full-time study (minimum of nine credit hours per semester) to complete if the student enters with a Master’s degree in Counseling. This optimal timeline includes a one-year, full-time internship at an APA accredited site, which may require relocation to another city or state. A majority of our program graduates gain employment either in Mental Health Agencies, University Counseling Centers, or in federal facilities (e.g., VA or prison).

Another large group of graduates engage in private practice. Some graduates pursue research or teaching positions in institutes of higher education. These first employment setting is typically closely related to the specialized type of experience gained from the student’s internship year.

The philosophy of the Counseling Psychology Program is rooted in the values and goals of a socially just society. A socially just society is contingent on the optimal health and well-being of all persons in that society. The health and well-being of persons is contingent on access to healthy environments that support healthy development and functioning. Our goal is to train counseling psychologists who are competent in providing professional psychological services that facilitate human well-being and the transformation of unhealthy and oppressive societal structures.

The Counseling Psychology program is offer at the University of Kentucky.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Resume/Vita. Be sure to include your educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of reference are required, though three are encouraged.
  • Writing Sample. (PhD applicants only). Submit a sole-authored article, class paper, Master’s Thesis, or manuscript. Writing sample should demonstrate command of APA style.
  • Statement of Purpose. Please tailor your statement of purpose to the program of study to which you are applying by addressing the relevant questions below:
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      30224 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
    • National

      11772 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
    • In-State

      11772 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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    Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

    • 900 - 1400 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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