APA accredited, prepares health service professionals to conduct research, assume leadership as faculty members, practice applied skills in human service settings, develop multicultural competencies, develop a personal and professional identity.

The counseling psychology program at the University of Georgia offers graduate education leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree, and with appropriate experience, eligibility to be examined for licensure as a psychologist. The program is identified as a professional psychology program and is listed as a program in counseling psychology in the APA Guide to Graduate Study in Psychology as well as by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. The program is designed to prepare scientist-practitioners to bring the highest level of professional competency to research, scholarship, and clinical practice in counseling psychology. The faculty share a philosophy of training that is based on the belief that each individual student brings to the program considerable personal strengths upon which each can build in the process of completing program requirements. We focus on providing a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.

Degree Awarded: PhD

Degree Code: PHD_CPSY

The program aims to provide learning experiences sufficient to enable students to develop competency in both research and in applied practice. Graduates are expected to be able to contribute to a deeper understanding of human experience through the design, execution, and publication of meaningful research. They will also be expected to be able to apply what is known about human development, as well as what is known about the therapeutic intervention process, to problems, transitions, and crises experienced by individuals in their lives. Specifically, the objectives of the program are to prepare professionals who will be able to: (a) plan and conduct basic and applied research in Counseling Psychology; (b) assume leadership positions as faculty members in institutions of higher education and comparable organizations; (c) practice their unique clinical skills in human service settings; and (d) develop a personal and professional identity commensurate with the expectations and ethical commitments of the Counseling Psychology profession. The principal goal of the program is to produce graduates who posses the personal and professional competencies required to serve as effective teachers, researchers, and quality mental health service providers. Applicants should be persons who are committed to self-examination as part of their professional growth and learning process. Much of the learning and personal growth is expected to take place outside of the formal classroom.

Our students represent our greatest strength, particularly in terms of their diversity. By almost any measure, students who matriculate in our program are excellent. Because of the rather restrictive acceptance rate (approximately 6% to 10% of applicants each year), the typical student’s academic record greatly exceeds our minimum criteria. Also, our students come with a deep interest in scholarship and research, as well as some post-master’s degree clinical experience.

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including counseling psychology programs and/or counseling centers in colleges and universities, medical centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, schools, group and private practices, health and wellness facilities, state and federal agencies, family counseling services, and professional associations.

School/College: College of Education

Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101


Academic Department: Counseling and Human Development Services

402 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7142

Graduate Coordinator: Merrily Dunn


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