Georgia State University

Department of Counseling and Psychological Services - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. offered by the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services in the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta is designed for students who want to pursue careers as university professors, researchers, psychotherapists, or directs of psychological services, providing developmental, preventative, and remedial services to a wide variety of clients.

On top of developing mentoring relationships and working as part of a research team, students take part in a variety of unique training opportunities, including attending conferences, continuing graduate assistantships, completing a pre-dissertation and dissertation, attending seminars on “hot” topics, and taking part in student-run chapters of counseling organization.

Students beginning the doctoral program should have completed a master’s degree in an appropriate major. It should takes about 5 years to complete the Ph.D. program—a minimum of 101 semester hours.

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The program accepts 5 to 7 students each year. The application deadline is December 1st, with coursework beginning in the fall.

Tuition for full-time in-state students is approximately $4,000, while out-of-state student will pay closer to $14,500. This rate does not include additional university costs or fees associated with attending graduate school, including books, travel, or students services. First year students will often work as research assistant to their advising professor to offset tuition and receive a small stipend.


CPS Admissions (email: [email protected])
Jeff Ashby, Ph.D. (email: [email protected])
program coordinator
Georgia State University
PO Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302-3965
(404) 413-8170

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Georgia State University has ranked #26 out of the 62 programs that were analyzed. The rankings are based on performance of graduates on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The EPPP is broken into eight content areas or "Rubics" which are listed below, get more information by visiting our data and ranking methodology page.

Overall EPPP Passrate: 83.33%

Content AreaPercent Correct

Biological Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 13%

Social and Multicultural Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Growth and Lifespan Development

Percent of Exam: 12%

Assessment and Diagnosis

Percent of Exam: 14%

Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision

Percent of Exam: 14%

Research Methods and Statistics

Percent of Exam: 8%

Ethical, Legal, Professional Issues

Percent of Exam: 15%