Lehigh University

Department of Education and Human Services - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The PhD Counseling Psychology program in the College of Education at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, trains students in the competencies necessary to deliver mental health services to multicultural client populations, respecting race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, spirituality, age, religion, and socioeconomic status. It’s fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Training adheres to the scientist-practitioner model, presuming skillful and professional practice, utilizing sound principles and models of psychological science and social justice.

The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 1st and the fee is $65.00. The program only accepts 4 to 6 doctoral students each year, and those who are not accepted are invited to enroll in the master’s program.

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If the student has completed the master’s degree program, he or she can attain their PhD in 5 years—without the master’s program, the degree can be attained in 6 years. On top of general counseling and psychology core courses, the student must complete a total of 130 credits, including Advanced Applications in Counseling, Advanced Seminar, Apprenticeship, Research Methods, and Practicum, as well as complete an internship, qualifying project, and dissertation.

Financial aid is available as well as graduate assistantships and tuition support.


College of Education (email: [email protected])
Iacocca Hall
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3225

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Lehigh University has ranked #5 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: 95.45%

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%