Teachers College at Columbia University

Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

APA accredited since its inception, the Counseling Psychology Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York is based on the scientist-practitioner model and is dedicated to the preparation of psychological counselors who facilitate the normal and optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations that are culturally relevant, using strategies of prevention, intervention, and remediation to assist others.

Apply Online (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/admissions/index.asp?Id=Applicants&Info=Application+Instructions)

The application process is highly competitive. New students are only admitted in the fall, but the application deadline is December 15th of the year prior.

Tuition for full-time in-state students and out-of-state students are about the same, around $1,300, but this does not include additional university costs and fees, including books and travel. The financial aid deadline is February 1st.

Courses of study include scientific and professional ethics and standards, psychological measurement, statistics and research design and methodology, history and system of psychology, the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive-affective bases of behavior, the social bases of behavior, and intervention strategies and methods of inquiry, as well as preparation to undertake a doctoral dissertation. Grades of B- or lower are considered failing grades in the program.

The Counseling Psychology program takes a minimum of 4 years to complete—3 years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree and 1 year of pre-doctoral internship, but most students take 5 to 7 years to complete the program.


Ivan Man (email: [email protected])
Assistant Director of Admission
(212) 678-8401

Counseling Psychology (email: [email protected])
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6696
(212) 678-3397

Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2012)

The tuition and fee information below was obtained from the 2012 IPEDS survey and is for informational purposes only, for the offical cost of attendance please contact Teachers College at Columbia University.

  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $30,860
  • Additional Fees: $800
  • Part-Time Graduate Per Credit Charges: $1,290

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1952.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Teachers College at Columbia University has ranked #19 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: 89.66%

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%