University at Albany – SUNY

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

Continuously APA accredited since 1980, the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Albany in New York provides integrated scientist-practitioner training in psychology as a discipline and in counseling psychology as a specialization. While the curriculum encompasses 76 credit hours in the four basic areas of professional core in psychology, counseling psychology, supervised practicum, and research design, measurement, and statistics, it also includes credit hours in seminars, internship training, and a dissertation.

The Ph.D. program usually accepts 7 to 8 students each year, with either bachelor’s or master’s degrees. All applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits in undergraduate psychology coursework. Students entering with a bachelor’s degree can finish the program in a minimum of 5 years, but typically students will take 6 years to take full advantage of an array of clinical and research opportunities.

The application deadline is December 1st, with classes to begin in the fall.

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Annual costs for tuition and fees for graduate students are around $12,000 per year for NY residents and $22,000 for out-of-state students. Graduate students can apply for financial assistance through fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships, as well as scholarships.

To move to full status as a doctoral candidate, every student must pass a comprehensive exam over the major content areas of counseling psychology. This exam is typically given in the summer following the 3rd year in the program although many students entering with a master’s degree will take it after their second year.


Division of Counseling Psychology (email: [email protected])
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
ED 220
University at Albany
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-5040

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University at Albany – SUNY has ranked #10 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: 93.55%

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%