University of Iowa

Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

APA accredited since 1983, the Counseling Psychology doctoral program is part of the College of Education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City aims to train students in both science and practice of counseling psychology, as well as contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Students may enter the program with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The program only accepts 5 to 8 students each year, and the deadline for program applications are December 1, with full-time classes to begin in the fall.

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Students are expected to maintain a 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

The estimated annual expenses for graduate students enrolled in 9 or more semester hours for the fall and spring semesters is about $27,000 for Iowa residents and $44,000 for out-of-state residents—this rate not only includes tuition and fees, but also books and living expenses. Financial aid, scholarships, and assistantships are available to help with the financial burden of tuition and its associated fees.

The Ph.D. counseling psychology program requires a minimum of 111 hour graduate credit and 12-15 dissertation hours. The basic psychology core must consist of biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social basis of behavior, and history and systems, as well as statics and research, and counseling psychology core courses, including counseling, psychotherapy, personality assessment, and many more. A year-long internship is also required to complete the program.


College of Education (email: [email protected])
The University of Iowa
N310 Lundquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Iowa has ranked #8 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: 94.12%

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%