University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis provides a broad foundation in the science of psychology and takes an empirical-research viewpoint toward counseling psychology, emphasizing social psychological approaches to counseling, issues related to mental health, and vocational psychology and work adjustment.

The Counseling Psychology Program is designed to be completed in 6 years, but it can be extended to expand teaching and research opportunities and experiences. The application deadline is December 1st, with classes starting in the fall. Students must have at least a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA to apply.

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The Ph.D. program is based on the scientist-practitioner training model across a wide spectrum of specialty areas, providing students with a broad background in general psychology and social science methodology. In addition to coursework, the program offers applied training through practicum and internships, including a 510 hour beginning practicum and 600 to 800 hours of advanced practicum and a full-year full-time predoctoral internship.

Tuition and fees are based on individual factors, including student status, but a baseline is about $7,500 for residents and $11,500 for non-residents for full time (6-14 hours) credit hours. This amount does not include additional fees or costs, including student services, transportation, insurance, exams, or other collegiate fees. There are a variety of ways for graduate students to receive financial aid, including assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships, as well as student loans and work-study programs.


Jo-Ida C. Hansen (email: [email protected])
Area Director
N556 Elliot Hall
75 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-3873

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities has ranked #9 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%