University of Missouri – Kansas City

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

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1985, the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC) emphasizes cultural and individual diversity within a scientist-practitioner model, teaching students to be ethical and flexible professionals who are able to work in a variety of settings, including 2 and 4-year colleges and universities, university counseling centers, veteran affairs facilities, hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice.

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Students with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees are accepted into the Counseling Psychology program, however, only 6 to 10 applicants are accepted each year. Application deadline is January 1st, with classes beginning in the fall.

Counseling Psychology students are required to enroll full time, which is a minimum of 9 hours per semester, with classes in core courses such as general psychology, educational foundations, and counseling psychology, as well as complete assessments, practicum, predissertation research, an internship, and doctor dissertation. Students must maintain at least 3.0 GPA. A lesser GPA for more than 2 semesters will result in dismissal from the program.

Tuition based on an 18 credit-hour year is about $6,000 for in-state residents and $16,000 for out-of-state students (not including additional university costs or fees.) Approximately 7 graduate assistantships are available each year, with priority for 1st year doctoral students. These assistantships grant tuition remission and a monthly stipend for an average of 20 hours of work per week. Work may include research, program administration, office management, and work for the counseling training clinic. Other assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships can be found across campus.


Administrative Assistant (email: [email protected])
615 E. 52nd Street
215 Education Building
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-2722

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Missouri – Kansas City has ranked #18 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: 90%

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%