University of Northern Colorado

Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

APA-accredited since 1995,the Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado offers a Counseling Psychology doctoral program that prepares students in the application of different therapeutic treatment modalities, professional presentation and behavior, and evidence-based practice, as well as prepares them for conducting assessments and to utilize research methodology and data analysis.

Students entering Ph.D. program with a master’s degree take approximately 5.5 years to graduate. At least 4 full-tome academic training years and 1 year pre-doctoral internship are required for a student entering the program with a bachelor’s degree—a year less for those holding a master’s.

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Only 6 to 9 applicants are accepted each year, and the application deadline is December 1st, with courses starting the following fall semester.

Full-time in-state tuition runs about $15,000 per year, while out-of-state tuition is close to $32,000, not including additional university fees or other costs associated with attending graduate school. For the past several years, all incoming and returning Counseling Psychology graduate students have been offered assistantships that not only paid part of the student’s tuition, but included a monthly stipend. Other financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans.

121 credits are required to graduate the Counseling Psychology program with a Ph.D. This includes core coursework in psychology, counseling psychology, assessment, and licensing, including diagnosis and treatment planning, psychological consultation, family systems, career theory, and life span development, as well as research core and statistical methods, as well as research, dissertation, and internship credits.


Basilia Softas-Nall, PhD (email: [email protected])
Coordinator & Director of Training
PhD program in Counseling Psychology
291 McKee Hall/Campus Box 131
The University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1631

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 University of Northern Colorado.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,050
  • Additional Fees: $1,140
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $500
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $17,820
  • Additional Fees: $1,140
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $990

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at University of Northern Colorado has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 2010.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Northern Colorado has ranked #42 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: 70.59%

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%