Western Michigan University

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

In 1978, the Department of Education and the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University began to offer a counseling psychology doctoral program based on the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing theory, research, and practice, with a curriculum designed to ensure professional competency.

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology requires a record of successful study, with preference given to applicants with backgrounds in psychology, counseling, or related areas. Students may apply with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Apply Online (http://www.wmich.edu/apply/graduate/)

The Ph.D. program only accepts about 9 students each year. The application deadline is December 10th for classes starting in the fall.

In-state tuition runs about $500 per credit hour, while out-of-state students will pay more than $1,000 per credit hour. Financial aid is available in the form of assistantships, associateships, fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships, as well as financial assistance programs offered by individual departments and external funding opportunities

Coursework consists of basic core in psychology, including research design and statistics, human development, and history and systems of psychology, as well as biological, cognitive-affective, and social bases of behavior, with specialization courses in counseling psychology. Students are also required to complete a series of comprehensive exams, research, dissertation, and a pre-doctoral internship.


Eric Sauer, Ph.D. (email: [email protected])
Associate Professor, Co-Training Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, and Licensed Psychologist
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
WMU Graduate Center
200 Ionia St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 771-4171

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 Western Michigan University.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,510
  • Additional Fees: $840
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $480
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $24,380
  • Additional Fees: $840
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $1,020

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at Western Michigan University has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1993.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Western Michigan University has ranked #48 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: 65.85%

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%