Brigham Young University

Counseling Psychology and Special Education - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, offers a PhD program based on a scientist-practitioner model of training, acknowledging the interdependence of theory, research, and practice. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), the PhD in Counseling Psychology “seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives.”

Since most of the university costs are paid by LDS Church member tithes, students who are members of the church are offered a lower tuition. LDS student pay close to $7,500 per year for full-time tuition, while non-LDS students pay closer to $15,000. Both amounts do not include additional fees or costs, including books and travel.

January 15th is the program application deadline, and all new admissions begin coursework in the fall. Students admitted into the doctoral program have usually completed either a bachelor’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences or a master’s degree in counseling. The average time to complete the program is about 5 years of full-time study.

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Students must complete a minimum of 82 semester hours (some may be transferred from a master’s program) of coursework in psychological foundations, quantitative/research skills, psychological and educational assessment, counseling psychology core, and religion/psychology integration, as well as 26 semester hours of practicum and clerkship credit, 17 hours of dissertation credit, and 6 hours of predoctoral internship credit. All work toward the PhD in Counseling Psychology must be completed within 8 years.

BYU students are required to maintain a GPA above 3.0 in classes that are part of the student’s graduate program of study to continue in the program.

The PhD Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (


Aaron P. Jackson, Director of Training (email [email protected])
Brigham Young University
340-J MCKB
Provo, UT 84602-5093
(801) 442-8031

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Brigham Young University has ranked #43 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: 70.45%

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%