Colorado State University

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The graduate program in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins offers a Ph.D. based on the scientist-practitioner model of training, producing students who are capable of advancing psychology as a science and who are proficient in the use of a variety of counseling and clinical techniques, demonstrating excellence in psychological theory, research, and assessment and intervention.

The first two-years of courses include Advanced Psychology, Theories of Vocational Psychology, Methods of Research, Clinical Skills, Psychopathology, Psychological Measurement and Assessment, and Diversity Issues in Counseling or Ethics and Professional Psychology Practice.

The Ph.D. program is designed as a 5 year program of full-time fall and spring semester enrollment, with a 1 year internship. Coursework consists of comprehensive examinations, covering ethics, teaching, clinical intervention skills, and specialty areas. Student evaluations are based on these exams and practicum, as well as the student’s master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, and internship.

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The application deadline is December 1st, with coursework beginning in the fall.
Program costs for the 2012/13 academic year were almost $4,000 per semester for full-time Colorado residents—out-of-state residents paid almost $10,000 per semester. Additional expenses include general fees, facility fees, technical fees, and more. However the Counseling Program has been successful in eliminating most if not all tuition and fees through research and teaching assistantships, and out-of-state students are often successfully of gaining in-state tuition their first year.


Linda Thornton (email: [email protected])
Graduate Application Coordinator
Department of Psychology
1876 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876
(970) 491-5212

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Colorado State University has ranked #17 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: 90.24%

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%