Iowa State University

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

APA accredited since 1973, the Ph.D. program in counseling psychology at Iowa State University in Ames is part of the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This doctoral program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model with duel emphasis on the acquisition of scientific knowledge and research skills, as well as the development of processional competencies in counseling, assessment, and supervision.

Students entering with a bachelor’s degree are required to spend 4 years in full-time study and 1 year of full-time internship. Student entering the program with a master’s degree require 3 years of full-time study and 1 year of full-time internship. All students are required to complete 4 semesters, including courses in counseling theories and techniques, assessment, vocational counseling, ethics, psychopathology, and multicultural counseling, as well as training in the core areas of psychology.

The Ph.D. program only accepts 4 to 6 students per year with a GPA of 3.56 or greater. The application deadline is December 15th.

Incoming counseling psychology graduate students are offered assistantships in teaching or research within the Department of Psychology, while advanced students will have opportunities for counseling assistantships at the Student Counseling Services, Student Mental Health Service, Academic Success Center, and Student Disabilty Resources. Half-time graduate assistantship covers full-time tuition and provides health and dental insurance. There are also fellowship opportunities and grants and awards to help with tuition and associated fees.


Nathaniel G. Wade, Ph.D. (email: [email protected])
Department of Psychology (email: [email protected])
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
W112 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 5011-3180
(515) 294-1742

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Iowa State University has ranked #13 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: 92.31%

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%