New Mexico State University

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1998, the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruses offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, offering educational experiences in the foundations of scientific psychology and the applied are of counseling psychology. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model and stresses the integration of theory, research, and practice.

Applicants are required to hold either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or related field. Coursework in counseling practicum, counseling theory, group work theory, human development, the psychology of multiculturalism, family therapy theory, career planning and vocational assessment, appraisal theory, counseling research and statistics, and diagnosis and treatment planning, will enhance the student’s rankings and better their chances for acceptance.

The application deadline is December 15th to be considered for summer enrollment.

All graduate students pay in-state tuition which is a little more than $8,000 per year. All students are guaranteed a 10 hour per week assistantship for the fall and spring semesters for the 3 years they are on campus, granting a tuition waiver. Additional funding is available via scholarships, grants, and student loans.

Student coursework includes psychological theory and experiences, assessment, techniques of intervention, practicum placement, internship, qualifying and comprehensive examinations, and doctoral dissertation.


New Mexico State University
College of Education
Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology
MSC 3CEP, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001
(575) 646-2121

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 New Mexico State University.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $5,240
  • Additional Fees: $1,270
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $220
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $18,270
  • Additional Fees: $1,270
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $760

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at New Mexico State University has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1995.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

New Mexico State University has ranked #56 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: 57.89%

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%