Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1961, the Counseling Psychology doctor program offered by Southern Illinois University is a traditional Boulder-model program, emphasizing both science and practice equally, balancing the training experience with the development of the student as a researcher and counselor.

Application are accepted from both students with bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees, however, the program is geared toward those carrying a bachelor’s degree.

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Only 5 to 7 applicants are accepted each year. The application deadline is December 1st, with coursework beginning in the fall.

Full-time tuition for in-state students is almost $12,000 for the first year, while out-of-state tuition is around $29,500, not including additional university costs or fees associated with enrollment (books, travel, student services, etc.) Financial support is available for all 1st year graduate students, as well as the following years in the program as long as the student is in good standing. Students can anticipate receiving a tuition waiver as well as stipend for teaching, acting as a research assistant, or as part of an externship.

Typical program courses include psychology core courses, including biological, cognitive, social, and individual basis of behavior, as well as counseling program core and practicum courses, including research methods, psychological measurement, psychotherapy, theory and practice, assessment, career development, ethical and professional issues, and supervision. Students are also responsible for preliminary examinations, a master’s thesis and doctor dissertation, and a full-time 12-month internship.


Psychology Department (email: [email protected])
Main Code 6502
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 629001-6502
(618) 453-3564

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale has ranked #34 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: 76%

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%