University of Akron

Department of Counseling - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology (CPCP) was established in 1983 at the University of Akron in Ohio and is one of approximately 70 other APA-accredited programs in the US to have adopted the strategy of combining resources of two departments in order to offer a doctoral program. This joint effort between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Counseling uses an apprenticeship model to provide training to students of diverse backgrounds, providing students with opportunities to develop various special interests. The PhD program is 5 year program in Counseling Psychology that is geared toward students who already hold a B.A. in psychology.

Since the program is a cooperative effort, the student has the opportunity to enter either through the Department of Counseling or the Department of Psychology—each department has specific criteria that must be met, including degree requirements, GPA, and GRE scores. The deadline for admission is December 1st.

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Typically all CPCP students receive full tuition waivers as part of the assistantship package which may involve teaching, research, or administration, and usually require 20 hours of work per week.

The CPCP program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training, studying not only core areas of psychology, buy also theories of psychotherapy, supervision, diversity issues in counseling psychology, vocational psychology, testing theory and practice, research and statistics, and professional issues. Internships are also required to further extend training in scientific, methodological, theoretical foundations, and applied activities of psychological practice, allowing students to build skill in basic psychological assessment and counseling as well as work with clients. Internships consist of 2,000 hours over no more than 2 years and must be approved in advance by the Collaborative Program Internship Committee.


Department of Counseling (330) 972-7777
Department of Psychology (330) 972-7280
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

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 University of Akron.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $7,290
  • Additional Fees: $1,290
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $410
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $12,470
  • Additional Fees: $1,290
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $690

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at University of Akron has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1990.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Akron has ranked #2 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: 97.37%

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%