University of Houston

Department of Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Nationally accredited since 1987 by the American Psychological Association, the College of Education’s Department of Education Psychology at University of Houston offers a Counseling Psychology program that seeks to train its students as competent collaborators that adopt self-reflective and self-critical attitudes toward their own inquiry and practice, as well as adhere to high standards of ethical and professional conduct. Utilizing the scientist-practitioner model, the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program is guided by values and principles that have characterized the specialty of counseling psychology since its inception, including an abiding appreciation of individual differences, cultural diversity, person-environment interactions, and theoretical perspectives and interventions that promote educational, vocational, relationship, and emotional health.

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology requires at least 4 years of full-time study, consisting of coursework, residency, practicum, research projects, comprehensive exams, dissertation, and a 1-year pre-doctoral internship. Students are encouraged to pursue additional coursework within the Department that is pertinent to their individual research interests and career goals. For students entering the program without a master’s degree, a 5-year plan is available.

Tuition for in-state students is about $3,500 per semester (9 credit hours), while out-of-state students pay close to $6,000 per semester, not including additional costs and fees such as books, travel, or student services. Most graduate students are able to obtain assistant ships and tuition fellowships to offset program costs, and addition financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and student loan are also available, if needed.


University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 743-2255

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Houston has ranked #35 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: 75.93%

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%