University of Kentucky

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

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1983, the College of Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington offers a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. committed to training students to assume emerging diverse roles and responsibilities related to advancing a social justice and multicultural agenda, and applying skills in psychology that facilitate the development of a broad range of scientific, interpersonal, and leadership competencies, utilizing the scientist-practitioner model of learning.

The doctoral program generally takes 6 years of full-time study to complete when entering with a master’s degree.Students entering with a bachelor’s degree will complete the master’s degree requirements, adding a year to the program. An additional year is spent in full-time pre-doctoral internship.

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The Counseling Psychology program only accepts about 8 students each year. The application deadline is December 1st for the following fall semester.

Full-time tuition for the first year of the graduate program costs about $5,400 for in-state students and $11,400 for out-of-state students. Graduate, research, and teaching assistantships are available to students who desire assistance. A full-time assistantship is about 20 hours per week of work for the graduate, and it is accompanied by a full tuition reimbursement, health insurance, and a stipend. Addition funding is available, including scholarships, grants, and student loans.


237 Dickey Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
(859) 257-7404

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 Kentucky.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,390
  • Additional Fees: $1,070
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $520
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $20,480
  • Additional Fees: $1,070
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $1,140

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at University of Kentucky has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1983.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Kentucky has ranked #54 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: 59.57%

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%