University of Missouri – Columbia

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

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953, the Counseling Psychology program offered by College of Education in the Department of Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology in the University of Missouri, in Columbia, is one of the top programs in the country, utilizing the scientist-practitioner model while also valuing the mentoring and apprenticeship models of learning.

The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program takes between 4 and 5 years to complete. Students admitted to the program that have not obtained their master’s degree must complete a relevant master’s degree and receive a favorable Department review prior to continuing work toward a Ph.D.

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The application deadline is December 1st, with classwork beginning the following fall.

Tuition for in-state students is about $530 per credit hour, while out-of-state tuition is closer to $870 per credit hour, not including additional costs and fees like books, travel, or student service fees. Most student who desire funding assistance have the opportunity to apply for a university assistantship, carrying a tuition waiver. Other financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans.

The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. requires 72 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least 15 semester hours of research and independent study, and at least 12 hours of dissertation research. Students must also complete a 1 full-year full-time internship (or 2 year part-time internship), approximately 2000 clock hours, to complete the program


Dr. Mary Heppner (email: [email protected])
Program Director
202 Hill Hall
Columbia, Mo 65211
(573) 882-8574

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Missouri – Columbia has ranked #36 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: 75.51%

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%