University of Southern Mississippi

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral program at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg consists of a minimum of 84 hours. This training program takes approximately 6 years to complete and is based on the scientist-practitioner training model, including opportunities for research involvement in applied, empirically-supported interventions. Students enroll in 3 or 4 courses, participate in supervised clinical training, and conduct research each semester.

Program admissions is offered only once a year with a deadline of December 1st. Only 5 individuals are selected each year, starting class in the fall.

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Students not only attend class, but they participate in research activities, meetings, clinical work, and other programs and related tasks. Those who are in good standing are awarded assistantships that come with a tuition waiver and stipend in exchange for 20 hours of community-based or department-centric work per week. They also have the opportunity to participate in grant funded research, support teaching faculty, and even teach undergraduate courses, as well as take part in funded assistantships, including supervised clinical experiences in the community.

As an APA-accredited doctoral program, students study the core areas of psychology, including cognitive, affective, and biological bases of behavior, research, statistics, human development, and diversity. Students also learn applied skills through counseling theories and assessment, vocational counseling, multicultural counseling, and evidence based approaches to treatment. Additional research and statistic courses are available, including substance abuse counseling, counseling and assessment of child and adolescent problems, and coursework on marriage and family counseling.

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Bonnie C. Nicholson, Ph. D, Director of Training (email: [email protected])
118 College Drive. #5025
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-6224

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 Southern Mississippi.

In-State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $6,340
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $350
Out of State Tuition & Fees
  • Full-Time Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,450
  • Part-Time Per Credit Charges: $800

Program Accreditation Details

The PhD program in counseling psychology at University of Southern Mississippi has been accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation since 1979.

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Southern Mississippi has ranked #1 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: 100%

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%