University of Utah

Department of Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1957, the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology that follows the scientist-practitioner model.

The Counseling Psychology program takes about 5 years to complete, including a full-year, pre-doctoral internship. It will take slightly less time if the student is entering the program with a master’s degree in counseling. Students should have a background in general and experimental psychology, human development, neuropsychology, normal and abnormal behavior, and elementary statistics and research methods.

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Only 4 to 6 applicants are accepted into the Counseling Psychology program each year. The application deadline is December 15th, with coursework beginning the following fall.

Tuition for in-state residents, including additional university costs and fees, is about $860 per credit hour, and out-of-state nonresidents will pay close to $2,500 per credit hour. While the Department cannot guarantee funding for every student, they have been successful in the last several years in securing funding for all students who require full or partial tuition assistance.

Program requirements include coursework in behavioral sciences, research and statistics, counseling, and psychotherapy, as well as counseling practice with an intensive year of practicum and 2 years of advanced field practicum, national conference presentation, submitting scholarly articles, and completion of a pre-dissertation research project, qualifying examination, and Ph.D. dissertation.


Educational Psychology
1721 Campus Center Drive SAEC
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9255
(801) 581-7148

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Utah has ranked #31 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: 78.05%

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%