Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

APA accredited since 1984, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond implements the scientist-practitioner-leader model to prepare scientists, leaders, and professionals for functioning effectively within the community and profession of counseling psychology, emphasizing excellence, innovation, and forward thinking.

The counseling psychology Ph.D. program is a full-time program that accepts about 4 students each year, and takes about 6 years to complete. Students must have at least 18 undergraduate credit hours in psychology, including courses in statistics, experimental, and introductory psychology. Application deadline is December 1st, with an application fee of $50 to be credited toward tuition. Coursework is to begin in the fall.

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Tuition for Virginia residents is about $4,000 per year, while out-of-state tuition is close to $8,000. This amount does not include additional costs or fees implemented by the university. Assistance with tuition can be found in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and tuition remission. VCU is backed by a research university, so the department provides ample funding to counseling psychology students—it is guaranteed the first year, and additional years can be provided but is contingent on the student’s progress.

The first year of graduate study, students with complete 4 core psychology courses to expose them to theory, content, and methodology of psychology as a science, but they are encouraged to be involved in research throughout their time in the program. Throughout the program, students will sit in on faculty lectures on personal development, work with advisers, and become members of research teams, as well as contribute to publications and work on their master’s thesis and doctor dissertation.


Dr. Everett Worthington, Jr. (email: [email protected])
Director, Counseling Psychology Program

Gillian Leibach (email: [email protected])
Counseling Psychology Program Assistant

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Counseling Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, VA 23284-2018
(804) 828-1150

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Virginia Commonwealth University has ranked #12 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: 92.31%

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%