Washington State University

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Washington State University in Pullman offers a Counseling Psychology doctoral program that utilizes the scientist-practitioner learning model, balancing applied, theoretical, and scientific components in practice, preparing graduates to function as counseling psychologists in a variety of academic and service devil very systems.

Most Ph.D. students in Counseling Psychology, coming into the program with a bachelor’s degree, take 5 to 6 to complete the program, including 1-year of pre-doctoral internship. Students are not required to have an undergraduate degree to apply to the program, and student from a variety of majors have gained admission into the program—although majors in psychology and education degrees are preferred.

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Only 6 new students are accepted into the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program each year. The application deadline is December 1st for enrollment in the following fall semester.

Full-time tuition for Washington residents is about $12,000 for the first year, while out-of-state students pay more than $25,000 for tuition. Almost all incoming doctoral students are able to find graduate assistantships or other financial support for tuition, including fellowships, grants, scholarships, and student loans.

Coursework includes theory, research, psychological assessment, vocational/career counseling and assessment, professional and ethical issues, life-span development, counselor supervision, counseling diverse populations, statistics and measurements, and research design, as well as psychological foundations in biological, cognitive, social, and individual bases of behavior. Training also includes extensive practica, dissertation, and internship experiences.


Office of Graduate Studies (email: [email protected])
College of Education (email: [email protected])
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509) 335-1738

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

Washington State University has ranked #53 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: 60%

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%