College of Education2014-2015

Department of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2017

This plan provides substantive training utilizing a scientist-professional model integrating psychological theory, research, and practice. The concentration reflects a generalist philosophy which promotes the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and environmental systems using empirically supported interventions that include relatively brief counseling approaches, prevention, consultation, psycho-education, and career-development.

Our doctoral curriculum follows American Psychological Association guidelines and includes coursework in psychological foundations, educational foundations, specialization in counseling psychology practice, and research and statistics. Our low doctoral student-advisor ratio affords you the opportunity to receive significant individual supervision in assessment, interventions, and research training. This doctoral psychology program meets the criteria of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.


What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology?

There is a growing need in our society to train counseling psychologists to facilitate effective personal and interpersonal functioning in a variety of settings with diverse persons having varied problems and needs. Our doctoral program reflects a training curriculum that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.

At the core the counseling psychology training program at Northern Arizona University is the integration of theory, research, and practice. We believe that this core is best realized using a scientist-professional training model that includes a systematic analysis of human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • College or university professor in Educational Psychology

University Requirements

  • To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.

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In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least two years of full-time equivalent coursework beyond the master's degree
  • Two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) of full-time residency
  • A preliminary exam
  • A comprehensive exam
  • The completion of a one-year internship
  • The preparation of a dissertation

Minimum Units for Completion 109
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Individualized research is required.
Some online/blended coursework Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test
    • 3 letters of recommendation with at least two from faculty
    • Completion of masters degree in Counseling or Psychology prior to enrolling in the program
    • Responses to specific essay questions
Doctoral Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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