Educational Psychology - Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education
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.
To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) 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.
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
Additional Admission Requirements
Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
The NAU graduate online application is required for all programs. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
Admission requirements include the following:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale ("A" = 4.0), or the equivalent.
Visit the NAU Graduate Admissions website for additional information about graduate school application deadlines, eligibility for study, and admissions policies.
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International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy.
- 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
Take the following 109 units:
- EPS 590, EPS 601, EPS 605, EPS 620, EPS 621, EPS 625, EPS 640, EPS 650, EPS 664, EPS 671, EPS 673, EPS 660, EPS 669, EPS 670, EPS 680, EPS 681, EPS 690, EPS 692, EPS 700, EPS 706, EPS 708, EPS 710, EPS 712, EPS 722, EPS 724, EPS 725, EPS 737, EPS 740, EPS 767, EPS 798 (88 units)
- Select from: EPS 610, EPS 611, EPS 612, EPS 702 (3 units)
- EPS 796, for the post-practicum internship (9 units)
- EPS 799 for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation. Please note that you may end up taking more than the 9 units of dissertation credit you can count toward your degree because you must enroll for it each time while you are working on your dissertation. (9 units)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.