Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, PhD

Our combined doctoral program in counseling psychology and school psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Assocation, focuses on preparing psychologists who can evaluate, provide and enhance human services through scientific inquiry and practice. Our program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training that provides you with an opportunity to receive specialized training in either counseling psychology or school psychology. The major difference between the two concentrations is counseling psychology's emphasis on older adolescent and adult populations as compared to school psychology's focus on child and adolescent client populations.

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Why Counseling Psychology and School Psychology at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • foundation in psychological science that addresses etiology, prevention and intervention with contemporary problems
  • integration of science and practice through instruction in research methods, counseling/interventions and supervised practicum experiences
  • quality advisement for ongoing research efforts and clinical training

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Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Credits required for completion 96
Time to completion 5 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus
Careers

Licensed psychologist in:

  • hospitals
  • mental health centers
  • school systems
  • university counseling centers
Doctoral practicum contact hours 1000
Application deadline Dec. 1

Program Coursework

Five Year Program: Counseling Psychology (CP)

First Year
Fall

CEP 509 Education and Psychology Measurement
CEP 522 Statistical Methods I*
CEP 581 Research Methods I
CEP 610 Perspectives in Counseling Psychology
CEP 618CP Principles of Counseling Practice
CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theories
Spring

CEP 523 Statistical Methods II
CEP 582 Research Methods II
CEP 597 Counseling Practicum
CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling
CEP 658 Intro to Group Counseling
Second Year

Fall

CEP 525 Multivariate Analyses or
CEP 529 Regression Analyses**
CEP 590B Adult Cognitive Assessment
CEP 601A Advanced Practicum
CEP 695 Psychopathology and Evidence-based Interventions
CEP 700 Research Project

Spring

CEP 528 HLM**
CEP 541 Human Development
CEP 601A Advanced Practicum
CEP 690 Personality Assessment
CEP 700 Research Project
Third Year

Fall

CEP 601B Advanced Practicum
CEP 630 Adv Theories in Psychotherapy#
CEP 674 Functional Neuroscience#
CEP 700 Research Project

Spring

CEP 564 Cognitive Psychology
CEP 601B Advanced Practicum
CEP 617 Advanced Group Counseling
CEP 702 Dissertation
Fourth Year

Fall

CEP 601C Advanced Practicum
CEP 606 History and Systems#
CEP 686 Vocational Psychology#***
CEP 702 Dissertation

Spring

CEP 547 Social Psychology#
CEP 601C Advanced Practicum
CEP 665 Supervision and Consultation
CEP 702 Dissertation

Fifth Year

Fall

CEP 602 Internship in Counseling Psychology

Spring

CEP 602 Internship in Counseling Psychology

* May be waived with prior approval
** Possible options for required Advanced Statistics Courses though other options are available
*** Prerequisite Career Counseling Course may be required and should be taken earlier
Rotating courses offered every other year

Five Year Program: School Psychology (SP)

First Year

Fall

CEP 522 Statistical Methods I*
CEP 581 Research Methods I
CEP 590A Psychology Measurement and Intellectual Assessment
CEP 593A Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 640 Perspectives in School Psychology
CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theories

Spring

CEP 523 Statistical Methods II
CEP 582 Research Methods II
CEP 592 Psych Assessment Child and Adolescents
CEP 593A Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 644 Counseling with Child and Adolescents

Second Year

Fall

CEP 525 Multivariate Analyses**
    or CEP 529 Regression Analyses**
CEP 593B Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 650 Behavior Therapy with Child and Adolescents
CEP 656 Collaboration for School Safety
CEP 700 Research Project

Spring

CEP 528 HLM**
CEP 551 School-wide Practices Diverse Learners
CEP 593B Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 664 Process of Consultation
CEP 694 Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
CEP 700 Research Project

Third Year

Fall

CEP 601B Advanced Practicum
CEP 674 Functional Neuroscience#
CEP 695 Psychopathology and Evidence-Based Interventions
CEP 700 Research Project

Spring

CEP 541 Human Development
CEP 601B Advanced Practicum
CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling
CEP 690 Personality Assessment
CEP 702 Dissertation

Fourth Year

Fall

CEP 601C Advanced Practicum
CEP 606 History and Systems#
CEP 702 Dissertation

Spring

CEP 547 Social Psychology#
CEP 564 Cognitive Psychology
CEP 601C Advanced Practicum
CEP 665 Supervision and Consultation (1 credit)
CEP 702 Dissertation

Fifth Year

Fall

CEP 699 Internship in School Psychology

Spring

CEP 699 Internship in School Psychology

* May be waived with prior approval
** Possible options for required Advanced Statistics Courses, though other options are available
Rotating courses offered every other year

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Application Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s (BA/BS) or master's degree in a related field. While an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, we suggest that you present a broad background in the applied social sciences including anthropology, psychology and sociology. 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 2005.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Personal Interview upon university request: Applicants must make themselves available for interviews with faculty on campus. In most cases there will be one current doctoral student interviewing as well.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test. 
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Financial documentation – International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.