Counseling Psychology
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 2
Contact Information: 
340 MCKB
Program Requirements: 

The PhD in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (Committee on Accreditation), 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002; phone: (202) 336-5979; fax: (202) 336-5978. It is psychological in nature and is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training. The scientist-practitioner model is an integrated approach to training that acknowledges the interdependence of theory, research, and practice.

The counseling psychology program at BYU emphasizes the educational, developmental, and preventive functions of counseling psychologists. Students are primarily prepared to work as counseling psychologists in counseling centers and in academic departments in university and college settings. Students are also prepared to make remedial interventions. Graduates typically accept positions as counselors or psychologists in college or university counseling centers or as scholars/faculty members in counseling psychology or counselor education programs. Others serve in agencies or private practice as licensed psychologists.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours: 106 plus dissertation and internship.
  • Required courses: consult department program documents.
  • Residence: minimum two consecutive full-time semesters while matriculated in the doctoral program (minimum 6 credit hours each semester) on the BYU Provo campus.
  • Skill requirement: consult department.
  • Pre-doctoral internship (2,000 hours).
  • Dissertation.
  • Examinations: (A) counseling performance evaluations; (B) written comprehensive examination at completion of course work; (C) oral defense of dissertation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Psychology GRE encouraged

Additional Requirements

  1. Bachelor's or master's degree in counseling or psychology or in a closely related field
  2. Personal qualifications will be considered
Program Outcomes: 


Students are able to plan, develop, and disseminate scholarly works.

Counseling Practice

Counseling Practice - Students are able to effectively provide counseling services to a diverse clientele.

Counseling Ethics

Counseling Ethics - Students are able to ethically participate in the science and practice of counseling psychology.

Integration of Spiritual Issues

Integration of Spiritual Issues - Students are able to integrate spiritual issues into the science and practice of counseling psychology.

Multicultural Competence

Multicultural Competence - Students work effectively across cultures and apply understanding about contextual factors.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 33
International 2
Female 15
LDS 31
Minority 9
BYU Undergraduate 18
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 310.1
GRE Quantitative Score 153.3
GRE Quantitative Percentile 54.5
GRE Verbal Score 156.8
GRE Verbal Percentile 71.5
GRE Analytical Score 4.4
GRE Analytical Percentile 67.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 5.4
Graduated Per Year 5.8
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 32.8
Admitted Per Year 7.4
Percent Admitted 22.56
Average GPA 3.66