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: 111 (not including prerequisite or skill classes).
  • 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

Students demonstrate competence in assessment and interventions consistent with their future role as health service psychologists.

Counseling Ethics

Students demonstrate competence in identifying and successfully resolving ethical issues in the science and practice of counseling psychology.

Integration of Spiritual Issues

Students are able to appropriately integrate spiritual and religious issues into the science and practice of counseling psychology

Multicultural Competence

Students demonstrate multicultural competence in the science and practice of counseling psychology.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 31
International 2
Female 15
LDS 30
Non-White 8
BYU Undergraduate 18
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.1
GRE Quantitative Score 153.2
GRE Quantitative Percentile 53.3
GRE Verbal Score 155.9
GRE Verbal Percentile 68.4
GRE Analytical Score 4.4
GRE Analytical Percentile 66.9
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 5.4
Graduated Per Year 6.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 31.8
Admitted Per Year 7.6
Percent Admitted 23.90
Average GPA 3.63