Counseling Psychology Admissions, PhD

Two Counseling and School Psychology students are reading books at a table.


PhD applicants to the Counseling Psychology program should submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions by December 1st. Their address is listed below. A completed application must include the following:

  1. A completed application form and required fee. Click here for an application.
  2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Transcripts should have at least five social science classes (preferably psychology including introduction, human development, and statistics). 
  3. Three letters of recommendation, at least one addressing academic promise and ability to succeed in conducting systematic inquiry and research, and at least one addressing practice experience.
  4. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination Combined Aptitude Test (GRE). All students must submit scores for the general GRE test even if they have an advanced degree. The Psychology GRE is not required. We do not accept the MATs.  
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) for international applicants.
  6. A completed project or academic paper. The suggested length is 25 to 30 pages.    
  7. A Statement of Purpose with the following components: approximately 500 words describing research interests, approximately 500 words describing practice experience, and a brief summary of future career objectives. Please answer this question and not the one from the Office of Graduate Admissions. 
  8. A copy of your résumé (or curriculum vitae) indicating all education and work experience.   

The Counseling Psychology PhD Program offers many excellent clinical training opportunities in the Boston metro area. At this time, all of our clinical practicum training takes place in the field. These placements are competitive and typically require applicants to have some supervised clinical experience. Therefore, students with applied master’s degrees (e.g., mental health counseling, community counseling, school counseling, social work, school psychology, family therapy) are encouraged to apply. Students without applied master’s degrees but with equivalent course work and clinical experience will be considered as well but need to clearly specify their skills and training in their applications.

The program invites selected candidates for interviews in February. The interview takes a full day and is composed of group interviews, individual interviews, meetings with current students, writing a response to an article, a campus tour, and lunch.

The program will inform accepted applicants of a decision by email from the program director by April 1st, and students will also receive a formal letter of acceptance from the Office of Graduate Admissions through the USPS mail.  Students who are extended offers are asked to confirm their program selection by April 15th. 

All application materials must be sent to:

The Office of Graduate Admissions at UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393 United States  

An overview of the PhD program can be found here

For further information contact:

Dan Torres about the admissions process and general inquiries.      

Sharon Horne about the Counseling Psychology program