8 students arm and arm viewed from back sit on dock on trip at Lake Issy-Kul. Photo by Sheila Desai, PhD.

Counseling Psychology, PhD


  • The Counseling Psychology PhD Program offers many excellent clinical training opportunities in the Boston metro area. At this time, the majority 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 application deadline is December 1

Thank you for your interest in our Counseling Psychology PhD Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, now accredited by the American Psychological Association.

For information on accreditation, please visit the APA website at: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/ or contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation


The Counseling Psychology Program emphases lifespan development, including issues related to identity, health, and careers. Counseling psychologists provide direct care at university counseling centers, medical centers, hospitals, or in private practice. Upon graduation, counseling psychologists are employed as academic faculty, researchers, and consultants. Our program is generalist in training and prepares practitioners to work with clients across the lifespan.

The UMass Boston PhD in counseling psychology prepares doctoral-level professional counseling psychologists for careers as scholars, university faculty, and practitioners. Our scientist-practitioner training model prepares students to:

 Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (Counseling Psychology)

Before applying, please review the admissions and FAQs page. Our application deadline is December 1.