About the PhD Program


  • The first PhD Information Session of 2014 will take place on Wednesday, October 8th from 7PM to 8PM in the Campus Center Room 2540 (2nd Floor). Please bring your questions. The second information session will be on November 12th from 7PM to 8PM in the Campus Center Room 2545 (2nd Floor).

The University of Massachusetts Boston PhD in Counseling and School Psychology prepares doctoral-level professional counseling psychologists and school psychologists for careers as scholars, university faculty, and practitioners. Our scientist-practitioner training model prepares students to:

  • deliver high quality, evidence-based psychological services and interventions;
  • employ skilled applied research skills to improve practice and explore social and psychological issues;
  • serve as effective instructors and faculty members;
  • use innovative approaches to solve problems related to educational and mental health care disparities, improve services for underrepresented populations, and employ systems-level change strategies to advance local and global social justice.

We have developed our programs according to the guidelines put forward by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, the Council of Training Directors of School Psychology Programs, by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The Commission on Accreditation of the APA requires programs to have a cohort matriculated through each of four years of study in order to be eligible to apply for accreditation. Here at UMass Boston, we plan to submit our application for accreditation in the fall of 2016 and we hope to know the outcome of our program review by the CoA by the spring or summer of 2017. While many graduates will go on to academic careers in universities in order to prepare future counselors and school psychologists, they will also be able to pursue careers in clinical or school settings.

Social Justice Service and International Opportunities: Students will have the opportunity to pursue international work as part of the local/global social justice initiative of the program. Beginning in their first year, students will be engaged in a local social justice initiative that they will develop and then apply to an international or transnational context in their second and third years. The local/global social justice initiative typically involves engagement with a local community issue, cross-cultural exchange, and international travel to the country/region of the global focus.  

Financial Assistance/Stipend: We estimate the stipend to be around $16,000  per year for at least 3 to 4 years. Full-benefits are also provided. These benefits cover tuition and the majority of fees (students will be responsible for some fees). In the second and third year, students will be teaching courses once they have completed the doctoral-level teaching course.

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