Overview of the Doctoral Program


The goals of the Counseling Psychology program are to produce psychologists who are: 


  • competent scientist-practitioners with a professional identity as counseling psychologists.

  • insightful, emotionally mature, and display a high degree of professionalism.

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral program is a 5-6 year, full-time APA-accredited doctoral training program. Training is based on the scientist-practitioner training model, with opportunities for research involvement especially in applied, empirically-supported interventions. Strong and involved research mentoring prepares graduates with academic interests by involving students in the publication process and providing opportunities for professional presentation experience. Research, teaching, and clinical assistantships are routinely available which include a monthly stipend, health insurance and tuition waiver. Graduates of our program work in clinical settings including counseling centers, hospitals, VA centers and in private practice.

Our program is modeled after the licensure requirements in the State of Mississippi. We do not guarantee that we meet the licensure requirements of other states.  You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state’s licensure requirements.


2012 APA faculty and graduate students

Please review the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data for program admission and graduation rates and other important program outcome statistics.



Prospective students, please see this welcome letter from Dr. Nicholson, Training Director of the Counseling Psychology Graduate programs.