Admission to Ph.D. Program at KU
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Application Deadline for Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before December 1 to begin in the following summer or fall semester
(Admission decision notifications are shared no later than April 1)
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To matriculate and enroll as a student in good standing in the Counseling Psychology program at KU and to be placed in clinical practice sites (e.g., practicum, internship, field experience); students in the program must complete and satisfactorily clear a criminal background check with Validity Screening Solutions. Refusal to undergo the background check will result in denial of enrollments. There may be times when a specific practicum site requires an additional background check to be done before the practicum experience can start. Students are expected to follow the site’s requirements. The program faculty reserves the right to request additional background checks should issues arise and the faculty deems it necessary.
The counseling psychology faculty at KU is committed to offering the best training toward the growth and development of the next generation of counseling psychologists. We respect and value cultural and individual diversity, and do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, or other individual differences. We particularly encourage those from underrepresented groups/classes to apply.
Applicants will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Academic merit and potential;
- Evidence of potential for conducting research;
- Specific research interests;
- Personal and interpersonal characteristics;
- Contribution and commitment to diversity and multiculturalism; and
- Professional identity, goals, and interests.
Admissions Committee will select approximately 30 candidates to be interviewed. All faculty members and current students will have opportunities to participate in the interviews. Both group and individual interview activities will be conducted by faculty and current students on the Interview Day. Candidates who are offered admission are required to “accept” or “decline” the offer no later than April 15th. If a candidate on the alternate list receives an admission offer (which is usually close to April 15th), he/she has 7 days to act on the offer. If the offer is made on or after April 15th, the candidate has 3 days to make a definite decision.