Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at KU

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Program Overview

The Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas prepares generalists to engage in actives ranging from clinical treatment to academic research. Students study under internationally recognized leaders in the field of counseling psychology and learn to critically evaluate major approaches, conduct research, and gain clinical experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and worldviews. Graduates of the program will be able to apply the best, most current theory and research to their practice.

Career Outcomes in Counseling Psychology

Students pursue the Ph.D. in counseling psychology at KU with varying career goals in mind. Ph.D. students should expect to engage in “co-curricular” activities above and beyond the specific degree requirements appropriate to their career aspirations. These include conducting and presenting research at conferences, engaging in internships in the field, etc. The degree prepares clinicians to apply the best and most current theory and research to their practice, and academicians who are grounded in the realities of practice. Potential position titles after graduation could include:

  • Clinician
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Professor

Psychologist licensure is regulated by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Individuals interested in pursuing psychologist licensure must first complete a doctoral degree program in counseling psychology. The Ph.D. in counseling psychology at KU meets this requirement. For more information on specific Kansas professional counselor licensure requirements, please visit the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board web site.

Thinking about counseling psychology?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, and what to expect during the professional program admission process one you have become a Jayhawk.


Public School of Education & Human Sciences
Average student cohort size

Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Room 621
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101