The counseling psychology program typically receives 100-130 applications each year, and we usually accept 7-8 students in each incoming class. Typically, about half of each entering class hold bachelor's degrees, and half enter with master's degrees. We are looking for students who have research experience, experience in an applied setting, a strong academic record, above average GRE scores, good communication skills, and positive letters of recommendation. During the past several years, the average combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of accepted applicants has been 1226. The average undergraduate GPA of accepted applicants has been approximately 3.52 (on a 4 point scale). For applicants entering with a graduate degree, the average GPA in the graduate program has been 3.895. Applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits in undergraduate psychology coursework including statistics, personality and abnormal psychology.
Applications for the counseling psychology doctoral program are due on
December 1 of each year. The application materials include:
These two forms can be obtained from Graduate Admissions. The Graduate Admissions Office is located at University Administration Building, Room 121, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany NY, 12222, Phone #: (518) 442-3980. These forms should be downloaded and the application for admissions form should be submitted on-line (the assistantship/fellowship application form needs to be downloaded and mailed separately). Instructions for completing the university forms and submitting other materials are available at the Graduate Admissions website.
In your personal statement on the application, please provide information about yourself as a person and about your professional interests and goals. We are interested in knowing what attracted you to the field of counseling psychology and specifically to our program. Describe your experiences in applied psychology (e.g., residence hall assistant, practicum in counseling, assisting with data collection for professors' research, conducting own research, presenting or publishing findings). In addition, indicate your goals for graduate study as well as your goals for your professional career, i.e., the kinds of applied and/or scholarly activities you would like to explore during your doctoral training, and the settings, problems, and/or populations you envision to be primary in your professional work.
Please include a current résumé or Curriculum Vitae.
Include official copies of all undergraduate and graduate institutions that you attended with your application. See the Graduate Admissions website for more information.
Arrange to have Educational Testing Service (ETS) send official GRE test results to the University at Albany, Code 2532. You may include a photocopy of your GRE score report in your application materials; however, your application will not be reviewed until your official test scores are received.
Include 3 to 5 letters of reference in your application materials. Recommendations should include letters from undergraduate or graduate faculty. Reference letter forms can be obtained through Graduate Admissions.
All applicants must submit the required, non-refundable $75 application
fee. More information can be obtained from Graduate Admissions.