Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
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 1st of each year. The application materials include:
- University at Albany Application for Admissions for Degree Graduate
- University at Albany Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Application
- Personal Statement
- Copies of all academic transcripts
- Official GRE score reports (Only the general test is required. The psychology subject test is recommended.)
- 3-5 reference letters
- Application Fee
- TOEFL (for international students without a degree from a U.S. college
Application for Admissions for Degree Graduate Study and Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship
Application for admission to a graduate program at the University at Albany is easy. All applications are filled out online. The University no longer accepts paper applications. Instructions for completing the application and submitting other materials are available at the Graduate Admissions website. The application for assistantship is available on the Graduate Admissions website as well, and this supplemental application form should be submitted along with a resume as part of the degree application online.
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.
Deadline for receipt of the application and all supporting materials is
December 1st of each year.