Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology

The University of Akron is home to a highly regarded and fully APA accredited doctoral program in counseling psychology. Graduates are prepared for the practice of professional psychology and for academic and research positions in diverse settings. This full-time program is a collaboration of the School of Counseling of the College of Health Professions and the Department of Psychology of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. It follows a scientist-practitioner model and is grounded in the humanistic tradition of counseling psychology, which emphasizes human growth, development, and an appreciation of environmental and cultural contexts. Coursework and practica are designed to provide a solid generalist foundation in counseling psychology, with an emphasis on individual counseling with late adolescents and adults. Specialized interests may be pursued through elective coursework and supplemental practica.

The Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology admits students with a bachelor's degree through the Psychology Department of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, and those with a master's degree through the School of Counseling of the College of Health Professions. The core curriculum of the doctoral program, however, is shared by all students.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent (for Department of Psychology applicants)
  • Hold a master's degree in counseling or a related field (for School of Counseling applicants)
  • GRE (General test)
  • Current vita outlining educational and professional experiences
  • Declaration of intent outlining occupational goals, interests, and commitment to program
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to probable success in the field and doctoral program
  • Finalists will be required to be interviewed in person or by phone

Application Deadline

  • December 1 for Fall enrollment (only admit for fall term)

Additional Information

The program is a collaboration between the faculty and resources of the School of Counseling in the College of Health Professions and those of the Department of Psychology in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Although the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology (CPCP) is a single program, it has two points of entry. Prospective students who hold Master’s degrees in a psychology or counseling related field apply through the School of Counseling, and prospective students with Bachelor’s degrees apply through the Department of Psychology.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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