Research Spotlight: UA's Counseling of Psychology Program Ranks No. 2 in the U.S.

THERE ARE DOZENS of graduate programs in counseling psychology that offer the academic and clinical training to obtain a license. But University of Akron graduate students are so well-prepared, they have a 97.37 pass rate on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), placing the UA Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology second in the nation.

The ranking is based on the pass rates of students in 62 American Psychological Association (APA) accredited counseling psychology programs in the nation. Ranked first is the University of Southern Mississippi.

UA’s program, which combines coursework and faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Counseling, outranks programs at the University of Oregon, University of Maryland, and many other prestigious universities.

UA’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) program has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten programs for more than two decades, based on reputation and scholarly productivity. As of 2013, the I/O program has produced more industrial/organizational psychologists than any of the 70 other doctoral programs in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, industrial/organizational psychology ranks #1 among the top 20 growing occupations with a 53% predicted growth between 2012 and 2022.

“The counseling faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Counseling are to be commended for preparing our graduates so well. Ranking second in the nation is certainly a testament to their hard work and the achievements of their students,” says Paul Levy, professor of psychology and chair of the UA Department of Psychology. “The excellence of our three psychology graduate programs—in Counseling Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Adult Development and Aging—is bringing national acclaim to The University of Akron.”