The University of Akron offers a Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology, a joint effort between the Department of Psychology and the School of Counseling.  Established in 1983, the program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  It is distinctive in that it uses an apprenticeship model to provide solid generalist training in Counseling Psychology to students of diverse backgrounds.


Due to its collaborative nature, the broad and deep resources of two host departments provide students with opportunities to develop various specialty interests.  Students have a choice of entry points based on their undergraduate or master’s degrees.

  • The Department of Psychology offers a 5-year M.A./Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology program which is geared toward students who hold a B.A. in psychology.
  • Students who already hold a master’s degree in counseling, guidance and counseling, psychology, school psychology, or a related field may choose to enter through the School of Counseling in the College of Health Professions. This is a 4-year program.

No matter which department the student enters through, both Departmental and Graduate School admission requirements must be fulfilled.

Program Emphasis

Program emphasis is strongly placed on a scientist-practitioner model of training. Beyond the basic core areas of psychology, students are expected to establish specific competencies in the areas of theory, research, and practice of Counseling Psychology. Academic preparation includes theories of psychotherapy, supervision, diversity issues in counseling psychology, vocational psychology, testing theory and practice, research and statistics, and professional issues. Research and publication are greatly encouraged. Graduates typically seek out academic teaching, research, and training positions, as well as positions in counseling centers and other mental health agencies.

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The Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation