Criteria for Admission

Students have a choice of entry points based on their undergraduate or master’s degrees.  Admission to the CPCP is competitive, with many more applicants than the limited number of openings each year, so actual grades and scores needed for admission are typically somewhat higher than the minimums specified.

What are the criteria for admission through the Department of Psychology?

  • Hold a B.A. in psychology or 30 hours of psychology coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all undergraduate coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.25 or above on all psychology coursework. (Required)
  • Earned scores of 550 or above on the Verbal and Quantitative subtests of the GRE; the GRE subject test for psychology is optional. (Recommended)

What are the criteria for admission through the Department of Counseling?

  • Hold a master’s degree in counseling, guidance and counseling, psychology, school psychology, or a related field. (Required)
  • GPA of 2.75 or above on all undergraduate coursework or 3.0 or above on last 64 hours of undergraduate coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.25 or above on all graduate coursework. (Required)
  • Combined Verbal-Quantitative score on the GRE of 1100 or above. (Recommended)
  • Earned score of 500 or above on both the Verbal and Quantitative subtests; the GRE subject test for psychology is optional. (Recommended)

Application Materials

What materials MUST be submitted for application?

The following application materials are needed for consideration for admission to the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology regardless of the department of entry:

  • Graduate School Application, including a brief statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of counseling psychology and the University of Akron.
  • Graduate School Application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from each institution attended.
  • Official reports of Graduate Record Examination General Test.  (GRE Subject Test for Psychology is optional.)
  • Current Vita outlining educational and professional experiences.
  • Declaration of intent outlining occupational goals, interests, and commitment to program
  • A minimum of three letters of reference attesting to success in the field and probable academic success at the doctoral level.
  • Finalists will be required to be interviewed in person on February 13, 2017, or by phone

What is the DEADLINE for application?

To be considered for admission, all materials must be received by December 1.

Application Procedure

Submit all application materials to the University of Akron Graduate School. Applications via the University’s online portal are strongly encouraged by the University.

If it is not possible for you to submit materials online, hard copies of materials may be mailed to:

The Graduate School
Polsky Building, Room 469
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2101

For further information about the application process, go to the Graduate School website

Important tips for online applications for admission

The Program Information section of the Graduate School application includes an item asking applicants which program they wish to pursue.

Applicants with Master’s degrees in a psychology or counseling related area should first select “College of Health Professions” and then select “Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology Ph.D.” (not “Counseling Programs,” which refers to programs in Counselor Education).

Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees in psychology or extensive psychology backgrounds should first select “BUCHTEL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES” and then select “Counseling Psychology (M.A.-Ph.D.).” Currently, no supplemental forms are required for applicants to the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology (the Department of Counseling forms listed are for Counselor Education).

Applicants who are interested in being considered for graduate assistantships should be sure to indicate this on the online application for admission. For additional details, please see the graduate school page.

Additional application information

If you have questions regarding the application, you may contact the staff of the Graduate School at or 330/972-7663.

If additional program information is desired, prospective students may speak to a CPCP Admissions Committee member.

  • If applying through the Department of Counseling (with Master’s degree), call 330/972-7779.
  • If applying through the Department of Psychology (with Bachelor’s degree), call 330/972-7280.

Only complete applications will be forwarded by the Graduate School to the CPCP Admissions Committee. The Committee’s review of applications will begin in January. The timeframe for the initial review varies from year to year, but typically is complete by early February. After the initial review is complete, finalists will be contacted by telephone to schedule a telephone interview, and those who are no longer being considered for admission will be notified by letter.

Following the telephone interview, finalists will be contacted to inform them of one of the following three admissions statuses:

  • offer of admission;
  • alternate for admission (may be accepted if opening becomes available); or
  • no longer being considered for admission.

Those under consideration for admission are encouraged to visit campus and/or speak with CPCP faculty and student representatives by telephone to facilitate their decision-making. In consideration for admissions alternates, those holding admissions offers are encouraged to inform the CPCP Admissions Committee as soon as possible of their decision to accept or decline their offer. All decisions MUST be made by April 15, at the latest.