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We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. On this page you will find general information about our program as well as two important links. These allow you to see data about our admissions and other student outcomes for the past 7 years, and to download our e-packet. The e-packet is a document that provides more detail about the program, such as admissions criteria, required courses, financial aid, and program faculty. I invite you to visit our links, review the e-packet, and contact me for any additional information you may need to make an informed decision about applying to our program.
Lydia P. Buki, Ph.D.
Director of Training
Vision: We are dedicated to excellence in the development of multiculturally competent reflective researchers and practitioners in Counseling Psychology.
Mission: To nurture the development of counseling psychology graduate students and faculty as reflective researchers and scientist-practitioners committed to promoting psychological well-being in a multiculturally complex world.
The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Miami has been accredited by The American Psychological Association since 1989 and has a proud tradition of preparing students as scholars and clinicians. Firmly committed to the foundational values of the discipline of counseling psychology, including its emphasis on prevention, optimal human development and the promotion of individual, family and community well-being, our program strives to prepare students who will make a difference in the world through research, scholarship and reflective practice.
The Program advocates the scientist-practitioner model of training in which students receive extensive grounding in the scientific underpinnings of the discipline. In turn, students use this knowledge en route to becoming highly skilled scholars and clinicians. Although a degree from our program prepares students to be licensed as practicing psychologists, it is important to keep in mind that the Ph.D. is a research degree; our priority is to cultivate scholars who are capable of developing original lines of research and of playing leadership roles in both academic and applied settings. Applicants who are exclusively or primarily interested in psychotherapy practice are encouraged to consider more practitioner-oriented training programs like those offering a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree.
Our program values diversity in many senses of the word and we are firmly committed to the development of multicultural competence in each of our students. We adopt the philosophy that cultural competence is not a static achievement, but one of continual striving for excellence in the inclusion and affirmation of diverse populations. The University of Miami prides itself on being a “global university in a global city,” and this context offers students a unique opportunity to explore issues of diversity in all aspects of their lives. In the academic setting, such opportunities include: being involved in clinical training opportunities with diverse underserved populations; participating as research assistants in grant-funded projects addressing the health-related needs of these populations; pursuing original diversity-related dissertation projects; and, for those fluent in Spanish, practicing bilingual counseling skills in supervised practicum experiences. The training we offer on multicultural issues is consistent with the APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.
Our Program does not adhere to any one theory of human functioning or any one theory of counseling and development. Faculty members work from a variety of theoretical orientations including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and humanistic perspectives. We place a high value on students developing a firm grounding in theory and being able to clearly integrate theory in all of their research and clinical work. Diversity is also reflected in the areas of expertise of our faculty. Content areas of expertise include multicultural training, health psychology, social justice, systems and community intervention, and theoretical psychology. Please consult our faculty listings within the e-packet for a more thorough overview of faculty research interests.
The Counseling Doctoral Program is the current “home” for The Counseling Psychologist, one of the top professional journals in the field, and the official journal of the Society of Counseling Psychology, which is edited by Dr. Lydia P. Buki.
For the most up-to-date information about our program, we recommend that prospective students use our most recent web materials as a guide. Information about our program published by others on the web can be inaccurate and misleading.
Requirements For Admission
The Counseling Psychology Program typically receives over 100 applications each year and usually admits a class of five doctoral students. We employ a number of criteria to select students for admission including:
- the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing scores
- official transcripts showing undergraduate and graduate grade point averages
- the relevance of the applicant’s academic background
- previous experience in research
- previous experience in counseling
- a personal statement, and
- three letters of recommendation.
In recent years, successful applicants have had an average combined (Verbal + Quantitative) GRE score of approximately 310. Their average undergraduate GPA was 3.55. In addition to students from the majority cultural group, we actively seek to admit students from a variety of racial, ethnic, and lifestyle groups. Forty-eight percent of the current doctoral student body is composed of members of nonmajority groups. The present student body has more women (74%) than men, with a wide range of ages, and represent a diversity of sexual orientation identities and religious preferences.
The deadline for receiving completed applications is December 1st for the following Fall semester. Students are admitted only for the Fall semester. International applicants are strongly recommended to submit application materials no later than October 15, to allow sufficient time for document evaluation prior to the Program’s December 1st deadline.
- Counseling Prerequisite Courses
- Counseling Psychology Specialty Courses
- Basic Content in Scientific Psychology
- Research Competencies
EPS 667 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
EPS 675 Therapeutic Group Procedures
EPS 676 Counseling Process and Practice
EPS 679 Lifespan Human Development
EPS 683 Practicum Laboratory I
EPS 700 Quantitative Methods I
EPS 705 Measurement and Psychometric Theory
Students entering with a master’s degree in the mental health field are expected to have taken the equivalent of the graduate level courses listed above as a part of their master’s degree, or they will be required to complete these courses during the doctoral program. Students entering without a master’s degree will be required to complete these courses as a part of the doctoral program.
EPS 767 Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice I
EPS 768 Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice II
EPS 770 Psychological Appraisal I
EPS 771 Psychological Appraisal II
EPS 775 Doctoral Practicum I
EPS 776 Doctoral Practicum II
EPS 779 Vocational Psychology and Career Development
EPS 780 Cultural Diversity and Mental Health
EPS 782 Supervision in Counseling Psychology
EPS 785 Preparing Future Faculty Seminar
EPS 803 Internship in Counseling Psychology
PSY 604 Cognition and Emotion
PSY 605 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 640 Adult Psychopathology
EPS 781 The Social Bases Of Human Activity And Flourishing
EPS 701 Introduction to Research Methods
EPS 702 Quantitative Methods II
EPS 703 Applied Multivariate Statistics
EPS XXX Elective
EPS XXX Elective
EPS 830 Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research
EPS 840 Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research
The Counseling Psychology Program was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 1989 and has been continuously accredited since then.
Questions related to the program's accreditation 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: email@example.com