We are committed to preparing you, as a counseling psychologist, to improve the welfare of individuals and communities through scholarship and applied interventions

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The UMKC Counseling Psychology program, which leads to a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology, emphasizes multicultural and individual diversity within a scientist-practitioner model. Program graduates work in a variety of settings, including two and four-year colleges and universities, university counseling centers, veteran affairs facilities, hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice.

The Counseling Psychology program will not be accepting applications to the doctoral program for Fall of 2019.

Program Benefits

  • Comprehensive curriculum provides students with intense and in-depth training in both science and practice.
  • Participate in faculty-guided research teams focusing on multicultural and international issues in a variety of areas including:
    • Sexual objectification
    • Social justice advocacy
    • Domestic violence
    • Vulnerable populations – examples: LBGTQIA, African American and immigrants
    • Transracial adoption issues throughout the lifespan
    • Family systems theory
  • A great urban location with a wide range of practicum opportunities
  • Paid assistantships and other financial opportunities are available to our students
  • Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Diverse, supportive faculty who are active in the field and who are committed to diversity and social justice

Applicant Interviews

The interview is a major component of our application process. Applicants who are typically invited to interview at UMKC have:

  • Articulated research interests that are clearly aligned with at least one CEP faculty member at UMKC
  • Developmentally appropriate professional, academic, and/or volunteer experiences that speak to their helping skills and emotional maturity
  • Professional aspirations that are consistent with the field of Counseling Psychology
  • Demonstrated some degree of critical awareness and commitment to individual growth
  • Experiences and/or interest in working with people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
  • Applicants who are rarely extended an interview often have little to no research experience, a primary interest in psychopathology or research interests that do not reflect the interests of CEP faculty at UMKC

Please note that we do not provide feedback to applicants about their application materials or interviews.

Common difficulties that prevent applications from being submitted on – time (December 1):

  • Failure to secure three professional references that can sufficiently speak to the applicant’s academic and scholarly potential, professional integrity, personal character, and likelihood for success in a doctoral program at UMKC
  • Failure to provide their professional references with enough time in advance to complete a letter of recommendation and complete the recommendation checklist
  • Failure to send official copies of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts from all university attended to UMKC