The Counseling Psychology program at UMKC is dedicated to promoting equity, pluralism, and social justice through student training and education, research, and practice.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at UMKC is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and based upon the scientist-practitioner model of training which broadly emphasizes training in research and practice. Designed to prepare students for academic, research, and practice careers at the doctoral level, graduates of our program work in a variety of academic, teaching, and practice settings.

What will the program look like?

Students are educated in the foundational aspects of professional psychology and receive specific training geared toward the principals of counseling psychology. In addition to coursework, students are expected to be actively involved in both research and counseling practice throughout their graduate training. Research training includes both preparing and completing an initial research project (which students complete by the fall of their third year) as well as a dissertation that must be successfully defended prior to graduation.

In addition, students gain diverse counseling experiences at a variety of practicum training sites throughout the Kansas City area. Students have opportunities to train at our program’s in-house clinic, CCAS as well as at a number of practicum sites that include (but are not limited to): university counseling centers, VA medical centers, hospitals, and community mental health centers.

Program Faculty

Admissions Criteria:

Due to unit restructuring and academic realignment brought on by UMKC Forward (i.e., campus wide initiative), we have suspended admissions for fall 2022 as we will spend the upcoming year working with the Psychology department to combine our doctoral level programs. Updates will be made as available. We look forward to receiving your application for Fall 2023.  

The Counseling Psychology program accepts bachelor’s level or master’s level applicants.

Minimum Requirement for Bachelor’s Level Applicants

    • The completion of a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology
    • For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the GRE is not required. Applicants who have taken the GRE however, are encouraged to submit their scores.
    • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or 3.25 for major courses or the last 60 credits of the bachelor’s degree
    • iBT TOEFL scores (for international applicants)

Minimum Requirement for Master’s Level Applicants

    • The completion of a Master’s degree in counseling or a closely related area
    • For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the GRE is not required. Applicants who have taken the GRE however, are encouraged to submit their scores.
    • Graduate GPA of 3.50 or above
    • iBT TOEFL (for international applicants)

For more information please see our Additional Admissions Criteria document [PDF].

Application Procedures

Note: The Counseling Psychology program will not be accepting applications for Fall 2022. We look forward to receiving your application for Fall 2023.

  1. To apply, submit all required materials through the electronic portal,
  2. Official transcripts from an accredited institution showing the awarding of an undergraduate/master’s degree.
  3. Resume or curriculum vita
  4. For applicants who have taken the GRE and would like to submit scores, GRE Scores from within the past five years. (Please note that for the 2021 application year these will not be required but are still encouraged for those who have them.)
  5. Statement of Purpose: A concise statement (no more than 500 words) concerning your professional goals, professional interests and experiences.
  6. The names and contact information via the electronic portal along with ratings from three professional references and an uploaded letter.
      • Identified individuals should be professional references. Friends and family members are not to be used.
      • References should address the suitability for professional studies in counseling
      • Raters should have knowledge of your skills in most of the following areas: Interpersonal and intellectual functioning, research, counseling and written and oral communication.

Applicants can contact Adam Schneider, Office Support Assistant at with any questions.

Please note: We do not provide feedback to applicants about their application or the interview process. Admission to UMKC does not  guarantee admissions to the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.

Application Timeframe

All applicants will be contacted through email by Feb 5th about whether they are invited for a Zoom interview. Zoom Interviews are scheduled to take place Friday February 26th. At this time, we are only planning to use Zoom for all interviews due to the restrictions of Covid-19.

Application Deadline: January 15th (if January 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due the following Monday).

Applicants can contact Adam Schneider, Office Support Assistant at with any questions.