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:

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
    • Official GRE 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
    • Official GRE 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

  1. Complete the general UMKC Graduate Application (you will asked to pay a non-refundable application fee)
  2. Arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary institution to be sent to UMKC Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official if received in a sealed envelope from the school or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts can be sent via secured mail to or can be transferred electronically through your academic institution. Sealed official transcripts can also be mailed to:
    University of Missouri – Kansas City
    Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
  3. Arrange for official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (including the GRE writing scores) to be sent directly from ETS to UMKC. After you have taken the GRE, scores take 5-6 weeks to arrive at UMKC. Please note: GRE scores must have been obtained within the last 5 years
  4. Submit additional materials as outlined in the Phd Application Packet [PDF] to Adam Schneider, Office Support Assistant, at

Application Timeframe

Faculty will review applications during the month of December to determine which applicants to invite to interview with faculty. All applicants will be contacted through email no later than December 31st about whether they are invited for an interview. Interviews typically take place in February. Although in-person interviews are encouraged, Zoom, Skype, and phone interviews are an option for applicants who are unable to travel to Kansas City.

Application Deadline: December 1st (if December 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due the following Monday)