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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 66
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Take Home Examination
Dissertation: Required

Length of the Program: The program typically takes four to five years of study, including a full-time pre-doctoral internship. Time for degree completion, including the dissertation is six years. (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

Curriculum Plan: A master's degree in counseling, psychology or a related field is required for admission. Completion of the Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology requires 66 semester hours of additional coursework beyond the master's degree (some of which can be transferred), written and oral comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation (with oral defense). Students are also required to develop an area of research expertise by engaging in research with faculty throughout their doctoral study. A 2,000 hour pre-doctoral internship is also required.

Continuous Enrollments
Doctoral students in counseling psychology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Registration) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

Please see the current Doctoral Handbook for more information.

Prerequisites (33 semester hours)
Ideally students will have completed these courses (or their equivalents) prior to the start of the program.

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Psychology Core (12 semester hours) can be transferred

Counseling Psychology Core (15 semester hours)

Measurement and Statistics Core (12 semester hours) can be transferred

Professional Practice Core (15 semester hours)

Advanced Assessment (3 semester hours) can be transferred

Advanced Electives (9 semester hours)
Three additional advanced courses in research methods/statistics, assessment, and/or college-level teaching

Comprehensive Assessment
Comprehensive take home exam is required. Refer to handbook for more information.


Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


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