Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology

Graduate Programs

The Counseling Psychology program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model of training wherein professional psychologists are prepared to integrate theory, research, and practice in their practice as agents of knowledge development and change in a diverse society. The program prioritizes research, with students obtaining research, presentation, and publication experiences. The program incorporates diversity, focusing on contextually relevant skills in assessment and intervention with multicultural populations. The program also emphasizes an energetic and collaborative learning atmosphere.

December 1st is the deadline for admission consideration. We are hosting a virtual open house from for interested applicants to know more about the program before the application deadline. RSVP here.


The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Purdue prepares students for professional licensure as a psychologist in the state of Indiana. Contact Eric Deemer at before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state psychology licensure board about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.

This program does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere.


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Program Requirements

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The counseling psychology program offers ONLY the Ph.D. as a terminal degree. A master’s degree is awarded en route to the Ph.D. for students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree, but this degree does not prepare graduates for licensure as a practicing counselor. Students who are unsure that they can or will complete a doctoral program should apply to a master’s program or to a doctoral program that awards a master’s degree as a part of the doctoral requirements.

All program information is available online. The faculty encourage students to inform themselves about the program. At a minimum, please check the Student Handbook.

When applying, please choose “Educational Studies” (for which counseling psychology is under) as a graduate major in the application portal.


  1. Academic Statement of Purpose The academic statement of purpose should be 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study at the Purdue Counseling Psychology program, your research interests, career goals, and the faculty member(s) with whom you would prefer to work and why.
  2. Personal History Statement The personal history statement should be 300-500 words concerning how your background and life experiences contribute to your ability to be both persistent and resourceful in graduate school. Describe how your life experiences have prepared you to contribute to an academic community where scholars with diverse research interests, abilities, backgrounds, and experiences are supported, respected, and valued.
  3. Submit a Curriculum Vita. Your CV should include a section listing your experience with (a) research and statistics, including courses, (b) teaching, and (c) professional related activities (e.g., organizational leadership, social advocacy, community engagement).
  4. Description of Previous Program. Please print and fill out the description of previous program.
  5. Submit three letters of reference describing research skills and potential, counseling skills and potential, and capacity for graduate study.
  6. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
    • Graduate School E-mail Address:
    • Graduate School Mailing Address: Graduate Studies Office, Purdue University, 100 N. University Street, Room 3229, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
  7. Optional:
    • GRE scores
    • One academic writing sampling
  8. International applications may be required to submit proof of English proficiency.

Student Handbook


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Application Instructions for the Counseling Psychology PhD program from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

We encourage prospective students to submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Campus and Program Tab:
    • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Educational Studies
  • First Choice Program Details Tab:
    • Please select an Area of Interest: Counseling Psychology
    • Please select a Degree Objective: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Tentative Plan of Study

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Fall Spring Summer
EDPS 50500: Career Development and Assessment EDPS 50000: Group Counseling Theories and Techniques EDPS 55600: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis Methods in Education I
EDPS 53100: Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation EDPS 50700: Counseling Multicultural & Diverse Populations EDPS 55700: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis Methods in Education II
EDPS 60000: Counseling Theory and Techniques EDPS 53300: Instructional Educational Research I Method EDPS 69600: Internship in CPSY
EDPS 60100: Counseling Theory and Techniques Lab EDPS 61400: Advanced Counseling Practicum (On-site) EDPS 69900: Research PhD Thesis
EDPS 60400: Advanced Counseling Theory and Intervention EDPS 61900: Counseling Psychology Research Practicum
EDPS 61400: Advanced Counseling Practicum (On-site) EDPS 62100: Advanced Multicultural Counseling Theory and Practice
EDPS 61700: Professional Issues, Ethics, and History of CPSY EDPS 62300: Personality Assessment
EDPS 61801: Intellectual & Neuropsychological Assessment EDPS 62400: Advanced Counseling Practicum and Supervision (Off-site)
EDPS 62200: Systems Concepts in Counseling and Development EDPS 63000: Research Procedures in Education
EDPS 62400: Advanced Counseling Practicum and Supervision (Off-site) PSY 69200: Affective/Cognitive Bases of Behavior
PSY 64000: Survey of Social Psychology PSY 69200: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 67300: Psychology of Behavior Disorders EDPS 69600: Internship in CPSY
Required elective course in research methods EDPS 69900: Research PhD Thesis
EDPS 69600: Internship in CPSY
EDPS 69900: Research PhD Thesis

Supplemental Program Information

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Practicum Placements

Students begin the application process to off-site practicum sites following consultation with their advisor the academic year prior to starting off-site. Often this is during student’s 2nd and 3rd years. In the spring semester, the program’s Off-Site Practicum Coordinator hosts a practicum fair for students to learn more about practicum partnerships in the community. After the attending the practicum fair, students contact practicum sites they are most interested in to set up an interview. Students should not contact sites directly before the practicum fair. Below are select examples of off-site practicum locations where our students receive training.

Please note: students may need to satisfy certain eligibility requirements (e.g., background check, drug screening) for some site placements. The placements change regularly as the program adds new sites and other sites become unavailable. Some sites accept only advanced students.

University Counseling Centers

Purdue University, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – West Lafayette, IN
Indiana State University Student Counseling Services – Terre Haute, IN
IUPUI Counseling & Psychological Services – Indianapolis, IN
Butler University – Indianapolis, IN
DePauw University – Greencastle, IN

Veteran’s Hospitals

VA Illiana Health Care System – Danville, IL
Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center – Indianapolis, IN

Community Mental Health Centers

Indiana Women’s Prison – Indianapolis, IN
Willowstone Family Services, Inc – Lafayette, IN
Wabash Valley Hospital, Inc., Outpatient – Lafayette, IN
Four County Counseling Center – Logansport, IN


Wabash Valley / River Bend Hospital – West Lafayette, IN
Logansport State Hospital – Logansport, IN

Funding Opportunities

Funding for Counseling Psychology doctoral students is complex and comes from multiple sources. First, students find assistantships in offices across campus, including the Academic Success Center, the Military Family Research Institute, and the Center for Career Opportunities. Students must apply and interview for these positions. Faculty and peers are supportive in filtering assistantship information to students, and faculty assist students in preparing their application materials. Nonetheless, the student is responsible for following up with the information and securing the assistantship. Although our students are very competitive for these positions, the process can be stressful.

Second, students may have opportunities to teach sections of undergraduate courses. These include EPDS 105: Academic and Career Planning, EPDS 315: Collaborative Leadership – Listening, EPDS 316: Collaborative Leadership – Cross-Cultural Settings, and EPDS 317: Collaborative Leadership – Mentoring. Students have also secured teaching assistantships in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Finally, some students obtain faculty-nominated fellowships, which guarantee funding but require 20 hours per week of work for our home department, Educational Studies. Only a few fellowships are available each year, and they are competitive.

Although funding can be stressful, all current students in the program who want funding have at least a .25 FTE appointment. Regardless, some students obtain federal or private loans to supplement their income.

Additional funding information can be found on through College of Education graduate funding.

Tuition and Fees

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Description 2020-2021 1st Year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $9,992.00
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $28,794.00
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students $347.85*
University/institution fees or costs $397.10***
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $1,220.00

* In State
** Out-State
*** Additional $290 for international

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

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The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether certain programs meet the education requirements for licensure or certification in the state or territory in which they reside. “Programs Leading to Professional Licensure” is defined as programs represented to prepare students for an occupation for which, at completion of the program, a local, state or federal license, or nongovernmental certification is required (i) as a precondition for employment, (ii) to perform certain functions, or (iii) to meet additional conditions that are generally needed to secure employment.

The Ph.D. program in counseling psychology at Purdue prepares students for professional licensure as a psychologist in the state of Indiana. However, the program has not made a determination as to whether its training requirements meet licensure standards in the remaining 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and other specified territories. Current and prospective students are advised to contact the psychology licensure board in the jurisdiction in which they expect to practice to determine whether the program meets its licensure standards.

State by state psychology licensure requirements.


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Faculty accepting students for 2023-24 admission:
Rawan Atari-Khan, Eric Deemer, David Stanley, Xiang Zhou

Clinical Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: 765-496-0119
Associate Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9742 Website: Vita Website: Personal Website
Professor and Training Director Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-6420 Website: Research Site Website: Vita
Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0837 Website: Vita
Director C.A.R.E. Lab, Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0086 Website: Personal Website
Assistant Professor Counseling PsychologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9739 Website: Personal Website
Diversity & Social Justice Statement

We embrace values of equity, social justice, and inclusiveness in all aspects of our training in the Counseling Psychology PhD program. These ideals are also reflected in the diverse backgrounds and cultural identities of faculty and students, which broadly reflect race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical ability, age, national origin, and religion. Consistent with the values of the field of counseling psychology, we strive to train students to advocate with and on behalf of people with marginalized identities to address sociocultural, political, and institutional factors that serve to perpetuate systems of oppression that undermine well-being. To this end, we believe that it is necessary for us all, faculty and students, to explore and reflect upon our own biases, privileges, and blind spots in all aspects of our roles in this program. This ongoing process of critical self-examination and self-awareness can often be an uncomfortable one, particularly as other program members may hold beliefs and values that differ from one’s own. However, we strive to navigate diverse individual and cultural perspectives together in a climate of trust, safety, and support.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Indigenous People which Purdue University is built upon. We honor and appreciate the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People who are the original Indigenous caretakers.