Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology

Walden University

Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology

Prepare for licensure and independent psychological practice with a strength-based curriculum that focuses on promoting functional behavior and relationships across the lifespan. Learn how to help clients develop internal resources and access community services as a therapist, researcher, advocate, or consultant. Help clients remediate challenges and difficulties and prevent as well as diagnose and treat psychological problems.

This specialization emphasizes a developmental approach to addressing problems in living and mental disorders and focuses on research design and methods; vocational/career theory, assessment, and intervention; competence in multicultural issues and individual differences; ethical practice, including empirically supported therapeutic interventions, consultation, and supervision; and a commitment to critical thinking, lifelong learning, and scholarly contribution to the profession. Gain practical, hands-on experience through the Academic Year in Residence (AYR) as well as through supervised practicum and internship requirements.

Completion Requirements

  • 160 total quarter credits
    • Courses (116 cr.)
    • Counseling practicum (12 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
    • Internship (12 cr.)
  • academic-year-in-residence
  • Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


  • Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling Psychology
  • Psychopathology From a Counseling Perspective
  • Interventions I
  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Lifespan Development
  • Biopsychology
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology
  • Interventions II
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Group Therapy
  • or Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Counseling Practicum I
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Counseling Practicum II
  • Counseling Practicum III
  • Dissertation I-IV
  • Counseling Practicum IV
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychology and Social Change
  • or Leadership, Advocacy, and Social Change
  • Counseling Psychology Internship I
  • Counseling Psychology Internship II
  • Counseling Psychology Internship III
  • Counseling Psychology Internship IV

Career Options

The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Director of career services
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Human resources manager
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
72 months
Part time
Full time
67,610 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 72 months
Price 67,610 USD