Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

PhD in Counseling Psychology


The PhD in Counseling Psychology program is designed for students who seek to engage in the professional practice of psychology. The professional practice may include conducting research, teaching and/or counseling in a variety of settings. Students graduating from this program, provided they meet other State of Illinois requirements, may sit for the Clinical Psychologist licensure examination. This degree is conferred by The Graduate School.

The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of graduate education and training. The interdependence of the science and profession of psychology is emphasized in all aspects of the program. Students are exposed to the fundamental knowledge base in psychology, counseling psychology, and the program faculty’s areas of expertise (i.e., multicultural psychology, vocational psychology, prevention). 

A master's degree in counseling, psychology or a related field is required for admission into the doctoral program. The GRE scores and the subject test in Psychology are also required for admission.

Program benefits

  • Gain eligibility to take the Clinical Psychologist licensure examination.
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association*, meeting all APA standards
  • Develop a deep understanding of cultural diversity and social justice issues.

Program outcomes

  • Discipline-Specific Knowledge in the history and systems of psychology, the psychological sciences, measurement, research methods, and statistics.
  • Profession-Wide Competencies as health service psychologists, including knowledge and skills in (a) research, (b) ethical and legal standards, (c) individual and cultural diversity, (d) professional values and attitudes, (e) communication and interpersonal skills, (f) assessment, (g) intervention, (h) supervision, (i) consultation and inter-professional/interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.
  • Knowledge of (a) the history and philosophy of counseling psychology and current professional issues and trends, (b) theories and research on normal human development, and (c) major theories and research in vocational psychology, prevention and outreach, and multicultural and international psychology.
  • Competencies to cases from a counseling psychology perspective, and (b) develop and evaluate interventions to promote positive human development.
  • Knowledge of theories and models of social justice and research that has emanated from these theories and models, and an understanding of how social injustice affects human functioning.
  • Competencies to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that address issues of social justice.

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The Counseling Psychology Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.

* Contact information for the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation: 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 336-5979

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