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Frequently Asked Questions

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Counseling Psychology program, housed within the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies (HDPES), is an APA-accredited program designed to train professional psychologists in the Scientist-Practitioner model consistent with APA-accreditation guidelines. Specific questions regarding the program's accreditation should be directed to APA's commission on accreditation: American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242, Tel: (202) 336-5979 TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123. 

For a complete application, you should submit an online graduate school admissions application, an autobiographical sketch, a research statement/personal statement, official transcript(s), letters of recommendations, sample work, application fee, and additional documents for scholarship applications.

Each year, the Counseling Psychology program accepts applicants starting November 1st, for early decisions, and ends on December 1st. There is no rolling admission and there are typically more applicants than available slots available for Howard University's Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. Applicants seeking internal funding (i.e. Douglas Scholarship), including those who are McNair Scholars should apply as early as possible as there are additional requirements for these funding sources. 

Yes. The GRE is required for every single applicant and considered for admission. Applicants need to provide this information with the graduate school application and have original copies sent to Howard University's Graduate School. 

Interviews are typically held in early February. Applicants will be notified by the Program Coordinator in January that they have been selected for an interview through email and informed as to the date and time of their interview with the core faculty. All admitted students are expected to interview. 

Howard University's Counseling Psychology Program is a Ph.D. program. Students do not earn a Master's degree en route to the Ph.D. 

Selection is competitive with approximately 4-8 students admitted each year. 

Yes. We encourage applicants to speak with current students and faculty about the program prior to applying. If you are interested in speaking with a student, please contact the Program Coordinator. See our program page for contact information.

No. It is not required that applicants have a Master's degree prior to applying to the program, however, it is strongly preferred. If you do not have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, your Bachelor's or Master's should be closely related to Counseling Psychology, with completed coursework in psychology. It is also highly recommended that you take the psychology GRE.

While students may choose to enter any aspect of the profession they wish upon completion, Howard University's Counseling Psychology program is a scientist-practitioner program. Students are expected and required to develop strong research and clinical skills. Students should expect to conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, present research at conferences, and involve themselves in the field's professional associations (i.e. The American Psychological Association and The Association of Black Psychologists). 

The program can be completed in 5 years. Students' time to completion varies and is dependent upon the successful proposal and defense of their dissertation; the passing of their comprehensive exam, and the completion of all required coursework, externship, and internship. 

The program accepts course transfers but does not accept credit transfers. You may request a waiver of a course in the doctoral program if you have already taken the course in a counseling psychology program from a recognized accredited institution. The Counseling Psychology Program at Howard University will waive up to two (2) courses from a previous, accredited institution with a grade of B or better into the Ph.D. program, dependent on the approval of the Program faculty. Official transcripts, the course syllabus and a Waiver of Required Courses form must accompany any request for a transfer of courses. If a course is waived, an elective may be required in lieu of the waived course. 

Yes, the program operates on a cohort model. We expect that you will matriculate through the program with your cohort which consists of other admits from your year for the tenure of your time in the program. This allows for you to receive peer support in addition to faculty support. 

Howard University's Counseling Psychology Program has research teams. Teams meet for 1-hour weekly to discuss individual and group research projects (i.e. studies, presentations, and publications). Research teams also provide an introduction on how to conduct, present, and publish research studies. Research teams are made up of faculty along with students from different cohorts to allow for peer to peer and faculty to student mentoring. 

Both the Counseling Psychology Program Handbook and Clinical Handbook will be made available and provided to students during orientation. Applicants may view the PDF Presentation on the program's website for program flowchart and course requirements. 

Entering students are informed of their eligibility for the McNair Fellowship (if you had McNair funding in undergraduate school) and the Douglass Scholarship (if you have strong GPA's, strong GRE scores, and an interest in joining the academy). Students are also eligible for Graduate Assistantship after their first year in the doctoral program. For more information on these opportunities, visit the Howard University Graduate School website. Students are strongly encouraged to network within the School of Education, Howard University's campus community, and externally for assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and grants. 

Students are encouraged to review faculty research interests and descriptions on the program website prior to submitting an application. Students are encouraged to also contact faculty directly to discuss current research projects for further information. Research advisors are selected based on students' stated research interests, faculty research interests, and the overall fit of the faculty and advisee.

Students are expected to submit yearly proposals and to and present at annual psychological conferences that include The American Psychological Association's Annual Convention, The Association of Black Psychologists Annual Convention, Teacher's College of Columbia University's Winter Roundtable, The National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Howard University Research Week, The Diversity Challenge, and  other interdisciplinary conferences specific to the student's research interests. 

The dissertation committee is made up of four core faculty members from The Counseling Psychology Program and The Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies, including your advisor. The fifth member must be outside of The School of Education. Students are encouraged to discuss members of their committee with their advisor throughout the dissertation process. 

Students are encouraged to collaborate and work with faculty outside of the department on projects that align with their research and professional goals. Faculty members also have collaborative and productive relationships with faculty members in other programs and departments. Students wishing to engage in collaborations should discuss opportunities with their advisor. 

While The Howard University Counseling Psychology Program strives to keep our program information updated on the program website, for more up to date information about the work of our students and faculty,  we encourage all students interested in and currently in the program to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Our information is: 

Facebook: @HowardCounselingPsychology Instagram: @Howardu_CounselingPsych 

You should contact the Program Coordinator. You can also inquire faculty-specific information directly from the faculty member with which you would like to work. Please see our program page for contact information.