Clinical/Counseling Psychology (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD Program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Counseling psychologists are defined as those who enter into professional relationships with individuals and groups and bring to those relationships knowledge of psychology as a science, knowledge of psychological theory and research, a personally integrated theory of psychology, and a social justice and ethical responsibility.

The major principles underlying the Clinical/Counseling Psychology program are a focus on a developmental understanding of clients; commitment to a health model of intervention; and appreciation of the gendered, cultural, and institutional contexts of people’s lives, as these contexts affect both clients and psychologists.

The program follows the scientist–practitioner model of training and is organized in three areas: general psychology, including statistics and research methodology; clinical and counseling psychology; and patterns of learning experiences designed to meet the professional goals of program matriculants.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the New York State psychology licensing examination and are prepared to practice in diverse settings such as colleges, clinics, hospitals, and community agencies, as well as pursue careers in research and teaching.

Accreditation and Licensure

The Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhD program has been fully accredited since 1981 by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. It is currently accredited as a Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhD Program, pending a re-accreditation site visit in 2025. Questions related to the program's accreditation status may be directed to this office:

Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5979

Graduates of the program become fully qualified psychologists with specialized training in counseling and are eligible for licensure by the state. Learn more about licensure requirements in those states in which students are doing learning placements.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.