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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology Northeastern University



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The PhD in Counseling Psychology program at Northeastern is designed to train the next generation of mental health professionals.

The PhD Program in Counseling Psychology offers doctoral education and training in psychology and prepares students for entry-level practice in counseling psychology. Doctoral level counseling psychologists conduct research, teach at the university level, supervise students and professionals, consult with community agencies, and provide clinical services to people across the developmental lifespan. Counseling psychologists also enhance the science of health promotion and health psychology and emphasize community-based interventions.

Mission: It is the mission of the PhD in Counseling Psychology program to train multiculturally competent counseling psychologists who are: (1) clinically adept in multiple settings with a variety of psychological and health-related issues; (2) able to conceptualize, conduct, and evaluate research across biological, cultural, and relational systems in numerous social contexts, such as families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

Our clinical training prepares counseling psychologists to work in various settings with individuals presenting with a variety of psychological and health-related issues. We emphasize an ecological model which encourages the conceptualization of relationships and research across multiple systems: biological, cultural, and relational. These relationships occur in various social contexts, including families, schools, neighborhoods and communities.
Program Objectives

  • To prepare graduates for the role of professional psychologists, to include advanced skill development in behavioral observations, interviewing, psychological assessment, counseling and treatment planning and practice, consultation, effective use of supervision and an understanding of and commitment to the profession’s ethical codes.
  • To foster understanding and application of the scientific basis of clinical practice in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.
  • To produce graduates who possess advanced and applied research skills within an ecological perspective.
  • To produce graduates who are committed to and demonstrate ethical practice as counseling psychologists.
  • To produce graduates who are multiculturally competent across sources of difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion/spirituality, disability, and sexual orientation, in both clinical and research settings.
  • To advance the field of counseling psychology using program strengths: (a) an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to clinical services provision and enhancement of the science of health promotion and health psychology; (b) stress on urban, community-based interventions using an ecological approach.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology.

Full Time (62 semester hours)

Tuition fees

USD $1,500 per credit hour




Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave.,



02115, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Prior to beginning a graduate program, students must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Have received a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Have received a master’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have received a first professional or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have been accepted into an approved bachelor’s-to-graduate-degree program

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5; no band lower than 6; TOEFL: Minimum score of 79 and a writing portion of 20; PTE Academic: Minimum score of 53.

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