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What will I learn?

The University of South Alabama offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (CCP). This program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences in the College of Education and Professional Studies. The program combines an asset-strength model from Counseling Psychology with a health psychology/wellness model from Clinical Psychology. The Clinical and Counseling Psychology program prepares professionals to provide the most effective and culturally sensitive types of psychological care for individuals and communities. Further, the program is based on a scientist-practitioner model of training, meaning that graduates will develop competence in clinical practice, scientific research, and ability to integrate these two domains. Graduates of the program will have a set of competencies which will also enable them to work successfully with a variety of other health care professionals for the purposes of health promotion and to prevent and remediate mental health conditions in the world. Graduates might be employed in a variety of settings, including counseling centers in colleges and universities, medical centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, schools, private practices, health and wellness facilities, state and federal agencies, family counseling services, academic departments in higher education institutions, and professional associations. Such responsibilities would include direct service to individuals and the management of psychological services for individuals and groups using evidence-based interventions as well as research, advocacy, teaching, supervision and/or training other health professionals.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 66 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $936 per credit hour
Start date

22 August 2023


College of Education and Professional Studies

University of South Alabama,

University Commons 3360,



36688, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A baccalaureate or graduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or a closely related field. An undergraduate minimum gpa of 3.3 overall or a graduate minimum gpa of 3.5 overall (4 point scale).

For international students

Applicants can apply at one of two stages of their education.

Admission having only previously completed with a Bachelor's Degree: Students admitted at this stage must complete the requirements of the master's degree in psychology (Clinical & Counseling Psychology Concentration) along the way to earning their Ph.D. (see required coursework).

Admission having already earned with a Master's Degree: Students who have completed a master’s degree (Master of Science/Arts/Education) at another institution will enter the doctoral training program upon admission. Students are still held to course and program requirements of the Masters’ Degree in Psychology (Clinical & Counseling Psychology Concentration). Such students may submit requests to have these requirements waived based on prior graduate level coursework and other program requirements (e.g., master’s thesis).

English Proficiency Requirement: Minimum Duolingo: 100; Minimum TOEFL: 71; Minimum IELTS: 6.0; Minimum iTEP: 3.7; Minimum Pearson Academic: 48.

Application Deadlines: Fall - 15th December.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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