Ph.D. in COunseling Psychology

Our Ph.D. program is intended for those preparing to become counseling psychologists. Through coursework and hands-on experience, you will learn to evaluate theories and research critically, while gaining a deeper understanding of the communities and individuals you will serve.

The program offers areas of focus, where you can further your skills and become better equipped to provide solutions for the societal and interpersonal challenges facing clients. Students will be able to integrate research to practice and engage in practice that is informed by research. Some faculty research areas include:

  • Multicultural counseling
  • HIV counseling
  • Psychotherapy research
  • Romantic relationships
  • Health psychology and health disparities
  • Group dynamics
  • Supervision and training
  • Vocational psychology and career development
  • Cancer survivorship

Upon completion of our Ph.D. program, and with the additional post-doctoral required hours, you’ll be able to apply for licensure as a psychologist in Colorado and in other states.

Program Requirements

You will need to complete a minimum of 90-quarter credit hours. Other requirements include:

  • Two supervised practica
  • A supervised, 12-month, full-time predoctoral psychology internship
  • Comprehensive exams
  • A predissertation research project
  • A dissertation

The Counseling Psychology (CP) PhD program at the University of Denver has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986 when we received full accreditation. Our program has been continuously accredited since that time. Our last APA site visit occurred in 2018 when we received re-accreditation for 10 years until 2028. For more information, you may contact the American Psychological Association at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:



Our selection process is competitive and based on broad criteria that include:

  • Research and clinical experience
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to diversity issues
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Academic achievement and GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Similarity of interest with core faculty and the Aims and Competencies of the program
Approximate Completion Time

Four to seven years


Department Chair
Dr. Ruth Chao
303-871-2556, KRH 261

Academic Services Associate

Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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