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Ph.D. Program - Counseling Psychology

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Assistantships

For the 2016-2017 year, students received an Assistantship with full waiver of tuition and a stipend ranging from $14,250 - $18,525, depending on the specific appointment and whether the appointment was for 9 or 12 months. The tuition waiver covers courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Assistantships require students to work for 20 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters, but not during Summer. Health insurance is provided at no charge to students who have assistantships.

Counseling Psychology students are guaranteed an assistantship and tuition waiver from Department of Psychology funds for their first year of full-time graduate study. Although in their second year and afterward the Department does not guarantee funding for any student, in every year from 2004 to the present, all Counseling Psychology students in their first five years of training who sought an assistantship have been supported. Typically, Counseling Psychology students hold a Teaching Assistantship in their second year. In the third and fourth years, many students continue in Graduate Teaching Assistantships, some taking full responsibility as instructors of courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Research Design, or Social Psychology. Other students provide counseling services in community agencies, or in campus units such as Arts and Sciences Advising, UT Residence Life, the Office of Career Services, or the University Counseling Center, among others. These service-related assistantships provide valuable training opportunities, but the program cannot guarantee these assistantships because selection of students is determined by the agency providing the funding. However, students receive intensive training in their first two years so that they can successfully compete for these selective assistantships in their third through fifth year. Students who make steady academic progress should be ready to begin a full time paid APA-accredited internship in their sixth year of training (or sooner if they enter with a Masters degree).

Fellowships

Unlike Assistantships, fellowships ordinarily do not carry an expectation of service. Fellowships provide a tuition waiver and a stipend at a level that is equal to, and in most cases greater than, an assistantship. Fellowships involve a competitive selection process and may be awarded by outside agencies or from internal UT funds. Some fellowships provide multiple years of support, while others cover only a student's first year in the program. When a student's fellowship ends, she or he is eligible to receive an assistantship as described in the previous section. Recently, four Counseling Psychology students have been awarded fellowships including the APA Minority Fellowship (three years of support) and the University of Tennessee Diversity Enhancement award (tuition and stipend in the first year).

Time to Completion for all students entering the program

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 6 4 3 4 4 6 9 36
Mean number of years to complete the program 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5
Median number of years to complete the program 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 1 17 0 0 0 0 1 25 0 0 2 33 0 0 4 11
Students in 5 years 4 67 3 75 2 67 3 75 2 50 2 33 4 44 20 56
Students in 6 years 1 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50 2 33 4 44 9 25
Students in 7 years 0 0 1 25 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 3 8
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*Students may enter the program either post-bachelor's or post-Master's. Students wishing to have previous coursework count for UT requirements must provide their advisor with documentation (e.g., course syllabi). The decision on a course waiver is limited to whether or not the content of a course that the UT Program requires has been covered by a course or combination of courses you have previously taken. Certain waiver decisions must be approved by both your advisor and the program director, while others require approval for the primary instructor of the course being waived, along with the program director before previous courses can count for UT requirements. There are a limited number of courses in our program that may not be waived under any circumstance because they are specific to earning a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee. If your proposal is approved, the requirement for specific courses on your UT Curriculum Planner is waived, and the total number of credits you are required to take is reduced accordingly. For students entering the program with a Master's degree in counseling, the time to completion is generally reduced by one academic year.

Program Costs

Description 2016-2017 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) 12,834
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) 31,252
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable enter amount; if not applicable enter "NA") NA
University/institution fees or costs  734
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) 836

Internship Placement - Table 1

Outcome  Year Applied for Internship
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 3 75 4 100 2 100 7 100 5 71 8 100 4 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained  internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 3 75 4 100 2 100 7 100 6 86 8 100 4 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 4 - 4 - 2 - 7 - 7 - 8 - 4 -

Internship Placement - Table 2

 Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 4 - 4 - 3 - 7 - 7 - 8 - 4 -
Students who obtained paid internships 3 75 4 100 2 67 7 100 6 86 8 100 4 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
* Cell should only include students who applied for internship and are included in applied cell count from "Internship Placement – Table 1"

Attrition

Variable Year of First Enrollment
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 7 - 7 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 5 - 5 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 6 86 7 100 4 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 0 0 0 1 14 6 100 5 100 5 100 5 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 1 14 0 0 2 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Licensure

Outcome 2006-2016
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 34
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 28
Licensure percentage 82%

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