The material linked to this page is intended to be as helpful as possible for students who are considering a career as a Counseling Psychologist, and may be wondering if the UT doctoral program would be a good match for their professional interests. Whether you are in your senior year of undergraduate study and ready to apply to graduate school, in the first years of your bachelor’s studies, or already a professional with years of practical experience, we know the decision about which graduate program is best for you is one of the most important you will ever make. We hope the information you find on these web pages will help in that process.
The UT Counseling Psychology program is designed to train doctoral level psychologists in the skills of research, practice, and advocacy. Note that the program requires students to enroll full time and stay in residence for the first three years of their training. The Ph.D. that graduates receive allows them to apply for licensure as a psychologist in all 50 states. Graduates are trained as highly skilled behavioral scientists, and thus are well qualified to serve in research roles, as faculty members, as staff psychologists in university counseling centers, as consultants to business and industry, as psychologists in private practice, and in a wide variety of other professional roles.
We welcome applications from undergraduate students with a strong background in psychology (although they need not be psychology majors), from graduate students who have earned a Masters in counseling or a related field, and from persons who have been working in a helping profession for some time after earning their degree. We are especially pleased to receive applications from U.S. ethnic minority students, from international students, and from any person who brings cultural diversity to our program. Since 2004, over one third of the students admitted have been U.S. ethnic minority or international students. Many others also bring a diversity of cultural and life experience that enriches the training of each entering cohort of students.
If you have already decided to apply, you will find detailed instructions and application materials by clicking here. Students who apply should be interested in earning a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Note that we do not accept applications for a terminal Masters degree.
To find out more about the field of Counseling Psychology, and whether your interests and values might be a good match for our training program, we have created a sequence of self-guided questions to consider with associated detailed information. If you take the time to consider this material, we are confident you will come away with a much clearer sense of whether a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at UT is the best choice for you.
At the 2007 Town Hall Meeting, students were asked to generate a list of Top Ten Reasons to Apply to the UT Counseling Psychology program. You will see that they did not stop with ten reasons. We also have a list of answers to frequently asked questions about Counseling Psychology and our program.
To get an even more detailed picture of the program, we invite you to browse through this link to see all the materials used by current students.
Counseling Psychology Program
1404 Circle Dr., Rm. 312
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Jacob Levy, Ph.D.
Program Administrative Assistant
Alecia M. Davis