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Graduate Director

Miller, Matthew J, Full Member


Hoffman, Mary Ann, Full Member

Kivlighan, Dennis, Full Member

Lent, Robert W., Full Member

Associate Professor

Shin, Richard Q, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Phillips, Pepper E., Full Member

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Counseling Psychology (COCP)   

Program Title and Classification

Counseling Psychology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education


The graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education (CoPE) include several distinct areas of specialization that are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for practice and scholarship in counseling and related human service professions. These fields are concerned with assisting people individually, in groups, and in organizations to attain their optimal level of personal, social, educational, and career functioning. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and universities, mental health agencies, business and industry, government agencies, and other community service and practice facilities. Depending on the specific area of specialization and level of training, program graduates may serve as researchers, educators, supervisors, psychologists, counselors, or program administrators.


Master's level professional entry-level training is offered in the School Counseling program, which prepares students to become school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. School counselors are leaders, advocates, and systemic change agents who provide individual and group counseling to school-aged children, develop and implement comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, and collaborate with all key stakeholders, including classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members, to ensure the academic, personal-social, and college-career development of students.


The Ph.D. degree is offered in two areas of specialization: Counseling Psychology (in collaboration with the Psychology Department) and School Psychology. Doctoral studies prepare students to achieve exceptional competence in the theory and practice of their field; to develop a high level of skills as researchers, educators and administrators; and to assume positions of leadership in relevant settings. Students in the specialization of Counseling Psychology are prepared to work as researchers, educators, psychologists, and supervisors in such settings as academic departments, college and university counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. Doctoral-level school psychologists serve as researchers, university faculty, supervisors, administrators, and advanced level practitioners. Program accreditation within CoPE includes: The School Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The School Psychology doctoral program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and is also approved for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education. The School Counseling masters program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.


Note that, since 2012, the CoPE graduate programs have been part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. The CoPE programs were previously housed in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services.       


The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Maryland is a joint program between the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services and the Department of Psychology. Our Counseling Psychology Program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953. In ratings evaluating Counseling Psychology over the past three decades, the University of Maryland is always among the very top ranked programs in the United States. Our faculty represent a broad range of research interests, including psychotherapy process and outcome research, multicultural psychology, vocational psychology, and interpersonal relationships.


For more information please visit our site at

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

Applicants for regular admission to master's degree programs must have an undergraduate GPA of at least B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants for admission to Ph.D. programs should check specific admissions criteria on the program's website. Applicants' undergraduate programs should ordinarily include at least 15 semester hours of coursework in behavioral science fields (e.g., anthropology, education, psychology, sociology, statistics). Selective screening of qualified applicants is necessary in order to limit enrollments to a size that guarantees high quality professional preparation and a close working, professional relationshp between faculty and students.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits required

Statistics courses (6 credits)

EDCP or PSYC 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Remainder of coursework (18 credits)


Students pursing doctoral degrees may earn the M.A. with thesis within the doctoral program while progressing to the Ph.D. The applicant should consult the web page associated with specific CoPE program areas of specialization for further information concerning the relevant entry-level requirements and curriculum.    


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Students must complete courses in the following five areas:

1. Individual Differences: PSYC 611: Advanced Developmental Psychology, PSYC 612: Affective Science Perspectives on Temperament & Personality, or EDHD 720: Social Development and Socialization Processes

2. Biological Bases of Behavior: PSYC 606: Human Biopsychology or EDHD 775: Human Development and Neuroscience

3. Cognitive or Affective Bases of Behavior: PSYC 607: Advanced Topics in Human-Learning and Cognitive PsychologY, EDHD 721: Cognitive Development and Learning: An Introduction, or EDHD 760: Advanced Educational Psychology

4. Social Bases of Behavior: PSYC 604: Fundamentals of Social Psychology

5. History and Systems: PSYC 610: Historical Viewpoints and Current Theories in Psychology or EDCP789F: History of Mental Health and Psychological Science

Remainder of coursework:

EDMS 646: Quantitative Research Methods II (3 credits EDMS 651: Applied Multiple Regression Analysis (3 credits)
PSYC 629: Clinical Laboratory or EDCP 789: Advanced Topics in Counseling (variable credits) PSYC 638: Externship in Professional Psychology or EDCP 888: Apprenticeship in Counseling and Personnel Services (variable credits)
PSYC/EDCP 680: Basic Didactic Practicum in Counseling Psychology (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 682: Didactic - Practicum in Group Interventions (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 685: Didactic - Practicum in Counseling Supervision (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 686: Didactic - Practicum in Career Interventions (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 690: Research in Counseling Psychology I (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 691: Research in Counseling Psychology II (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 692: Assessment in Counseling Psychology I (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 693: Assessment in Counseling Psychology II (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 695: Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 697: Multicultural Issues in Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 698: Advanced Didactic-Practicum in Counseling Psychology (3 credits) PSYC/EDCP 700: Theories and Strategies of Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC/EDCP 799: Master's Thesis Research (at least 6 credits required) PSYC/EDCP 898: Pre-Candidacy Research (variable credits)
PSYC/EDCP 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research (after candidacy; 12 credits minimum) PSYC 639 or EDCP 889: Internship in Counseling Psychology (2-3 credits)



Ph.D. students are expected to attain advanced skills as both practitioners and researchers in their area of specialization. All doctoral students are required to take advanced courses in statistics and research design. Because of the highly specialized nature of each of the doctoral programs, applicants should consult the web page for specific areas of specialization. These pages describe specific course and fieldwork requirements, the nature of the comprehensive examination required for completion of the program, and the dissertation requirements.



Facilities and Special Resources

All master's, A.G.S., and doctoral students are required to include supervised fieldwork experiences in their degree programs. The Counseling Psychology area of concentration has excellent cooperative relationships with on-campus facilities, such as the Counseling Center and Health Center. Fieldwork may also be done at a wide variety of school systems, colleges and universities, and counseling services and mental health agencies in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, or nationally.


In addition to campus and program resources, students utilize the many major research and professional institutions that are easily accessible to the campus. These include the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, professional associations such as the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education offers graduate research, teaching, and administrative assistantships on a selective basis to both masters and doctoral students. The Department also assists its students in finding assistantship placements with a variety of on-campus and off-campus units. In addition, a small number of new Ph.D. students are offered highly selective fellowships funded jointly by the Department and the University.

Contact Statement

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web sites:






Yun Lu, Graduate Assistant

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2858

Fax: (301) 405-9995


Carol Scott, Coordinator

Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

University of Maryland, 3214 Benjamin Bldg

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.8384

Fax: (301) 405-9995


Associated Information




Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.); School Counseling (M.A.,M.Ed.,A.G.S.); School Psychology (Ph.D.)


Counseling Psychology (COCP)

Higher Education (HIED)

International Education Policy (HIEP)

School Counseling (COSC)

School Psychology (COSP)

Special Education (EDSP)

Student Affairs (HISA)