Admission Requirements and Application Procedures


We're pleased you are considering applying to the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. We hope you have visited our Prospective Students and Faculty and Research links for information on our students and faculty and the exciting training we offer. The university has delayed its online application process for this year so you will download the word document application, complete it, and submit that form along with your essays via email to the address on the application. You may obtain the application here or at the application link on the Admissions page. Please contact Dr. Sara Bridges or Asia Amos, the Graduate Assistant for Program Administration, with specific questions.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2017

Applicants to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology typically hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in counseling, psychology, or a related mental health field and often have had substantial supervised counseling work experience. The following master's level courses (or their equivalents) are typically completed as part of master's level training in counseling or psychology programs. However, if these were not completed in masters' programs, they are prerequisite to full admission in the doctoral program:

  • Group Processes
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Assessment Techniques
  • Pre-Practicum techniques/Practicum
  • Statistics/Research

Individuals without master's degrees are considered for admission only if they have substantial post-bachelors academic, clinical, or research experience.

Applications for both the Graduate School and Department program must be completed. Please refer to the Graduate School for the Graduate School admissions information or contact:

Office of Admissions
The University of Memphis
Administration, Suite 215
Memphis TN 38152
(901) 678-4212

Student contacts

One important piece of information is how current students perceive the program, but applicants don't always know how to contact those students. At the Counseling Psychology program at The University of Memphis, several doctoral students (and graduates) in the program have volunteered to serve as contacts and information sources for students who are considering applying to the doctoral program at The UofM. These students and information about their year in the program are listed below. Please click on a name to send an email.

Michael Schaeffer: 3rd Year

Madeline Stenersen: 3rd Year

Emily Brown: On internship

Hannah Emery: On internship 

Danielle Miro: Graduate

Brian Bruijn: Post-Internship

Christina Ingram: Graduate

Jessie Smith: Graduate

Christine Jehu: Graduate

Michael Sawyer: Graduate

Financial information about the city of Memphis and the university

Financial considerations play a vital role in the decision-making process. Please click here for detailed information about funding in the department. Students may also benefit from additional knowledge about cost of living in Memphis, program amenities, etc. Please click on the link below for more details about living in Memphis.

Additional Financial Information

If you have further questions, please contact Sara Bridges, Ph.D., Training Director, Counseling Psychology