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Counseling Psychology PhD Application Requirements

The Admissions Process

Applications for fall 2020 admission are now closed.

The program is providing preference to applicants with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or a closely related field for the Counseling Psychology PhD admission. Please consider applying to the Master of Counseling program if you do not have a graduate degree.

To apply to the program, applicants must submit both the Graduate Admission application and the materials required by the Counseling Psychology program as described below. Inquiries may be sent to ccp@asu.edu.

All of your application materials must be submitted by December 1 to ensure consideration for admission the following Fall semester. Keep in mind that processing takes time, so plan to take the GRE (and English proficiency exam, if needed) well in advance of the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all materials are sent to the correct offices early enough to be received by December 1. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their files are complete.

The Graduate Admission application is submitted online at Graduate Admissions.

As with most doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology, admission is highly competitive. We average about 120 applications per year and accept approximately 6 students.

Please review the PhD Handbook for more information regarding the admissions decision. Please email ccp@asu.edu for questions not addressed in the handbook, or contact individual faculty members. Faculty members welcome your questions and will respond as time permits.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • A personal statement, no longer than 2 pages (single-spaced, roughly 600-800 words), that addresses your professional goals, preparation for doctoral training, and reasons for pursuing a doctorate in counseling psychology. Additionally, please describe your research interests and how these fit with both ASU’s counseling psychology program and potential faculty advisor(s). We recommend that applicants contact faculty with whom they are interested in working prior to submitting the application.
  • A completed Biographical Information Form.
  • An example of your expository writing (e.g., thesis, conference paper/abstract, research manuscript, literature review, or a paper you have completed for a course). In evaluating these samples, we look for evidence of scholarship and research potential as well as writing ability. Writing samples cannot exceed 1 MB. For documents exceeding 1 MB, please select the excerpt that best highlights your scholarship, research potential, and writing ability.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) documenting work and research experience. Please include:
    • Education history
    • Research experience (including presentations and publications) 
    • Relevant clinical experience
    • Honors, awards, and professional affiliations
    • Leadership
    • Teaching experience
    • Specialized training
    • Languages spoken


Three letters of recommendation are required. We prefer that two of these letters be from persons familiar with your academic work, unless you have been away from school for many years. It is in your best interest to request that these letters address, in a detailed way, your promise as a scientist-practitioner, your career goals, and your interpersonal competence (i.e., our evaluation criteria). As part of the application process, you will be asked if you do or do not waive your right to review the letter of recommendation sent on your behalf. Each recommender will be informed of your decision and asked to send their letter of recommendation electronically directly to ASU.


Applicants please note, ONE (1) official transcript is required as part of the application process for both your undergraduate degree and graduate degree. The official transcripts are to be sent directly to the ASU Graduate Admission. A separate transcript is not needed for the program. (Transcripts submitted by applicants are not accepted.)

GRE Score Report

Have your GRE Score Report sent separately to ASU Graduate AdmissionUse University Code 4007 for reporting. Counseling Psychology does not have a department code. Use OOOO if prompted to enter a department code.

Academic Potential

Applicants to doctoral study in Counseling Psychology must meet the admissibility standard referred to in the profession as the “FRK score,” which is calculated by the following formula:

FRK score = Undergraduate GPA (or Jr/Sr GPA) + (GREverbal + GREquant/400)

The GRE score in this formula is the “old” GRE score ranging from 200-800. The “new” GRE ranges from 130-170. To use the new GRE score in the above equation, convert the new GRE into the old GRE and plug it into the above equation.

Conversion table: http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

A minimum FRK score of 5.5 is required for admission to doctoral study. A FRK of 5.5 can be had, for example, by an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 and Graduate Record Exam scores of 500 in both the verbal and quantitative areas. The FRK score formula permits higher GRE scores to compensate for lower GPA and vice versa.