Doctoral Studies

Specializations - Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our APA-accredited Counseling Psychology training in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. We have designed this Website to help you gain an accurate and comprehensive view of our program. Our central mission is to educate counseling psychologists who are competent to work effectively with diverse urban populations – competent in assessment, intervention, research, and supervision tasks. Our program is designed to immerse students in the issues facing urban populations as well as to help students develop the competencies they need to function as professional psychologists. Counseling psychology became a designated specialization in the Urban Education Ph.D. program in 2006 and earned its APA accreditation in 2010. Its graduates have been eligible for psychology licensing in Ohio since 1992. In the years between 1992 and 2006, it was identified as a counseling training sequence.

Counseling Psychology at CSU follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and it has these major goals:

  1. Training counseling psychologists who have the requisite knowledge base and therapeutic skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology.
  2. Training counseling psychologists who have the necessary knowledge and skills for competent practice and research within a multicultural diverse urban society.
  3. Training counseling psychologists who will contribute to and/or apply the scientific knowledge base of psychology using skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Cleveland State was chosen as the host institution for the Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) for 2013-2016! And, we are delighted to announce that our students were nationally recognized by being selected over other APA accredited programs and have had a major role in the Society for Counseling Psychology. Congratulations to this amazing group of students!
April 15th, 2014 The program is delighted to announce that the cohort beginning in Fall, 2015 will be comprised of 2 students who present with graduate degrees and impressive clinical, research, and academic training!
July, 2014 - The doctoral program has been re-accredited by the American Psychological Association for 7 years.

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Admission Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: January 15th

Prerequisites: Masters degree in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology or closely related field. Research experience and experience in an applied setting is preferred. Good communication skills.

Minimum G.P.A: minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.85 and 3.5 graduate GPA.

GRE RequirementCompetitive GRE scores (see mean scores below).

Letters of Recommendation: Strong three letters of recommendation (including at least one from a graduate faculty member) and also a personal statement not exceeding 3 pages which should include the factors attracted you to counseling psychology and to Cleveland State’s program, description of your research experience, Description of your goals for doctoral study and for your career and description of your interests in research and practice.

Applicant data:

Admitted Students, 2012-2013 Mean GRE Scores

Verbal 143 (New scoring system)
Quantitative 145 (New scoring system)
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.72
Mean Masters GPA: 3.73

Mean GRE scores and Grades of Admitted Students 2013-2014

Verbal 156
Quantitative 151
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.45
Mean Masters GPA: 3.87

Mean GRE scores and Grades of Admitted Students 2014-2015

Verbal 156
Quantitative 155
Analytical writing 4.0
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.46
Mean Masters GPA: 3.89


For 2015-2016 there are 4 core counseling psychology faculty members along with numerous other faculty who teach research, general psychology courses, Urban Education and Urban Studies courses, and counselor education faculty. All faculty are available to assist students with their development as competent professionals. Faculty profiles are available at

Justin C. Perry, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Donna E. Schultheiss, Ph.D. Professor and Co-Director of Training
Graham Stead, Ph.D. Professor, Director Urban Education Ph.D. Program
Julia C. Phillips, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Year 1:Full time course enrollment for each semester and 6 credits in summer session
  • Year 2:Full time course enrollment for each semester, practicum, and at least one summer session course
  • Year 3:Practicum, half time courses, and comprehensive examinations
  • Year 4:Dissertation research and optional 3rd year of practicum
  • Year 5: Predoctoral internship*
*Students who elect to do a 2-year half time internship will complete the program in at least 6 years
Students begin a 4-semester sequence of enrollment in practicum at the beginning of their second year of enrollment in the program. The first practicum focuses on psychotherapy and the second on assessment. All practicum placements are community based. All practica must be supervised by licensed psychologists. The following represent the community sites in Northeast Ohio in which counseling psychology students have been placed in the last 3 years
Oberlin College Counseling Center
Cleveland State University Counseling Center
Guidestone, Cleveland Ohio
University of Akron Counseling Center
Baldwin Wallace College, Health and Counseling Services
Cleveland Clinic, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program
Neurology and Neuroscience Associates, Inc.
Portage Path Behavioral Health, Akron
Connections, Beachwood
Bellefaire JCB, Shaker heights


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by the American Psychological Association. Contact information for the The Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association is as follows:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Accreditation and Consultation
750 First Street NEv
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242v
Phone: (202) 336-5979 Fax: (202) 336-5978