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This American Psychological Association–accredited doctoral program prepares you to work as a counseling psychologist in colleges, community agencies, clinics, and hospitals. Graduates of this license-qualifying doctoral program are eligible to take the New York State Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.

Academic Plan Code: CNPS

Degree: PHD

Credits: 69 - 72 

Students with a master’s degree in counseling with prior exposure to practicing counseling theories will complete the program for 69 credits. Students without such prior exposure will complete the program for 72 credits.



Academic Load: Full-time only. The time it takes for you to complete this program will vary, based on the number of credits you register for each semester. Graduate course credits in counseling and psychology may be applied towards degree requirements in consultation with your academic adviser. 

Application Deadline
Spring: n/a
Summer: n/a
Fall: December 1

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5555


Primary Research Mentors

The doctoral program in counseling psychology at NYU is a small, individualized scientist-practitioner training program; thus we pay close attention to the match between the candidate and the program’s faculty and resources. In particular, we seek to admit students whose professional interests align with the program as a whole and whose research interests are well-matched with those of more than one faculty member. Each new student will be matched with a primary research mentor and will also be supported by secondary faculty mentors in other research and clinical roles.

The faculty who are available to serve as primary research mentors for the Fall 2022 admission are:

Other faculty are potentially available to serve as secondary mentors, so we encourage you to write about your interests and experiences that demonstrate that you are a good match with the program as a whole as well as with your potential primary mentor.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates to this doctoral program require 18 prior credits (or 6 courses) in psychology, including at least one course in statistics.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed - double spaced three to four page statement of purpose, include responses to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in counseling psychology?

  • What evidence supports that you have a high level of ability to work as both a clinician and a researcher?

  • Briefly describe a research plan you’d like to pursue in the doctoral program as well as your clinical training goals. What makes you a good match with what NYU Counseling Psychology’s curriculum, faculty, and resources have to offer?  How might the coursework, program resources, and faculty support each aspect of your doctoral training?

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English
Interview Date

The Department of Applied Psychology will be holding their interview date for a select group of PhD applicants on Friday, February 11, 2022 by invitation only. Selected applicants will receive an invitation by email to interview in early February.  All interviews, lab visits, and tours will be held virtually. Invited applicants should be prepared to keep the entire day free for the interviews and other planned sessions. However, if invited applicants have scheduling or time zone conflicts with the interview date, the admission committees will do their best to accommodate.

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.