Overview

Our Counseling Psychology Program (CPP) has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1985 and is rated fourth in the nation by CounselingPsychology.Org. Our program is based upon a scientist-practitioner orientation to counseling psychology, viewing research and practice as interdependent and complementary. Research is considered a fundamental and integral dimension of our program and students with a strong interest in psychological research, pursuing academic careers, and combining research and practice are given priority in admissions decisions.

Who should apply

Graduate level students who want to:

  • Pursue doctoral-level careers in psychological research and practice
  • Engage in research relevant to assessing and understanding behavior
  • Develop multicultural competence in both research and practice

To find out more about applying to the counseling psychology program, read our prospective PhD applicant information sheet.

Programs Offered



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Counseling Psychology program has determined that our curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state of Illinois. We are unable to determine if the curriculum meets the educational requirements for any of the remaining U.S. states and jurisdictions. If you are interested in being licensed in another state, we encourage you to contact the appropriate licensing agency for your location or wherever you desire to be licensed or certified to seek information and additional guidance. For information on licensure, go to https://www.online.uillinois.edu/resources/sara.asp to find your state’s requirements, resources and contact information. Note that our program is accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA); state licensing bodies often look for this accreditation in the licensing process. Please be aware that there may be licensure or certification requirements in addition to an academic program’s curriculum. In general our program is positioned to meet the licensure requirements in the state in which you intend to reside.