WSU College of Education Graduate Studies

Counseling and Counseling Psychology

Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees, available in Pullman.

Ph.D. program in counseling psychology

This program prepares students for careers in counseling, teaching, research, and other professional roles as counseling psychologists. For example, graduates obtain positions in university counseling centers, academic faculty in counseling psychology departments, private or group practice in psychology, or other mental health settings as therapists. Graduates of the program are license-eligible in most states. The Ph.D. program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1990.

Master's program in community counseling

The master's program in counseling is focused towards community counseling, which, in combination with the fulfillment of additional post-degree requirements, prepares students for licensure as a mental health counselor. Students can pursue the master of arts (M.A.) degree, with or without thesis. The M.A. degree, with thesis, can be helpful for students who plan to subsequently apply for doctoral programs or who have a strong interest in conducting research, although M.A. graduates without thesis also apply for and enter doctoral programs.