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Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Last Updated: September 2019

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The Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Maryland is designed to prepare students for academic, research, and practice careers at the doctoral level. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes the value of concurrent training in research, practice, and their integration. Consistent with this model, we strive to create a positive environment that trains students broadly in general psychology as a behavioral science, and enables students to become competent in conducting research and providing counseling. Our curriculum is designed to help students experience firsthand how these various activities can inform and enhance one another. Students receive rigorous training through a variety of educational modalities, including (a) general psychology courses, (b) small counseling psychology seminars, (c) research, and (d) applied counseling experiences with intensive personalized supervision.

The training program prepares our students for a diversity of career paths. A survey indicated that our recent graduates hold a wide variety of positions, the most common being staff psychologists in university counseling centers and tenure-track faculty members in universities. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification and licensing examinations as psychologists.

Please explore the links under “Our Training Program” in the menu bar above to learn more about our training program, including our approach to training in research and practice, curriculum, geographic location, commitment to multiculturalism, and our history. For additional information about our program, we encourage you to select the link for our current Program Handbook.