UMKC Counseling Psychology

April 11, 2016

Doctorate Level Degree

Consistent with UMKC’s urban mission, the Ph.D. program emphasizes cultural and individual diversity within a scientist-practitioner model. Our students learn to be ethical and flexible professionals who can work in a variety of settings while relying on the underlying philosophies of Counseling Psychology and the scientist-practitioner model.

Program graduates apply these values in a variety of settings, including two and four-year colleges and universities, university counseling centers, veteran affairs facilities, hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice. Many also become professional consultants, writers, and scholars.

Our program emphasizes a scientist-practitioner model in which students are informed about and contribute to scientific knowledge and are committed to life-long learning. Student practice activities are informed by research and a scientific attitude, and all professional activities are approached and critically evaluated with an ethical, multicultural, and professional mind-set. Students are also trained to work effectively and ethically with diverse clients, using interventions based on theory and informed by science. Our developmental model provides early and progressive training in both research and practice activity, culminating in professionals who can design, conduct, and evaluate research relevant to the field of psychology.

Full-time students usually complete the degree in 6 – 7 years by following the program curriculum. In addition, please see our admission information for application materials, GRE preparation, and tuition information.

What Makes Us Exceptional

Participate in faculty-guided research teams focusing on multicultural and international issues in a variety of areas including:

  • Counseling Process and Outcome
  • Career Development
  • Secondary School Contexts
  • Domestic Violence
  • Couples and Family Issues
  • Flow
  • Religious Issues
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Sport Psychology
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Gender
  • Trauma
  • Sexual Objectification
  • Body Image / disorder eating
  • Racial and Ethnic Socialization Among Post-Modern Families
  • Multicultural Competencies in Counseling Training
  • Transracial Adoption Issues Throughout the Lifespan
  • Positive Youth Development


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