Doctoral Admissions—Counseling Psychology

Please follow the directions below to apply to Western Michigan University's counseling psychology doctoral program, offered through the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

Application deadline: Dec. 10 for the fall semester

Materials required by the admissions office

  1. Online graduate application for admission and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores, including GRE Psychology score if applying on the basis of a bachelor’s degree

These materials are to be sent to:

Office of Admissions
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211 USA
Phone: (269) 387-2000

Materials required by the department

  1. Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program application
  2. Three current letters of recommendation
  3. A current resume or vita
  4. An autobiography which includes a clear and complete statement of the development of the applicant’s professional goals and how the applicant relates those goals to doctoral studies in counseling psychology

These materials are to be sent to:

Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5226 USA
(269) 387-5100

All the above materials must be received by Dec. 10. If Dec. 10 falls on a weekend or holiday all application materials must be received by the next business day. We recommend that you allow a minimum of two weeks for your materials to arrive by the deadline date.

Application information for international applicants

Graduate admission requires preparation of two sets of application forms—one for the Office of International Admissions and Services and another for the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. The deadline for receipt of all admission materials for the counseling psychology doctoral program is Dec. 10 for the fall semester (our doctoral program admission deadlines are earlier than the general application deadlines for Office of International Admissions and Services). Application procedures for international students are available from the Office of International Admissions and Services.

Once completed, both sets of application forms must be returned to:
Office of International Admissions and Services
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49009-5245 USA

Admission review procedures

Initial screening of applicants is based on:

  • An assessment of a student's grade point average
  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • Appropriateness of academic preparation
  • Relevance of professional experience
  • Quality of references
  • Appropriateness of career goals
  • Quality of submitted writing samples

Applicants to the counseling psychology doctoral program should request current admission information from both the WMU Office of Admissions and the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

In mid-February, selected applicants are scheduled for interviews with faculty and current students. Applicants not selected for interviews will be notified. Following the interview process, the counseling psychology training committee decides which applicants will be offered admission into the program. Notification of acceptance, alternate status, or denial is made in early to mid-March. Offers of admission must be accepted or declined by April 15.

The number of applicants recommended for admission each year varies and is determined primarily by the availability of faculty advisors for incoming students. The program received 69 completed applications for 2006-07, and admitted nine students. Over the last seven years, 90 percent of students who matriculated in the doctoral program remain current or have graduated. Over the same period, the mean and median number of years to complete the doctoral degree for students entering with a bachelor’s or master’s degree is six (14 percent took fewer than five years, 24 percent five years, 27 percent six years, 19 percent seven years and 16 percent took more than seven years).

Questions

Eric Sauer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor, Co-Training Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program
Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, Grand Rapids
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
WMU Graduate Center
200 Ionia St SW
Grand Rapids MI 49503 USA
Phone: (616) 771-4171
Fax: (616) 742-5085
eric.sauer@wmich.edu