Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology -
Financial Support, Graduate Assistantships, and Scholarships
All students receive partial or full tuition-waivers. Generally, first-year students receive full waivers, whether in-state or out-of-state. We cannot guarantee full waivers for each year, as tuition waivers are set by the Graduate school. However, in the past 10 years, all students have received at least 9 credits of waiver per semester (unless their enrollment was less than that). Eligible students should also apply for the Cultural Diversity Tuition Waiver.
Special Notice for Applicants from Western States
The Counseling Psychology Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program. Applicants who are residents of 13 western states (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) qualify for resident tuition status starting their first year in the program. We are happy to be recognized as one of only two Counseling Psychology programs classified as WRGP programs.
The department regularly receives funding for eight quarter-time Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and one quarter-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). GTAs assist in the instruction and supervision of master's level practitioner coursework. Quarter-time assistantships require 8 – 10 hours of work per week, half-time require 15 – 20. The current stipend for GTA, GSA and GRA positions is determined by the Graduate School. For the 2010-11 academic year, the stipend for a ¼-time GTA with a Master’s degree is $7,864.20. Individual health insurance, paid for by the University, is also provided for Graduate Assistants. Additional coverage for family members is available, but paid for by the student. First, second- and third-year doctoral students have priority for GTA appointments.
In addition to on-campus departmental GA positions, the on-line MA Program in School Counseling supports 4 – 6 TA positions each year. These TAs have the opportunity to teach or TA for on-line courses, thereby gaining valuable experience in distance education techniques.
Students in the PhD program often hold GTA or GSA positions in other departments and programs on campus. Examples of these positions include Women’s Center GSA, Rural Health GRA, Dean of Students Crisis Response Team GSA, Student Health Promotions GSA, Career Services GSA, and the University Counseling Center GSA.
The Graduate School sponsors competitive Summer Doctoral Fellowship awards. These are primarily used to spend fulltime during the summer for dissertation work.