Counseling Psychology and School Psychology (Combined Ph.D.)


Florida State’s combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for practice as a health service psychologist. Graduates from our counseling psychology program go on to work in a variety of settings. Furthermore, our students contribute to the advancement of the profession through research and scholarship.

Within this combined program, you’ll share a common core of experience in research and practice. As you work through the curriculum, you’ll select a concentration in counseling psychology or school psychology and have the option of dual concentration. You’ll also be eligible for licensing as a psychologist in the state of Florida upon graduation.

Regardless if you focus on counseling psychology, school psychology or both, you will receive mentorship from acclaimed faculty members. Faculty members in the program specialize in addiction, ADHD, career counseling and vocational psychology, to name a few.

The American Psychological Association (APA) accredits the 4-7 year combined doctoral program. Questions regarding the accreditation status of the combined doctoral program should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ph: 202-336-5979

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.


  • A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA –An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).
  • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores for longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. The FSU Institution Code is 5219.

Target Scores:
Verbal – 150 or above
Quantitative – 148 or above
Analytical – 4.0 or above

  • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5), MELAB (minimum 77), Cambridge C1 Advanced Level (minimum 180), Michigan Language Assessment (minimum 55), and Duolingo (minimum 120)
  • Transcripts  Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

For this program, the following documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:

  • Personal Statement (1 required)  The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length. Click here to view the Statement of Purpose Information & Guide.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
  • Unofficial Transcripts  Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for this program are as follows:

  • Final deadline –December 1 (Fall admission only). You have until midnight on the day of the deadline to submit your application. All required materials must be received by this date. Folders cannot be reviewed unless complete.


Diversity Statement

The combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology is committed to the values of diversity and inclusivity that go beyond the goal of “non-discrimination.” In accordance with our mission, which includes preparing individuals to practice ethically and competently as health service psychologists in a diverse society, we seek to develop and integrate culturally sensitive and appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills through our teaching, supervision, research, and practice. We seek to create and maintain a community of safety and trust that recognizes and encourages diversity including, but not limited to, differences of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national and regional origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status/class, and other dimensions of diversity.

Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for school psychologists and counselors is expected to grow 14.3% through 2026, which equates to 12,800 new jobs in the field. Educational and school psychologists across the nation earn a median salary of $76,990.


The following core faculty are accepting doctoral students for fall 2022: Drs. Ebener, Hall, Jenkins, Osborn, Reid Marks and Swanbrow Becker.

Core Faculty:

Dr. Deborah Ebener
Dr. Garret Hall
Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins
Dr. Deb Osborn
Dr. Laura Reid Marks
Dr. Martin Swanbrow Becker

Core Clinical Faculty:

Dr. V. Casey Dozier
Dr. Taylor Thompson

Associated Faculty:

Dr. Erik Hines
Dr. Tristen Hyatt
Dr. Simone May
Dr. Eunhui Yoon

Courtesy Faculty:
F. Donald Kelly (Professor Emeritus)
Frances Prevatt (Professor Emeritus)
Gary W. Peterson (Professor Emeritus)
James Sampson (Professor Emeritus)
Robert C. Reardon (Professor Emeritus)
Robert L. Glueckauf
Scott Porter
Steven Pfeiffer (Professor Emeritus)

Admissions Staff


Please contact Dr. Deb Osborn with any questions you may have regarding the program.

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