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  • Counseling Psychology and School Psychology (Combined PhD)

    The Only APA Accredited Combined Ph.D. Program in Florida

    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

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    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 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 – 150 or above
    Analytical – 4.0 or above

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions.

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    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.


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    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.

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    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.

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    Dr. Deborah Ebener
    Dr. Deb Osborn
    Dr. Martin Swanbrow Becker
    Dr. Kathleen Krach
    V. Casey Dozier
    Dr. Lyndsay Jenkins
    Dr. Laura Reid Marks

    Courtesy Faculty

    Robert L. Glueckauf
    F. Donald Kelly (Professor Emeritus)
    Gary W. Peterson (Professor Emeritus)
    Robert C. Reardon (Professor Emeritus)
    James Sampson (Professor Emeritus)
    Frances Prevatt (Professor Emeritus)

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